Conference Grants

The current round of conference grant awards is CLOSED. The next round will be some time in October/November 2014 (deadline to be announced here nearer the time).

General information:

The Mind Association runs two schemes to support those wishing to organise conferences, and both schemes have two rounds per year, normally in late October and early April (precise deadlines vary from year to year and are shown at the earliest possibility):

  • The first scheme offers a Major Conference Grant of £2000, with a guarantee against loss of a further £500. The guarantee against loss is discretionary and subject to receipt of accounts. This grant is normally for conferences running for more than one day.
  • The second is a Minor Conference Grant of £600, normally to contribute to travel and accommodation costs for speakers.

These sums are not inclusive of any funds required to cover costs relating specifically to access to the conference for delegates with disabilities. Conference grant applicants should specify any such costs in their budget, and include in their application a clear special request for any monies needed for this purpose.

The Association has a policy of funding conferences open to all – closed events would not normally be supported. It funds interdisciplinary conferences but only if they have a suitably substantial philosophical element. It also expects conference organisers to pay attention to gender and ethnic diversity, as appropriate, when putting the programme together. We would encourage conference organisers to be guided by the BPA/SWIP Good Practice for conferences and seminar series  http://www.bpa.ac.uk/resources/women-in-philosophy/conferences-seminars

Conference grants are normally for conferences held in the British Isles. Applications should state what other sources of funding have been sought, including those from the host department. If the host department is not supporting the conference financially, applicants are invited to explain why not.

Applications must be made on the following form: Conference Grant Application Form

Please send your application form by email, with Subject heading as ‘Major [or] Minor Conference Grant Application’ as applicable, to the Director of the Association, Prof Miranda Fricker at MindAssoc@gmail.com

You should expect an acknowledgement by email within two or three weeks; if you do not receive an acknowledgement, then you cannot assume your application has been safely received. If you need an immediate reply to a query, please feel free to email the Director at her institutional email,  m.fricker@sheffield.ac.uk

If you are successful in your application, the Director will let you know by email, and the Association normally issues the funds in arrears, on receipt of a satisfactory report which includes a clear statement of expenditure. This report must be sent to the Treasurer, Prof Timothy Chappell at Timothy Chappell@open.ac.uk cc  MindAssoc@gmail.com on the following form:  Conference Report Form

Note to applicants: Owing largely to a significant rise in applications, the Mind Association is generally no longer able to fund all deserving conference applications in any given round.

Applicants may therefore wish to note that the sub-committee’s selection guidelines in such rounds will normally include the following two constraints, which are designed to help us spread limited funds as fairly and geographically evenly as possible:

(1) For any given Department or Institute that is due to host more than one conference in contention for a Major Conference Grant in any given round, the total funds available will be capped at the value of a single Major Conference Grant (£2000).

No application is automatically ruled out by this guideline. Rather, where two or more applications are in contention for a Major grant, a view will be taken as to how best to distribute the available funds across them.

(2) Repeater (e.g. annual) Major grant applications are capped at £1000.

This may be a blow to some of our repeater Major Grant applicants, but the Association can no longer justify annual support at the level of £2000. We have therefore decided to preserve the security of regular funding for deserving repeater conferences by reducing the amount normally available. Applicants should still ask for the full amount in case funds happen to be less tight in that round, but they should be aware that the anticipated situation is that the cap will apply. No corresponding cap applies to repeater Minor Grant applications.

The Mind Occasional Series (Oxford University Press)

If you are planning an edited collection of the papers from your conference, and if you would like it to be considered for inclusion in the Mind Association Occasional Series published by Oxford University Press, please approach the Mind Publications Officer, Professor Julian Dodd, by email at Julian.dodd@manchester.ac.uk

Where the conference grant holder is a postgraduate or postdoctoral student, it is normally expected that a full member of department co-edit the volume. The Association and the Press aim to maintain the highest levels of quality and thematic coherence in these volumes, and all contributions are individually subject to a process of ‘blind’ review handled by OUP upon submission of a complete manuscript including editor(s)’ introduction.

Conference organisers are advised to secure the agreement of their contributors at an early stage. Only in exceptional cases, of which prior notice must be given, will the Press consider a paper that has been previously published or accepted for publication elsewhere.

Royalties on such volumes are paid to the Association, but volume editors are paid a fee out of these royalties in recognition of the considerable work involved in seeing the book through to publication.