Grants and programmes

The IOP provides financial support allowing members of the physics community from the UK and Ireland to carry out various activities – including research projects, exchange lectureships and attending conferences – internationally.

Virdee Grant

Thanks to a donation from Professor Sir Tejinder Virdee, the IOP is looking to award a number of small grants (£500 to £2,000) in 2018 that will enable members of the physics community based in the UK and Ireland to undertake activities that will support the development of science and technology in sub-Saharan Africa.

The grants can be used as travel awards, to purchase material/software/equipment, to pay for services for existing collaborations, or preferably for kick-starting new initiatives. For more information please or click here.

The application period for 2018 is now open and will close on the 30th April 2018.

Cockcroft and Walton/Homi Bhabha Lecturer Exchange Programme

To strengthen cooperation between the IOP and the Indian Physics Association, both societies have agreed on an exchange lectureship scheme. This scheme allows for eminent physicists from India as well as the UK and Ireland to give lectures in their exchange country, with lectures taking place in India and in the UK and Ireland in alternate years. The lectures taking place in India are known as the Cockcroft and Walton Lectures, while lectures in the UK and Ireland are called the Homi Bhabha Visiting Lectures. For more information please email

ICO and IOP Travelling Lecturer Programme

The IOP is supporting the International Commission for Optics (ICO) in sponsoring a travelling lecturer programme that enables scientists of international reputation to lecture on modern aspects of optics, particularly in developing countries. See further information.

Research Student Conference Fund

The IOP provides financial support to research students to attend international meetings and major national meetings. See further information.

C R Barber Trust

The C R Barber Trust Fund is open to Associate Members of the IOP, who are in the early stages of their career, and who wish to attend an overseas conference. See further information.

Early Career Researchers Fund for Group Members

The Institute of Physics provides financial support to early career researchers to attend international meetings and visit international facilities. See further information.

Carer's fund

The Carer's fund is available to members who may be prevented from attending international conferences and events related to physics because of the extra costs incurred for caring for dependents while they are travelling. Members can apply for a grant of up to £250 to help with those costs. For more information please visit the IOP Carer's fund information page where you will find more information on eligibility and how to apply.