Frequently Asked Questions


How do I submit an application?

Please visit our apply page to download a copy of the application form.

Who can I contact for more information?

Please contact with any questions.

Who is eligible to apply?

Full eligibility criteria are described on our about page.

Who is on the judging panel?

The judging panel comprises both professional editors and practising scientists. We have tried to ensure that our selection panel includes a broad and diverse range of experiences. When deciding the composition of our panels we carefully considered factors including gender, geography, subject expertise and whether they were the first member of their family to join academia.

How will you ensure a fair assessment process?

To ensure that all applicants are treated fairly we will make initial assessments against a consistent set of criteria as described on the about page. We anticipate that the broad and diverse range of experiences of panel members who will make an assessment based on a consistent set of principles will enable a fair process. We have written more about the process and the reasons we chose to introduce these grants at of Schemes and Memes.

When is the deadline for applications?

Applications close on 5th November 2018.

When will the winners be announced?

The winners will be announced during early December 2018.

When will the grants funds be provided?

Funds will be transferred to recipients within 30 days of confirmation that their application has been successful.

Are there time restrictions on the use of grant funds?

Recipients should use the funds to travel to an international conference before the end of 2019.

Why are only early career researchers eligible to apply?

The Communications journals are committed to championing the cause of early career researchers and we have written before about the challenges they face, including competition for funding. We believe that it is vital to support their development for the future of science.

Why have you chosen to support travel to scientific conferences or workshops?

Travel to conferences can allow early career researchers to present their work, hear about the latest research and meet other scientists from around the world to discuss ideas and possible collaborations. Not only will the grants benefit the researchers in question, but we also believe it benefits the wider community as we get to meet the recipients, hear their ideas, and learn from their experiences.

Do applicants have to have published research in Springer Nature journals to be eligible?

There is no requirement for applicants to have published in, to have reviewed for or to intend to publish in the Communications journals or any other Springer Nature journal.

Will the Communications journals publish research from grant recipients?

There is no expectation or requirement that recipients submit any research to a journal owned or managed by Springer Nature. The editorial decisions of any journal editor are discretionary and based on the validity and suitability of a manuscript for that journal and as such are entirely independent of the awarding of this grant.

What happens if the circumstances of grant recipients change and they are unable to attend the conference specified within their application?

Whilst the grants are provided to provide support for travel to a particular meeting as specified by the applicant we realise that circumstances can change. We ask that any recipients contact us as soon as possible if for any reason they are not able to travel and use the grant funds in a way that is consistent with the information provided within their application.