CSP Annual Conference: funding support

We understand that some of our members face financial and other barriers to attending our annual conference. This page provides information on our Widening Participation Award, and other funding and support that may be available to you. 

Widening Participation Award

After a successful first year, the Widening Participation Award is back for CSP Annual Conference 2024. (See below for other sources of funding.)

The CSP award enabled me to attend CSP conference, by reducing some of the barriers to participation that result from my medical disabilities.

Widening Participation Award recipient, 2023

  • Want to attend conference but facing financial barriers? 

  • Self-identify as Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic, LGBTQIA+ or have a disability? 

  • Presenting at conference or attending for the first time?

Funding from the CSP Charitable Trust will provide 30 members with free tickets to CSP Annual Conference 2024 (in-person or online) and a further 30 with tickets plus support with travel, accommodation and other associated costs, including childcare if required.  

Applications are open from 10 May until 22 July at 9am.

“This was a great way of overcoming financial barriers to attending.” 

Widening Participation Award Recipient, 2023

Frequently asked questions about the Widening Participation Award

I want to attend the student conference – can I still apply?  

The student conference is free to attend in person for CSP student members and free to attend online for all students. You can still apply for a grant to receive financial support with attending in person 

I am presenting at conference – can I apply? 

Yes! We accept applications from presenters who are facing financial barriers to attending and presenting.  

I want to attend but I need additional support for my disability – can I apply? 

Yes! We can provide additional assistance with travel, accessibility and also financial support for carer to attend if needed.  

Will you ask for proof of my financial situation or barriers? 

No. We trust our members to self-report a financial barrier and do not require proof. We understand that, regardless of salary, everyone has different personal costs and situations which can lead to financial barriers.  

What’s the difference between an in-person and online ticket?  

In-person tickets give you access to the Manchester Central Venue including seven rooms of content, the exhibition hall, poster hall and other smaller sessions. The online ticket gives you access to four of the seven rooms of content and the online poster hall.  

I have a guide or support dog – can I bring them to the conference? 

Yes. However, please let us know in advance so we can ensure the venue can accommodate you and your dog. Get in touch at conference@csp.org.uk

Can I bring my baby to conference? 

Yes, you can. We will signpost you to areas where you can feed your baby should you wish to use them. However, you will be responsible for ensuring childcare for the entire time, including if you are presenting.  

I have a neurodivergent condition and can get overwhelmed. Will there be somewhere quiet I can go? 

Yes, we have a dedicated quiet room for anyone who needs to use it.  

If I am unsuccessful, is there any other support available?  

Yes, there is. Please see below for other sources of funding. 

Other sources of funding

CSP Charitable Trust Conference and Presentation Award

This award provides funding for members who are presenting at a conference, or for members up to a band 5 who wish to attend a conference for the first time.

Applications are open from July 2024 – September 2024.

Council for Allied Health Professions Research (CAPHR) 

CAHPR has regional hubs, some of which have grants available to attend or present at conferences. Examples include:

Network funding

If you belong to a CSP network such as a regional or diversity network, or a professional network, there may be funding opportunities available to attend conference.  

If you have any questions, get in touch by emailing conference@csp.org.uk.

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