Norman Aldridge NES Travel Award

To support a BTS member who is in the early stages of their career, to advance their research in toxicology, by visiting laboratories or research centres, for the purpose of scientific collaboration or learning new practical skills in toxicology.

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Award attributes

Support a BTS member to visit key laboratories within or outside the UK.  A successful candidate will be a BTS member who is in the early stages of their career, looking to advance their research and technical understanding by collaborating with scientists in other laboratories or research centres (either within the UK or abroad).  The applicant should have a clear objective for the collaboration.


A single award will be made annually on a competitive basis

Support provided

A single award of £500* towards travel and/or accommodation if the candidate will need to stay away from their home, any surplus may be claimed for expenses incurred by the host institution directly associated with the project (e.g. lab consumables or software licences).

This award relates specifically to gaining practical laboratory or computational skills in a research team environment. It is not intended for travel to a scientific conference (See other Travel Awards), training course, to work entirely at home, or to conduct literature reviews.


You must be eligible to be a member of the BTS Network for Early Stage Toxicologists community (NEST) and have been a member of the BTS for at least one full calendar year prior to application

You should not have been a prior recipient of this award.

Application requirements

The Travel Award may be made to any member of the BTS, independent of place of employment.  Candidate submits a 200-300 word cover letter outlining their reasons for applying and research/learning objective, together with their CV, a description of the work that will be conducted in the host institution(s), and a brief letter(s) of support from the relevant Head(s) of Department of the host institutions.


Candidate submits application using online form, before 30 November.

BTS Executive reviews applications and allocates funds to successful candidate from the subsequent year’s budget.

* You will be reimbursed up to a total of £500,  following provision of receipts for travel and accommodation expenses incurred attending the host institution, in line with BTS travel policy, and upon submission of a short report which will be posted on the BTS website (along with Linked In / Twitter posts, as appropriate).  Any surplus funds may be claimed by the host organisation for expenses incurred directly associated with the project.  You should provide details of other possible sources of funding that have been applied for; these must be supplied at the time of application, and you should inform Nominations Sub Committee promptly if other applications have been successful.

About Norman Aldridge OBE (1919-1996Cover of Toxicological Sciences showing Norman Aldridge

Head of MRC Biochemical Mechanisms Section

Professor Norman Aldridge was the founding Chair of the BTS.  His interest in toxicology was sparked at an early age, working as 16 year old technician in a dye works.  During World War II, he studied the effects of chemical warfare agents at the U.K. Chemical Defence Establishment at Porton Down, whilst studying for his bachelors degree. In 1947, he moved to the Medical Research Council’s Toxicology Unit in Carshalton, Surrey, in order to help identify and manage the risks posed by the burgeoning post war chemical and pharmaceutical industries.

Over the next 40 years he went on to study the mechanism of a wide variety of toxicants, notably organophosphorous insecticides (the subject of his PhD thesis), and many of his research insights continue to protect millions of lives to this day.  He collaborated with scientists around the world aiming to train, encourage, and liberate his students.  He relished scientific debate, revelling in helping his students and visiting researchers to interpret their experimental data.  How apt to remember him than a travel award to aid early career researchers to broaden their horizons, gaining experience and mentorship through scientific collaboration.

You can read more about Norman’s life and work in his obituary in the Independent 1996, and Tox Sci 2001, 59 1, 3–4.