Awards and Grants

Awards and Grants

Members of IPS are eligible to apply for a variety of awards and grants.  These awards can be to help further education and development or to recognise particular achievements. 

Impact Awards | Brendan Moore Award | Ayliffe Lifetime Achievement Award |IPS Research/Quality Improvement Project (QIP) Grants 2023/2024| Educational Grants for IPS Members Undertaking Specialist Courses in IPC |

The IPS Impact Awards programme aims to recognise and celebrate initiatives undertaken that demonstrate excellence, innovation or improvement in infection prevention and control (IPC) practice, service delivery or education.

Successful initiatives will demonstrate how the work has contributed to the IPS mission: to inform, promote and sustain evidence-based infection prevention policy and practice to create a health and care system where no person's health and wellbeing is harmed by preventable infection 

Why apply for an IPS Impact Award? 
These awards are a fantastic opportunity for you to: 

  • Be recognised for improving IPC practice, services, or education 
  • Inspire others to replicate your project or initiative 
  • Share good practice across the IPS community  
  • Showcase your work– winning entries will have the opportunity to present at a future IPS conference  

Categories of Impact Award:
Applications can be made for an award under the following categories  

  1. Award for Excellence – Aiming for and achieving the best in IPC practice or education  
  1. Award for Patient Experience – Putting the patient at the centre of IPC practice 
  1. Award for Nurturing IPC talent – Supporting the development of the IPC workforce of the future 

Who can apply for an award?

The nominator must be a member of IPS although the application can involve others who are not members. 

Application Process:

The Awards application process is simple with completion of a short online entry form: CLICK HERE  

Important Dates:

  • We have extended the closing date for receipt of completed applications to midnight on Sunday 9th June 2024 
  • The winners will be announced during the Infection Prevention Society Conference Dinner & Awards on Tuesday 24th September at the Birmingham Conference & Events Centre (BCEC) located in the heart of Birmingham's city centre 

If you have any questions or problems accessing the online submission form, please contact us on 01506 292 023 or email Lynne  


IPS Honorary Awards

These awards include Honorary Membership of IPS, the Brenden Moore Award and the Ayliffe Award. The deadline for nominations is Friday 24th May 2024.

Honorary Membership Award


The award for an honorary membership entitles the recipient to life-long membership of the Society at no cost to the individual.  This level of membership is equivalent to a full member.


Honorary Membership is awarded to an individual who, in the opinion of the IPS Honours Committee, meets the criteria to be honoured with this prestigious category of membership 


  • The person is a current member of the Society
  • Has carried out a significant role/roles on a voluntary basis for the benefit of the whole membership 
  • Made a significant contribution to furthering the aims and goals of the Society 
  • Has furthered the aims and goals of the organisation through significant input to national groups and committees on behalf of the Society over the course of their career. 


Testimonials from our 2023 recipients

Elaine Ross, IPS Honorary Membership Award 2023:"I’ve enjoyed various roles I have had within the IPS and gained so much from being part of this society. To have been awarded honorary membership by my professional peers makes me feel my efforts over the years have been appreciated and that means so much to me. It’s a nice bookend to my full time career.  Thank you." 

Ramona Marincas, IPS Honorary Membership Award 2023:

Brendan Moore Award


Brendan Moore was an epidemiologist who had the insight to appoint the first infection control nurse in 1959.  Dr Moore was instrumental in the first Infection Control Nurses Association (ICNA) conference in 1970 and the first ICNA President.


The Brendan Moore award is bestowed on an individual who, in the opinion of the IPS Honours Committee, meets the criteria laid down 


  • The person is a current member of the Society 
  • The person has made a significant contribution to furthering the aims and goals of the organisation 
  • The person has made this contribution while in an official position or closely involved with the work of the Society 


Ayliffe Award


Professor Graham Ayliffe (1926-2017) was a medical microbiologist. He studied medicine at Bristol University and was awarded an MD in 1963. In 1964 he joined the team at the Hospital Infection Research Laboratory, Birmingham in what is now known as the City Hospital. Professor Ayliffe published several books on the practical application of infection prevention and control. He was instrumental in the development of the 6-step hand hygiene technique, used by many UK hospitals and endorsed by the World Health Organisation in 2009. He was always supportive of the Infection Prevention Society (IPS) and the former Infection Control Nurses Association (ICNA).

In 2016, the IPS Board agreed to develop a lifetime achievement award and to name this the Ayliffe Award, this was awarded to Professor Graham Ayliffe the same year.


The Ayliffe award is bestowed on an individual who, at the discretion of the Honours Committee, meets the criteria laid down


The person (not necessarily an IPS member) who has made an outstanding contribution to the field of Infection Prevention and Control during their career. Read the full criteria here.


This award is not part of the 'annual' programme and therefore it is not expected that this award will be made annually but only in exceptional circumstances.


Testimonial from our 2023 recipient

Martin Kiernan, IPS Ayliffe Award 2023 recipient:

IPS Research/Quality Improvement Project (QIP) Grants 2023/2024 (Round 2)

The IPS R&D Committee are delighted to announce the launch of the second round of the Research/Quality Improvement Project (QIP) Grants 2023/2024.

The Grants play a pivotal role in the realisation of three key elements of the IPS Research Strategy to: 

  • generate high quality research and quality improvement projects (QIP) for practice;
  • engage in collaborative research with academic and clinical partners;
  • develop research and QIP capability and capacity among its members;

The aim of IPS Research Grants is to support high quality practice-based research and QIPs within the field of infection prevention and control (IPC).  A pool of up to £11,000 per annum is available to the IPS R&D committee to support small research grants.  Applications are encouraged from Infection Prevention Society members at all career stages, ‘novice’ (includes undergraduate and MSc students) researchers without previous experience may apply provided an experienced research supervisor is named in the application.

For an application pack CLICK HERE

Applications must be submitted by midday Monday 15th April 2024. Applications received after this deadline will not be considered. 
Applicants should send a signed electronic copy of the application to Lynne Duncan, IPS PA at

The IPS R&D Committee hosted a webinar on 15th December 2023 to provide an overview of the IPS Research/Quality Improvement Project (QIP) Grants 2023/2024 process and discuss the application form, followed by a Q&A session. You can watch the webinar here:

Educational Grants for IPS Members Undertaking Specialist Courses in IPC

Where funds allow IPS aims to fund 5 grants  per year of up to £1500 pa for up to 2 years. This amount must be matched by the applicant or the applicant’s employer. A further year (year 3) may also be funded of up to £1000pa. Again this must be matched by the applicant/applicant’s employer. Applications will be yearly in Jan/Feb time with decisions in May/June. The award is open to full members only. 

There is no funding currently available for 2023 - please check for updates or email