Are you promoting mechanical engineering and professional development of Young Members through a group technical visit in the UK or internationally?

Grants may be made to promote mechanical engineering and professional development of Young Members of the Institution through technical visits in the UK or internationally.

The grant is a great way to explore elements of mechanical engineering that you may not get to in your everyday activity. Technical visits can also help reinforce your passion for engineering and demonstrate why engineering is a worthwhile and rewarding career.

Significantly, the outputs from grants can be used to demonstrate the vastness and rewarding nature of a mechanical engineers profession. It is a learning opportunity not just for those involved on the trip, but for those they inform.


Young Members can apply for the James Bates Grant. All members attending the visit/tour should be Young Members as defined by the Institution whether from the UK or our international Regions.

As this is a group award, applications should be received come from a lead applicant on behalf of a group of Young Members intending to attend technical meetings and industrial visits arranged by Young Members' Panels, Sections, Divisions or student chapters.  If the application is successful payment will be issued to the application coordinator as listed on the application form.

If you have received, or attended a visit/tour funded by the James Bates Grant in the last two years, then unfortunately you would not be eligible to attend or apply until two years have passed from the date of the last award.

Award conditions

  • Timing of visit/tour - The James Bates Grant should be used to fund a visit which has not already happened; we cannot retrospectively fund visits/tours which have already taken place, so please ensure there is sufficient time between the submission of the application and the planned start date of the visit/tour.
  • Costs of the tour/visit - The grant is to cover up to 50% of the  actual costs of travel, accommodation and meals of those Young Members who attend a technical visit/tour. Those Young Members must contribute to the remaining 50% of the cost of their place.

    The costs in the application should be as accurate as possible and should represent good value for money. Your application should show a breakdown of these costs and you should keep all proof of expenditure, as we may ask for these following the visit/tour.
  • Receipts for costs - We would expect to receive receipts that would cover twice the grant amount. If the total expenditure shown on the receipts is less than the expected expenditure, we will require you to return any unspent funds to us with your final report.
  • Technical report - We ask  the attending Young Members to collectively complete a report detailing the nature of the work undertaken and how attending the visit/tour has worked to promote mechanical engineering and the professional development of the members of the group.
  • Publishing photos - Each year we also feature a number of award holders and their reports in the Institution's promotional materials; you may be contacted following your visit. We would be interested in seeing any photos you take on the visit so we can include these in our promotional materials. It is also hoped that you will acknowledge the contribution made by the Institution towards your activity.

All grants must be made in line with the general strategy set by the Trustee Board of the Institution.


Applications are ongoing.  We aim to respond to applicants within 30 days of receipt of their application.

Application process

Download and complete an application form and send by email to youngmembers@imeche.org.

Further information

Contact youngmembers@imeche.org or +44 (0)207 973 1252.

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