The Union has funds that it uses to support conferences, schools and workshops; these funds are very limited and are normally used to provide “pump-priming” support to meeting organisers. The Union gives priority in the allocation of its funds to events that will promote biophysics in the developing countries and that will facilitate the participation of young scientists in the conferences that it supports. Applications for grants must be made to the Secretary General before August 1 of the year prior to the event.