ESPR Research Grant Programme 2017-2022

Our society's research funding scheme

The European Society for Paediatric Research (ESPR) launched a large-scale research grant programme in 2017. Scheduled to run for six years (2017-2022), the society makes available new calls on an annual basis.

All grants have in common that they require ESPR membership, with the exception of the ESPR Young Investigator START-UP GRANTS and the ESPR Nursing GRANTS, where only the applicant's supervisor/host or secondary supervisor must be affiliated with the society. Thus, we would like to encourage you to present your data at one of the next ESPR conferences, sign up for ESPR membership and become eligible to apply for a grant of your choice.

The 2021 grant round has been closed for applications. New opportunities will be made available in 2022.

Funding opportunities:

  • ESPR Young Investigator START-UP GRANTS 2021
    Amount: EUR 10,000 per grant

    The committee wishes to encourage in particular proposals from Eastern European countries.

    Purpose: To help young investigators establish, perform and complete a research project in all fields related to Paediatrics.

    Eligibility Requirements: At the time of submission, applicants must:

    • be within 10 years of having received a degree in their undergraduate qualification in biomedical sciences/medicine/life sciences. Extensions are possible in case of parental leave or serious illness;
    • be ESPR members or intending to join the society, supported by their supervisors/hosts, of whom at least one should be an ESPR member*;
    • be willing to present their research findings at a future ESPR conference.
    *The primary supervisor should be from the applicant's institution. In case he/she is not an ESPR member, a secondary supervisor who is an ESPR member may support the project. Should you not fulfil this requirement, please contact the ESPR office. We will assist you in identifying a secondary supervisor that is part of the society.
  • ESPR Nursing GRANTS 2021

    Amount: EUR 10,000 per grant.

    Purpose: To support nurses or allied healthcare professionals with a research project in all fields related to Paediatrics.

    Eligibility Requirements: At the time of submission applicants must:

    • be registered nurses or allied healthcare professionals;
    • be ESPR members or intending to join the society, supported by their supervisors/hosts, of whom at least one should be an ESPR member*;
    • be willing to present their research findings at a future ESPR conference.
    *The primary supervisor should be from the applicant's institution. In case he/she is not an ESPR member, a secondary supervisor who is an ESPR member may support the project. Should you not fulfil this requirement, please contact the ESPR office. We will assist you in identifying a secondary supervisor that is part of the society.
  • ESPR Post-Doc RESEARCH GRANTS 2021

    Amount: EUR 25,000 per grant.

    Purpose: To support a research project for established researchers in all fields related to Paediatrics.

    Eligibility Requirements: At the time of submission, applicants must:

    • be within 15 years of having received their undergraduate qualification in biomedical sciences/medicine/life sciences. Extensions are possible in case of parental leave or serious illness;
    • have a proven track record in research;
    • be ESPR members;
    • be willing to present their research findings at a future ESPR conference.

How to apply:

You can apply by sending an email with the following, clearly-labelled and filled-in documents in PDF format to office@espr.eu (Please note, the 2021 grant round has been closed for applications. New opportunities will be made available in 2022):

  • The ESPR Research Grant Programme 2021 Application Template (download here). Only submissions using this template and adhering to the length requirement of a maximum of three pages (one extra page for references is allowed) will be considered;
  • For the ESPR Young Investigator START-UP GRANT and ESPR Nursing GRANTS: the Laboratory Application Form (download here);
  • At least one Letter of Recommendation, which should be from your supervisor/host. For the ESPR Young Investigator START-UP GRANTS and the ESPR Nursing GRANTS the (secondary) supervisor/host must be an ESPR/SPR member;
  • A short version Curriculum Vitae including a list of publications (4 pages max);
  • An Institutional Letter which indicates:
- Evidence of institutional support (e.g. that basic costs, such as associated salary, administrative support and the use of laboratory/office space are covered);
- Confirmation not to take any part of the funding for institutional overhead or other indirect costs (see below statement on institutional overhead and indirect costs);
- Acknowledgment that the ESPR will not be liable (i.e. charged) for any indirect costs (overhead and handling fees) associated with the execution of the work described in the application.


N.B.: Only applications fullfilling the formal requirements as indicated above can be considered for evaluation. The Research Grant Committee of the ESPR will not consider incomplete applications. Moreover, while we encourage multiple applications per institution, only one candidate per institution will be eligible for funding;

The submission deadline is Sunday, 1 August. Awards will be announced at the next ESPR conference and listed on the ESPR homepage.

The ESPR does not take responsibility for accidents or other legal issues occurring during the period a person is benefiting from an ESPR grant.

Please contact office@espr.eu if you have any questions about the process or eligibility.

Other important information:

  • General regulations

    All applications will be evaluated by the Research Grant Committee of the ESPR based on:

    • The scientific merit of the proposed research, and
    • The qualifications of the investigator. Only work published in peer-reviewed journals or periodicals will be considered.
  • Terms of the awards
    • The awardee will be responsible for managing the funds to be administered by the institution. The award does not cover any overheads.
    • To ensure direct support of the research project of the awardee and to allow highest flexibility, the money can be transferred to an account of the institution, to the awardee directly or to a not-for-profit organisation provided that:
      - a written assurance is given indicating that the money will be used exclusively for the research project;
      - a list of items/activities will be prepared indicating what will be covered by the grant;
      - a check-up by the ESPR Research Grant Committee on a 6/12 month basis will be enabled with a report to verify how the funds were used.
    • The awardee must acknowledge the ESPR as the source of funding in any publications arising from work supported by these grants.
    • The awardee must agree to start the project within one year of the announcement of the award, to write a brief scientific and financial report within three months after completing the project (max. 2 pages excluding references) and present a final scientific report at an ESPR congress within two years after completing the project.
  • Institutional overhead and indirect costs
    • The awardee may determine best use of the award to support the direct cost of the project. No part of the award may cover institutional overhead or other indirect costs, nor should the awardee be obligated or penalised to pay by substitution such indirect costs by any other means.
    • By accepting an ESPR Young Investigator Award, the supporting institution agrees not to take any part of the funding for institutional overhead or other indirect costs, and will not obligate or penalise the recipient of an award or a sponsoring research laboratory to pay by substitution such indirect costs by any other means. With the exception of health insurance, no portion of an award may be subject to deductions for discretionary fringe benefits by the sponsoring institution.
  • Requirements for acknowledging the ESPR in society-supported publications

    Research or review papers: For regular research or review papers resulting at least in part from ESPR research support, either through a society funding scheme (e.g. the Young Investigator Start-Up Grants, Nursing Grants, Post-Doc Research Grants, the Mentoring Programme) or through dedicated ESPR support (e.g. the ESPR section activities), please state in the section 'Funding' or 'Acknowledgements' according to the journal's requirements the following:

    • This work was supported by a research grant from the European Society for Paediatric Research (ESPR) provided to [full name or initials of the recipient(s) or the name of the ESPR section]. The funder had no role in the study design, data collection and analysis, preparation of the manuscript or decision to publish.


    ESPR guidelines or opinion papers:
    For guidelines or opinion papers reflecting the view of the society or one or more ESPR sections, the European Board of Neonatology (EBN) or other, ESPR-integrated initiatives such as Neonatologist Performed Echocardiography (NPE), please proceed as follows:

    • Give in the title of the manuscript, whenever the character count allows, the full name and abbreviation of the society: European Society for Paediatric Research (ESPR).
    • State in the section 'Funding' or 'Acknowledgements' according to the journal´s requirements the following: This work was supported by a research grant from the European Society for Paediatric Research (ESPR) provided to [full name or initials of the recipient(s) or the name of the ESPR section or project]. The funder had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, preparation of the manuscript, or decision to publish.

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