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Welcome to the European Society of Cardiology. Our mission: to reduce the burden of cardiovascular disease in Europe

ESC First Contact Initiative Grant

Promoting careers in basic cardiovascular sciences in Europe

Please read the disclaimer on Personal Data Privacy before applying.

The deadline is now over. Thank you to all who applied.
Results will be known by mid-February.

The next call for this grant will be made in May 2015 - applications will be accepted from 06 May 2015

What is the grant for ?

The purpose of these grants is to provide resources for the establishment of research links from young scientists from European institutions to hosting institutions in a foreign country within or outside Europe. Each grant will provide funds for one travel to an identified hosting institution and a minimum stay of 10 (ten) calendar days. The aim is to establish more permanent contacts, leading to a fellowship or a research affiliate position for the development of a research project in the area of basic cardiovascular sciences.

Basic rules

  • A maximum of 10 (ten) grants of 2,500 (two thousand five hundred) Euros each are awarded each calendar year (depending upon funds available)
  • They will be distributed in 2 (two) calls per year (opened May and October) based on quality of the application
  • Successful candidates must use their funds within 9 (nine) months 

Criteria for eligibility

  • Candidates should not be older than 35 (thirty-five) years at the time of the application deadline 
  • Candidates must have activity in the area of cardiovascular sciences
  • Candidates must be members of any of the following:

 To apply, please send:

  • Your letter [maximum 2 (two) pages] of motivation including:
    • your birth date
    • your membership of any of the groups stated in "Criteria for eligibility"
    • information on your activity in the area of cardiovascular sciences
    • details of your project
    • the start and end dates of your period in the host institution
    • a statement on how you intend to use the award
    • a statement that, if you do not use the grant within 9 months, you will return it to the ESC.
  • A one-page CV with a publication list
  • A letter of acceptance by the host institution
  • A letter of support from your current institution
  • A written commitment to provide a detailed report on the outcome of the initiative.

  • Send all the above documents compiled in a SINGLE pdf file by email to by 15 July 2015.

    Also send by post:

    • the original signed letter of support from your current institution
    • the original signed letter of acceptance from the host institution
    to this address:European Society of Cardiology
    The European Heart House
    Councils Relations - Specialty Centre
    2035 Route des Colles
    Les Templiers - BP 179
    CS 80179 BIOT
    06903 Sophia-Antipolis Cedex

    Applications deadline: 15 July 2015

    For any queries contact:

     Personal Data Privacy
    The information collected is subject to a computerised process to record, evaluate and track your grant application. The recipients of the data are:
    •    The staff in charge of processing Council grant applications and, where a grant is awarded, the staff in charge of paying the grant monies.
    •    Persons to whom the request will be sent for review and evaluation.

    In accordance with the law N°78-17 of January 6, 1978, amended in 2004, relating to the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data, you have a right to access and rectify information concerning you, which you can exercise by contacting:
    Data Privacy - Customer Services
    European Society of Cardiology
    Les Templiers
    2035 Route des Colles
    You can also, for legitimate reasons, oppose the processing of data about you.