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EACVI Grants programme FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Everything you've always wanted to know about the EACVI Grants programme, but were afraid to ask!

When should I submit my application?

Candidates should submit their applications in advance, preferably by early June, so that they may be advised of any missing elements in time to be able to contact those concerned.

Applications will not be accepted after the closing date.

Applications that are incomplete will not be accepted.

I want to apply for a grant in an institution in the United Kingdom, what is the specific process?

Candidates to clinical training grants in the UK will need to be registered with the GMC (General Medical Council).

Registration to the GMC implies passing an English test (either IELTS or OET with a min score set by the GMC), officially translate the medical training document in English, submit everything to the GMC and then book and  attend an interview (proforma) in person at the GMC (Manchester or London). The latter can happen either before (preferably) or at the beginning of the fellowship. 

No passing the English exam with the required score implies having to take the exam multiple times until the required score is achieved. So it is important that the candidate prepares and takes the English exam ASAP not to delay the beginning of the fellowship. 
In the absence of GMC registration the candidate can only attend as an observer which means he/she cannot get in touch with the patients or any sort of patients data or patients' identifiable information. 

Registration to the GMC is mandatory for training grants and is recommended for research grants in which the project involves contact with patients (e.g. interviews, clinical examinations, imaging studies, other tests etc) performed directly by the research fellow. 

I want to apply for an EACVI grant, do I need to find my hosting institution by myself?

Yes. The EACVI will not put in contact candidates and institutions, you need to contact them directly.

If you don't know where to do your training, discover our directory of European labs and their training or research opportunities in the field of non-invasive Cardiovascular Imaging. 
Nota Bene: you may also select a center which is not on this list.

I have applied for an EACVI Grant for a previous year, can I reapply?

A candidate can re-apply for an EACVI Grant in the following year based on the below criteria:

  • If they have not already been awarded the EACVI grant they want to apply for
  • If they have not been awarded a grant from the ESC or one of its constituent bodies during the same year

This new application will be judged on an equal basis with other applicants.

Host institution eligibility

The selected host institution should:

  • be outside the candidate's own country or the country in which they followed their initial medicine training (if it is a regular ESC Member country)
  • not only offers good research or training opportunities but also be the most appropriate for the particular subject
  • not have hosted a winning candidate of the same grant during the previous year (you can check the last year's winners and institutions here for research and here for training)

EACVI Grants are not meant to provide an extension to a stay in a foreign country for those scientists who are already doing training or research there supported by another Grant.

Candidate residence eligibility

A candidate must at the date of application for an award:

  1. be citizen or permanent resident in a country, which is an ESC Member country or ESC Affiliated Member Country
  2. has been ordinarily resident in such a country for the period of 3 years immediately preceding the date of application

Any candidate who is the child of a citizen of a national of an ESC Member country or ESC Affiliated Member Country will be eligible for a grant if at the date of application:

  1. he/she is resident in an  ESC Member country or ESC Affiliated Member Country and
  2. his/her parent, being such a citizen, is employed in such a country or if not, was previously last so employed or has been so employed for an aggregate period of 1 year during the period of 3 years immediately preceding the date of application, and
  3. he/she has been ordinarily resident in ESC Member country or ESC Affiliated Member Country for the 3 years immediately preceding the date of application.

A candidate who is a refugee or the spouse or child of a refugee will be eligible for a grant if at the date of application the refugee:

  1. is ordinarily resident of an ESC Member country or ESC Affiliated Member Country and
  2. has not been ordinarily resident outside such a country since being recognised as a refugee or granted asylum.

For the purpose of these rules:

  1. A candidate who has been resident in an ESC Member country or ESC Affiliated Member Country fully or mainly for the purposes of receiving full-time education (even if not resident for tax purposes) will be considered as eligible.
  2. A period of ordinary residence will not be treated as being interrupted by an absence which is caused:
    1. by the temporary employment abroad of the candidate, his/her spouse or his/her parents, or
    2. the temporary full-time education abroad of the candidate or his/her spouse.


Should you have any other questions, please contact the EACVI team via the "Contact us" link at the bottom of this page. Make sure to select "Grants" as the category and "EACVI Research and Training Grants" as the sub-category.