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ESC Training Grants

Outstanding opportunities for young cardiologists to train in a European centre of of excellence.

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ESC Research Grants

Obtain research experience in a high standard academic centre

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What is the ESC Research Grant

Research Grants 1500x1000.jpgResearch grants of 25,000 Euros to provide an opportunity for medical graduates and researchers to undertake specialised cardiovascular research, in an ESC Member Country centre of excellence.  The goal of this award is to help young candidates to obtain research experience in a high standard academic centre which will enable them to contribute to the improvement of academic standards upon return to their own country. With this goal in mind, preference is given to applicants from countries or regions where modern Clinical Cardiology is not yet strong, provided that there is enough evidence that the applicants can, after the research period, contribute to the improvement of Clinical Cardiology upon return to their home country.

It is also an opportunity to learn and to improve skills to carry back home and a great occasion to develop one’s own international and professional network.

Why should I apply?



Who can apply

  • Any citizen or permanent resident of an ESC Member Country or an ESC Affiliated Country throughout the three years preceding the application date.
  • Applicants should be members of the ESC.
  • Applicants who have not been ordinarily residents in such country are not eligible.
  • Periods of residence dedicated to full-time education will not be accepted as ordinary residence for this purpose.
  • Hold a PhD or Dphil degree or equivalent or must have submitted a thesis before starting the research period relating to the grant.
  • Medical graduates should have completed their basic professional training and be able to demonstrate expertise in Cardiology through an abstract presentation at a national or international meeting or have published one paper in a relevant journal.
  • Applicants should not be older than 40 at the day of the application deadline (January 31st).


Research periods related to the ESC grant may be undertaken for any period from three months to one year.

Level of Support

Research Grants recipients will receive a lump sum, up to a maximum of 25,000 Euros for a 12-month period for their daily subsistence. The granted amount will be calculated pro-rata, according to the length of the research period.

How to apply

Proposals may be submitted for specialised research or further research training or, in the case of medical graduates, for training in a basic subject.

Applicants are advised to seek a centre in another ESC Member Country than the country of their current residence. The centre should not only offer good research and training opportunities but should also be appropriate for the specific research they wish to undertake.

The host institution track records or expertise should be in line with the topic of the application (treatment, techniques, methods ….).

The application is to be performed online.

The following templates are required to be completed and uploaded with the application:

  • The Applicant's Curriculum Vitae, with the following information:
    • Postgraduate career including present employment
    • Previous training in Clinical Cardiology
    • Research experience
    • Academic record
    • Publications in refereed journals relevant to this application: journal-title, page number(s) and names of co-authors are to be stated
  • A document to be completed by the current head of department or supervisor
  • A document with the description of the proposed research to be prepared jointly with the proposed supervisor
  • A document to be completed by the future supervisor
  • A document to be completed by an independent referee who is not attached to the applicants current or proposed host department

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Notes on applying for Research Grants

Applications will be graded by the ESC Grant Committee, from 1 to 5, on the following 5 criteria, and applicants should consider them carefully when completing the forms:

  • Scientific novelty/innovative nature and quality of the proposal (30%)
  • Feasibility of the project (15%)
  • Candidate profile (optimal career stage; achievements so far) (20%)
  • Details of host institution quality and support for candidates’ research (25%)
  • Summary assessment of benefits for the future of the candidate (10%)

The required documentation must be submitted with the application. Please download the templates to be completed by the responsible persons who have been requested to complete them. Once completed, please upload it together with your CV in your application and submit it before the deadline.

The ESC Grants Committee will only evaluate the documentation submitted with the application, and only complete applications will be considered. Paper applications or other papers will not be accepted. All documents need to be in English.

The application closing date is January 31st (each year). Candidates should submit their applications in advance, preferably by mid-January, so that they may be advised of any missing elements in time to be able to gather them and/or get in contact with the person(s) responsible for delivering the corresponding elements. Applications submitted after the annual deadline will not be considered by the ESC Grants Committee. The candidates will be informed by email about the results by the end of March.

Conditions and regulations

  • PART 1. Purpose and scope of the programme
  • PART 2. Method of application
  • PART 3. Standard regulations
  • PART 4. Special regulations
  • APPENDIX 1. Residence eligibility regulations and Membership

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Congratulations to 2019 ESC Research Grant Awardees!



  • Mrs Nathalie Conrad
  • Origin: United Kingdom
  • Hosting country: Belgium


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  • Mr Anders Dahl
  • Origin: Denmark
  • Hosting country: Spain


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  • Dr Emiliano Raul Diez
  • Origin: Argentina
  • Hosting country: Spain




  • Dr Dora Fabijanovic
  • Origin: Croatia
  • Hosting country: Spain



  • Dr Felice Gragnano
  • Origin: Italy
  • Hosting country: Switzerland




  • Dr Alberto Rossetti
  • Origin: Italy
  • Hosting country: The Netherlands



  • Prof. Zhen-Yu Zhang
  • Origin: Belgium
  • Hosting country: Germany