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Young Researchers Exchange Grant

An exchange grant established by the Working Group on Thrombosis of the European Society of Cardiology

Valvular, Myocardial, Pericardial, Pulmonary, Congenital Heart Disease
Vascular Biology and Physiology
Thrombosis, Bleeding
Invasive Imaging and Functional Assessment
Vascular Diseases
Risk Factors and Prevention
Venous Thromboembolism
Microcirculation, Angiogenesis, Arteriogenesis
Acute Coronary Syndromes

The Exchange Grant provides young Investigators belonging to the Young Thrombosis Researchers Group with the opportunity to network and develop collaborations within the field of thrombosis in clinical research or in basic science.

The Exchange Grant aims at facilitating exchanges between Centers or Laboratories leaders in the research of thrombosis. The grant supports Young Investigators to perform scientific research in thrombosis at a host institution of another ESC member country or ESC-affiliated country.

The main goals of the grant

  • Support excellent clinical or basic research in thrombosis
  • Develop new collaborations between Laboratories or Centers within the ESC, thus facilitating transfer of knowledge and skills
  • Promote networking between young thrombosis Researchers and encourage young Researchers to work with distinguished Mentors
  • Increase awareness of the Working Group on Thrombosis and of the Young Thrombosis Researchers Group 

Funding is provided to cover the salary of a 12-month research proposal. Exceptions to this rule can be made depending on the cost of living in the host Country.

For proposals which include host Centers in Scandinavia, Benelux countries, Switzerland and the UK, 10 months projects may be considered.


  • Applicants must be aged 35 or less at the time of the application and not have yet attained a permanent academic or clinical position
  • Applicants must propose a 1-year project to be performed in a Center or Lab different from their current Institution.
  • The Chief or Chair of the host Lab or Center should provide a letter of acceptance of the grantee on the specific project proposed by the Applicant


The grant will be evaluated by a Committee which will include the Chair, Vice-Chair and Treasurer of the Working Group of Thrombosis in charge during the year of the application. The Committee will consider the following criteria:

  • the potential to generate high impact results
  • the potential to demonstrate a clear added benefit for the applicant compared to what can be achieved at his/her current institution
  • learning technique(s) or methodology that are not available at the Applicant’s current institution
  • working with world-leading Experts in thrombosis and host Institutions that have a proven track record of mentorship of young researchers
  • the CV and skills of the Proponent
  • the scientific profile of the Mentor in the host Lab/Center

Application and Deadline

To apply, download the form to fill and send it back to the email address mentioned below

Application deadline:  30 September 2017

Download the form

Rules for Exchange Grant

  • The applicant must be a member of the Working Group on Thrombosis Young Researchers (member of the Working Group on Thrombosis under 36 years old)
  • The applicant must be a citizen of an ESC member country or an ESC affiliated country
  • All documentation must be received before the deadline (any material received after the deadline will not be reviewed) at the following email address:
  • Letter of acceptance from proposed host Supervisor must be received together with the application
  • The applicant must not yet have a permanent academic position or if the applicant is a clinician they must still be in training and not hold a consultant equivalent post
  • All grants must be started within 6 months of award
  • The Applicant will receive 40% of the grant money on month 4 and 8 and the remaining 20% on month 12 (or 10 for 10-month grants)
  • In order to receive the payment, the applicant must prove he has moved into the host institution on month 1, and submit scientific reports to the Scientific Committee on month 4, 8 and 12 (or 10 for 10-month grants).
  • The applicant must submit an abstract of the final results of his project to the EuroThrombosis Meeting
  • The Applicant must submit at least one full paper with the final results of the project which must acknowledge the funding source, any deviation from this achievement must be justified in the final (month 12) report, where a ‘submission plan’ for his/her data should be provided. The Grantee should notify the Committee of the submission of the manuscript (acknowledging the grant) if this will happen after completion of the grant. Submission to the most prestigious journals in the field is encouraged.
  • When the research is presented at conferences, abstracts must acknowledge the Grant funding
  • It is anticipated that the applicant would complete the project on a full-time basis and within 12 months. If this is not the case, deviations can be indicated in the reporting form, but no extra money will be provided
  • All necessary local regulations must be met prior to taking up the grant. Ethics approval and the attainment of honorary contracts must be obtained at least 2 months prior to the start of the grant. If these are not in place then this will delay the start of the grant and delay provision of the funding
  • The applicant will be subject to the terms of employment of the local host institution
  • For clinical applicants, at least 80% of the applicant’s time must be dedicated to research for the time of the grant. If more clinical work than this is needed to undertake the research described then this should be discussed prior to application or described during the grant in the ‘deviations’ section of the scientific reports
  • In the budget, applicants must declare any funding that already exists for any of the research described in the application
  • Supervisor of the host institution is expected to meet with the applicant at least once every 2 weeks to discuss the project

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