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Outstanding Achievement Award

Honouring basic researchers in the early stage of their career

The European Society of Cardiology (ESC) supports the future of cardiovascular medicine. Each year the ESC provides €2 million in grants, fellowships, and scholarships.

With this award, the ESC Council for Basic Cardiovascular Science (CBCS) honours two basic researchers with outstanding accomplishments in the early stage of their career.

The award is given at the Basic Science Poster Reception during the ESC Congress. Each awardee receives a monetary prize of 3,000 Euros and an honorary plaque.

Applications are now being accepted until 15 May 2020

If you want to apply, read the instructions below and prepare your application accordingly.

Please read the disclaimer on Personal Data Privacy (at the bottom of this page) before applying.

You will be required to log in with your My ESC account and redirected to the online application form.

Criteria for eligibility

  • Candidates must be investigators who are involved in basic research and have recently established themselves as independent investigators
  • Typically less than 45 years old, candidates are expected to have sustained outstanding productivity over several years, resulting in a significant contribution to their chosen field. They are expected to continue a successful career
  • Candidates must be members of the Council on Basic Cardiovascular Science

How to apply

Candidates can only apply via the online application form.

Before completing the online application form, prepare your pdf application file as you will have to attach it to your online application form.

At the time of application, formal eligibility criteria will be checked. If you are not eligible, the Outstanding Achievement Award application form will not be visible.

The pdf application file you will attach to your e-form should consist of a bio-sketch of:

  • 2 pages maximum describing recent contributions and achievements
  • A page highlighting the 5 most important publications
  • 2 names of referees, one from your own institution and one external
  • A commitment to attend ESC Congress 2020


NB: All details, including the cover letter, should be provided in ONE pdf you will attach to your online application form.

Candidates must attend ESC Congress to receive their award and confirm this commitment in their application; partial exemption of the Congress fee will be offered to allow awardees to receive their award.

The selection committee will consist of members of the CBCS.

Applicants are typically notified of the outcome by mid-July.

Winners of the Outstanding Achievement Award 2020

Congratulations to:

Doctor Gemma Vilahur


Professor Reinier Boon

Personal Data Privacy

The information collected is subject to data processing to record, evaluate and track your application.

The recipients of the data are ESC Staff who process the forms as well as the staff in charge of paying the award monies.

Data collected will be kept for one year.

These data will be stored in Salesforce.

In accordance with the chapter 3 of the European Regulation 2016/679 with regards to data protection, you have the right to request from ESC, access to and rectification or erasure of your personal data or restriction of processing concerning your data or to object to processing as well as the right to data portability.

For such, please contact (together with a proof of identity):

Data Privacy
European Society of Cardiology
Les Templiers
2035 Route des Colles
CS 80179 Biot

Or by email

You have the right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority, and for information, ESC has appointed a Data Protection Officer that you can reach by email.