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Outstanding Achievement Award

Honouring basic researchers in the early stage of their career

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 now are closed. Results will be announced mid-July.

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 one of the 10 ESC Working Groups* of the CBCS. If you are not a member, please note that you won't be able to apply. If you have joined recently, and you are not able to access the application form, please contact

*ESC Working Groups of the Council on Basic Cardiovascular Science:

  • Cellular Biology of the Heart
  • Myocardial Function
  • Developmental Anatomy and Pathology
  • Cardiac Cellular Electrophysiology
  • Thrombosis
  • Atherosclerosis & Vascular Biology
  • Coronary Pathophysiology and Microcirculation
  • Cardiovascular Pharmacotherapy
  • Myocardial and Pericardial Diseases
  • e-cardiology

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:

  • A cover letter with your age and the name of your working group
  • 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 2017

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.

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.