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Outstanding Achievement Award

Congratulations to the winners of the Outstanding Achievement Award 2019

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.


Congratulations to:


 Doctor Gemma Vilahur




  Boon-Reinier-2019.jpgProfessor Reinier Boon





The award will be presented to Doctor Gemma Vilahur and Professor Reinier Boon at the Basic Science Poster Reception on Sunday 1st September at ESC Congress 2019 in Paris.
Applications for the 2020 awards will open in early 2020.
If you want to apply in 2020, please read the instructions below and prepare your application accordingly.

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 11 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
  • Cardiovascular Regenerative and Reparative Medicine

How to apply

Candidates can only apply via the online application form (the link will be available when applications re-open for 2020).

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 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.

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 to

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 at