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Outstanding Achievement Award

Honouring basic researchers in the early-mid stage of their career

The European Society of Cardiology supports the future of cardiovascular medicine.

With this award, the ESC Council for Basic Cardiovascular Science (CBCS) honours two basic researchers in the early/mid stage of their career with outstanding accomplishments.  The award is given at the Basic Science Poster Reception during ESC Congress. 


The application period for the Outstanding Achievement Award is from 20 March to 2 May 2024.

Read the instructions and also the disclaimer on Personal Data Privacy (at the bottom of this page) and prepare your application accordingly.

Applications must be submitted exclusively via online form accessible from the Applications section of your My ESC account. Once logged in, click on 'New Grant Application' and 'Apply now' next to Application form for the ESC Outstanding Achievement Award 2024.

Criteria for Eligibility

  • Candidates must be investigators who are involved in basic research and have recently established themselves as independent investigators
  • Under 45 years old*, candidates are expected to have sustained outstanding productivity over several years, resulting in a significant contribution to their chosen field, and wish to continue their career in this manner 
  • Candidates must be members of the Council on Basic Cardiovascular Science
  • Members of the CBCS nucleus and of the selection committee are not eligible.

(* The committee will take into account personal circumstances including parental leave)

How to Apply

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 application file should consist of a bio-sketch with:

  • 2 pages maximum describing recent contributions and achievements
  • 1 page highlighting your five most important publications
  • A commitment to attend ESC Congress 2024

NB: Before completing the online form, prepare your pdf application file which you have to attach to the form. All details should be provided in ONE pdf. 

Candidates must attend ESC Congress 2024 to receive their Award and confirm this commitment in their application.

The selection committee will consist of members of the CBCS.

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

Apply now

Winners of the Outstanding Achievement Award in the past

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 and 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.