ESCMID Operating Procedures
2 Project Funding
2.1 Investigator-/SG-initiated project
For these projects, SGs can apply for a Research Grant of up to EUR 30’000, which is specifically reserved for collaborative projects undertaken by the SG(s). These applications are defined along the lines of the currently available Research Grants for individuals and can be submitted online on the ESCMID website. Applications will be accepted throughout the year.
2.2 EU-funded projects
Please carefully consider the additional rules for these projects listed in paragraph §1.
ESCMID support can include – to be defined for the individual project – financial support, advice on proposal writing and project execution, the actual proposal writing in close collaboration with the SG(s) and/or administrative and logistical support. ESCMID has ample experience with education and dissemination within EU-funded projects and therefore can also offer to be responsible for such a workpackage, if requested.
In the drafting phase, ESCMID can offer funding. For the project conception, ESCMID funding may be used for the honorarium for a scientist on a short-term basis (maximum two month full-time) to prepare a grant application for submission to a funding agency (e.g. to the European Commission), or for the organisation of preparatory meetings to develop a research project. Precondition is a letter of intent that the SG(s) through ESCMID becomes official partner in the project.
Funds may not be used for internal institutional or entirely national research projects. Funds are intended to support transnational collaborative research projects in Europe.
The maximum support for a single project is limited to EUR 30’000 with applications to be submitted at any time throughout the year to the Scientific Affairs Officer (CC Science Manager).
IMPORTANT for projects with European funding agencies: Since SGs itself are not a legal entity, the participation of SGs in European projects are only possible by ESCMID becoming official legal partner in the project. ESCMID as a professional society offers a variety of expertise in dissemination, medical guideline development and educational activities for European projects.
2.3 Industry-sponsored projects
For industry-sponsored projects, the following additional rules apply: In addition to the study contract, a funding contract is signed between ESCMID and the sponsor. The funding is unrestricted from the sponsor side and ESCMID confirms using the funding solely for the intended study until the study is finished. ESCMID runs the financial part of the study (receipt of funding, disbursement to the study site as per budget and invoices). This means that individual study sites will need to fill out a costing template, ESCMID will collate the costs and then inform the company of the payment required. This will require an overhead to be paid to ESCMID because it will involve considerable administrative work (5%). The balance – if available by the end of the project – will be shared by the SG(s) (50%) and by ESCMID (50%).
Where necessary, members of an independent trial monitoring committee must be nominated by the SG(s), not by the company. The research output must under the control of the SG. The publication plan should be presented to the ESCMID Executive Committee for approval.