Study Group Research Funding


This funding is exclusively available for official ESCMID Study Group research projects in the fields of clinical microbiology and infectious diseases. Please do not apply, if you have not full support by one or more of ESCMID's Study Groups.

The call to apply for the Study Group Research Grants will officially open 17 May 2022 and the deadline for submitting your applications is 19 July 2022, 17:00 CEST.


The maximum amount granted per project is EUR 30,000.

Eligibility criteria

1.      Every Study Group can apply with a maximum of 2 research projects as indicated below:

-        1 project as a single applicant plus 1 project in collaboration with another Study Group

-        2 projects in collaboration with another Study Group

Important: 2 projects as a single Study Group will not be accepted. 


2.      The research project may be based on laboratory investigations, clinical studies, experimental animal studies, or a combination of these. Research must be carried out as a collaborative project involving at least two separate institutions in two different countries. The research project should be designed for a maximum duration of 2 years. The research project should start after signing the grant agreement (approximately end of 2022 – beginning of 2023).


3.      Applicants must be principal investigators for the proposed research. The Study Group(s) involved must display full support of this proposal by written approval by the Chairperson, Secretary and Treasurer of the respective Study Group(s) (see next paragraph).


4.      The applicants must be ESCMID members in good standing. Members of the ESCMID Executive Committee are ineligible.


5.      Applications will be peer-reviewed and the best projects will be selected based on the application and research proposal.

What you need to apply

When submitting online, please have the following documentation ready:

1.      A PDF-Document (Surname_StudyGroup.pdf max 4MB) with the:  

a.      Summary of the research project (max. 1 page including Gantt chart);

b.      Description of the project (max. pages) encompassing:

·        introduction (scientific background, objectives, rationale and purpose of the project);

·        research plan (including project design, tasks of the involved teams, material & methods, data analysis)

c.      Importance of the project for the supporting Study Group (max 1/2 page)

d.      Teams involved and their roles(at least 2 teams from 2 different countries) (max. 1/2 page)

e.      Budget (max. 1/2 page) including costs for personnel, equipment and consumables. 

f.       Description of your present scientific research (max. 1/2 page)

g.      CV and list of relevant publications (max. 2 pages)

                 Mandatory Formatting: Calibri 11 and 2 cm as margins

2.     Scanned file (Surname_support.pdf max 4MB) of a supporting letter signed by the Chairperson, Secretary and Treasurer of the Study Group involved in the proposal (electronic signatures allowed). The letter must clearly contain the title of the project, the name of the applicant and the Study Group involved in the project. 
Important: In cases of projects in collaboration between two Study Groups, a single scanned file containing two supporting letters, one for each involved Study Group, are required.

3.      A colour photograph as (Surname_Firstname.tiff, .eps or .jpg max 4MB) file at least 4 x 6 cm with 300 dpi resolution for publication

Evaluation Process

The Scientific Affairs Subcommittee (SAS) and possibly external peer-reviewers will review your proposal focussing on the following issues:

Scientific and/or technological excellence

  • Soundness of concept and quality of objectives
  • Progress beyond state-of-the-art
  • Quality and effectiveness of the scientific/technological methodology and work plan

Quality and efficiency of the implementation and budgeting

  • Appropriateness of the collaborating partners as a whole in the project
  • Quality and relevant experience of the individual partners
  • Appropriateness of the allocation and justification of the resources to be committed (budget, staff, equipment)
  • Appropriate timing  and scope of work within timeframe

Parity issues

  • Geographic distribution of the partners
  • Gender balance


For a final decision, comparison with other proposals submitted in parallel and with already granted or running projects of the same group(s) might be taken into account.


The funding receiver must together with the Study Group(s) submit a two-page report to ESCMID upon completion of the research project. It should include:

  • A short introduction summarizing current knowledge for the non-specialist
  • The study hypothesis
  • The main findings
  • Conclusions from the investigation
  • Presentations (oral / poster) or publications originating from this project.

This report can be replaced by one (or more) peer-reviewed publication(s) covering the funded project.