Study Group Collaboration Grant

The Study Group Collaboration Grant is a larger-scale grant for innovative research projects in clinical microbiology and infectious diseases organised by an experience PI with the support of at least 3 study groups collaborating together. Please do not apply, if you have not full support from three or more of ESCMID's Study Groups.


The call to apply for the Study Group Collaboration Grant will officially open on 15 August 2022 and the deadline to submit applications will be 20 October 2022, 17:00 CET



The maximum amount granted per project is EUR 180,000.


Eligibility criteria

  1. Proposed projects must include the support of at least 3 ESCMID Study Groups.
  2. The research project may be based on laboratory investigations, clinical studies, experimental animal studies, or a combination of these. However, it must contain a translation component
  3. Applications should be of a high quality with a large focus on innovation and networking
  4. Research must be carried out as a collaborative project involving at least two separate institutions in two different countries. A member of each Study Group must be involved in the project at some level
  5. The research project should be designed for a maximum duration of 2 years. The research project should start after signing the grant agreement
  6. Applicants must be principal investigators for the proposed research and be experienced in large research projects. This cannot be the applicants first research project, and ideally, they have some years of experience.
  7. The Study Groups involved must display full support of this proposal by written approval by the Chairperson, Secretary and Treasurer of the respective Study Groups.
  8. The applicants must be ESCMID members in good standing. Members of the ESCMID Executive Committee are ineligible.
  9. Applications are not accepted from companies / start-up research firms.


Scoring Criteria

The Scientific Affairs Subcommittee (SAS) and possibly external peer-reviewers will review your proposal according to the following criteria:

Entry Criteria

Must be present to even be considered eligible for scoring.

  • The research project must contain a translational component
  • The roles of each Study Group are clearly defined, and responsibilities are appropriately split


  • How clear is the hypothesis and objectives/aims of the proposal? (10 points)
  • How important is the research question and how relevant is the proposal to the field of ID and CM? (10 points)
  • Is appropriate preliminary work presented? (10 points)
  • Are the methods included appropriate for the project? (10 points)
  • Is the proposal innovative? (10 points)
  • Will the research infrastructure be sufficient to ensure this proposal is a success? (10 points)
  • Overall scientific excellence and feasibility of the proposal (10 points)


  • Does the proposal include outside entities as collaborators and if so are they appropriate? (5 points)
  • The proposal includes appropriate partners/institutions particular priority in scoring given to those involving Low- or Lower-Middle Income Countries* (5 points)
    • *as defined by the world bank classification


  • Does the budget clearly define all sources of funding, and provide realistic pricing for consumables, equipment and personnel? (10 points)
  • Does the proposal clearly define the team and their respective roles? (5 points)
  • Is the proposed timeline realistic and detailed? (5 points)

Total possible score 100


ESCMID expects a high level of quality from the applications according to the scoring criteria above and a focus on innovation and networking is key. If it is judged that no applications are of a high enough quality, ESCMID reserves the right to not grant the funding to any applicants of a given year.


    Application Procedure

    When submitting online, the applicants will need the following documentation:

    • Completed application form (template here) based on the criteria above (Save as Surname_application.pdf)
    • Primary Investigator's CV and list of top 10 publications (Surname_CV.pdf / max 2 pages)
    • Supporting letters signed by the Chairperson, Secretary and Treasurer of the Study Groups involved in the proposal (electronic signatures allowed). The letters must clearly contain the title of the project, the name of the applicant and the Study Groups involved in the project. (Surname_support.pdf / max 4MB)
    • A colour photograph (Surname_Firstname.tiff, .eps or .jpg / max 4MB) file at least 4 x 6 cm with 300 dpi resolution for publication
    • Optional: supplemental data or graphical abstracts to support the proposal (Surname_supplement.pdf / max 4 MB)

    Note that Study Groups can be part of multple submissions



    The funding receiver must together with the Study Groups submit a 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.