ESICM 2022 Research Awards

The ESICM Awards Programme offers direct funding to researchers in the field of Intensive Care Medicine. Intensivists working in all areas of the discipline are invited to apply by submitting their proposed research projects. 12 grants are available.

In this video, Jan De Waele, Chair of the ESICM Research Committee between 2018 and 2021, discusses the application process and the different categories of award.

You can find the list or recipients from 2021 here.

The next ESICM Research Awards campaign will be launched in early 2022. With the exception of members of the ESICM Research Committee and Executive Committee who do not qualify, the Society accepts applications from anyone who is a  member.

There are two stages to the application process:

First, candidates must submit a short application.This is an outline of the aims and methodology of the proposed research project, and must include an estimated budget and timeline. All short applications are reviewed by the Research Committee.

Those selected are then asked to submit a full application. This is a full project description with details regarding feasibility, research design and methodology.

All full applications are reviewed by a minimum of two independent expert assessors. These assessments are thoroughly discussed at the Awards Jury Meeting by members of the Research Committee. The results are announced in the Summer.

For guidelines regarding the application process go to the ESICM 2022 Awards Programme Overview A template application form will be available soon.

Available Research Awards

Through its research programme ESICM provides an impetus to research activities among the Society’s members. Each award category focuses on a distinct area of intensive care medicine from basic to clinical research. There is an award to support young research scientists, and another intended for established figures in the world of research. There may be more than one award category of relevance to your project, so your project maybe submitted for up to three awards.

ESICM Basic Science Award

The Basic Science Award supports a fundamental research. This category covers all areas of basic research from basic cellular and molecular physiology, cell biology, molecular biology and genetics to animal physiology. Translational science is also included in this category.

The Basic Science Award is a sum of €20,000 and is fully funded by ESICM.

Professor Burkhard Lachmann Award

Projects that are pre-selected for the Basic Science Award may go forward for consideration for the Professor Burkhard Lachmann award with the agreement of the candidate.

The Professor Burkhard Lachmann Award is a grant of €5,000 and is fully funded by the International Foundation for Clinically Oriented Research (IFCOR).

ESICM Family Partnership Award

Any research proposal that centres on the needs, priorities and expectations of patients and their carers will qualify for this award. Other elements such as patient-carer interactions and long-term outcomes in ICU survivors are relevant.

We encourage N&AHP members to apply.

The Family Partnership Award is a sum of €15,000 and is fully funded by ESICM.

ESICM Global ICU Award

The Global ICU Award is intended for projects conducted in a Low & Middle Income Country as defined by the 2021 Low & Middle Income Countries list compiled by the World Bank and approved by the WHO.

The projects should have an educational element focusing on improving patient care.

The Global ICU Award is a sum of €15,000 and is fully funded by ESICM. 

ESICM Established Investigator Award

The Established Investigator Award supports investigators who have already established their independent research programme in the field of intensive care and emergency medicine, and who can demonstrate a commitment to training of young colleagues. The proposal may rely on approaches ranging from basic cellular responses to outcome research, and may include clinical applications as well as translational science.

The Established Investigator Award is a sum of €20,000 which is fully funded by ESICM.

ESICM Young Investigator Award

ESICM wishes to invest in young, talented scientists who have the potential to become outstanding independent investigators.  ESICM members aged 40 or younger at the time of applying  are eligible for the Young Investigator Award.

Research proposals may focus on any aspect of intensive care medicine.

The Young Investigator Award is a grant of €20,000 and is fully funded by ESICM.

NEXT Start-Up Grant

The NEXT Start-Up Grant supports the professional development of young and talented researchers with a solid background in research. ESICM members aged 42 years or younger at the time of applying are invited to submit applications.

The NEXT Start-Up Grant offers €25,000 per year for up to two years. This grant is fully funded by ESICM.

ESICM Clinical Research Award

The Clinical Research Award is for projects carried out in a clinical environment. Some aspects of the proposal may involve collaboration with research laboratories. Applications that lack a clinical component will not be considered.

Proposals may be based on approaches ranging from physiology, diagnostic procedures, therapeutic interventions, to epidemiologic studies and evaluation of practices.

The Clinical Research Award is a grant €20,000 and is fully funded by ESICM.

ESICM Levi-Montalcini Biomedical Sciences Award

ESICM is committed to equal opportunity in science and has established this award to encourage women to join the research community.  ESICM looks forward to receiving applications from female scientists and physicians.

The Levi-Montalcini Biomedical Sciences Award is a grant of €20,000 which is fully funded by ESICM.

ESICM – Fisher&Paykel Healthcare SAS Award

Projects must focus on the physiology and outcomes of less invasive respiratory support in acute respiratory failure.

The  Fisher&Paykel SAS Healthcare award is €20,000 and is fully funded by Fisher&Paykel SAS Healthcare. Projects must be conducted in Europe. The proposals should include at least one country contributing to the design and / or conduct of the project.

How to apply

For information relating to the application process and conditions please read ESICM 2021 Awards Programme Overview and procedure. Candidates are advised to read these documents carefully before submitting their application. Any application that does not comply with the guidelines will unfortunately be rejected.

We wish to draw your attention to the following conditions of entry in particular:

ESICM particularly wishes to encourage research carried out across a number of countries. With the exception of the Young Investigator Award and the Fisher&Paykel Healthcare SAS projects that do not involve at least two countries are not eligible.

With the exception of the Global ICU Award, all awards are intended for research projects conducted in Europe.

After a year, awardees will be requested to provide research@esicm.org with a progress report.

The awards platform will be open for applications in January 2022.  You will find the link to connect here.

LIVES 2021 Abstract Awards

Best Abstracts

FIVE WINNERS WILL BE AWARDED FREE REGISTRATION TO ESICM LIVES 2021 & REIMBURSEMENT OF UP TO EUR 1,000.

ONE ISF WINNER WILL BE AWARDED FREE REGISTRATION TO ESICM LIVES 2021 & REIMBURSEMENT OF UP TO EUR 500.

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N&AHP Best Abstracts

TWO ESICM N&AHP AWARDS WHICH INCLUDE FREE REGISTRATION TO ESICM LIVES 2021.

ONE ESICM N&AHP AWARD WHICH INCLUDES FREE REGISTRATION TO ESICM LIVES 2021 & REIMBURSEMENT OF UP TO EUR 1,000.