ESICM’S 2020 Research Awards

The ESICM Research and Industry Awards offer “something for everyone”, from junior to more experienced researchers, and from basic to clinical research.

Jan De Waele, Chair of the ESICM Research Committee, outlines the process and different categories of awards.

The 2020 Award ceremony will take place during LIVES 2020 in Madrid.

The Award application platform will be open on February 3rd, 2020.

215,000 euro available for eligible research projects in 2020!

A range of research awards funded by ESICM is on offer to enable qualified investigators to carry out specific basic and clinical research projects – from young specialists to more established investigators.

These awards provide an impetus to research activities undertaken by ESICM members and grant the distinguished applicants peer recognition and greater exposure. Please note that only ESICM members are invited to submit an application.

The selection process is organised in three stages:

  • Pre-selection: the Jury (comprising members of the ESICM Research Committee and potentially external experts) selects projects based on feasibility (budget, timeline), methodology, research design and statistical plans presented in a short outline proposal (template) .  The platform will be opened February 3rd and the deadline to submit the short online application: March, 16th 2020 at midnight
  • Pre-selected candidates are invited to complete the full application from mid-April. Candidates have 3 weeks to complete (online) the  application form (template)
  • Review: pre-selected projects are reviewed by external experts, each proposal is reviewed by 2-4 reviewers
  • Jury selection: the Jury selects awardees according to the reviewers’ marking, comments and discussion between jury members 
  • Results are announced during the Summer. 
  • Follow-up : Awardees have to send, at least, a report every year until the project is finished and results are published.

Applications can come from anyone who is a member of the Society. More information about the procedure, soon available.

The 2020 Award ceremony will take place during LIVES 2020 in Madrid.

See 2019 Award procedure here

See 2019 ESICM 2019 Awards Programme Overview here

See 2019 Award Winners here

Available Research Awards

Professor Burkhard Lachmann Award

Those pre-selected for Basic Research Award will have the opportunity to compete independently for Professor Burkhard Lachmann Award for Experimental Research. The Jury will be considering those projects that are competing for the 2020 Basic Research Awards.

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

ESICM Family Partnership Award

The project should cover families’ needs and expectations, care providers & patient interactions, long-term outcomes in ICU survivors. The plan should be conducted within a 12-month work period in a European country. We encourage N&AHP members to apply.

The Family Partnership Award allocates a grant amounting to 15,000€, which is fully funded by ESICM.

ESICM Global ICU Award

The Global ICU Award aims at projects conducted in a Low & Middle Income Country. The projects should have an educational element focusing on improving patient care. Eligible Low & Middle Income Countries are based on the 2017 low and middle income countries list compiled by the World Bank and approved by the WHO.

The Global ICU Award allocates a grant amounting to 15,000€, which is fully funded by ESICM. 

ESICM Established Investigator Award

The Established Investigator Award supports the research activities of a senior physician/scientist active in clinical or basic research. It supports a research project conducted in Europe. The specific intent is to provide support for 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 facilitate research training of young colleagues. The research 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 allocates a grant amounting to 20,000€, which is also fully funded by ESICM.

ESICM Young Investigator Award

The ESICM Young Investigator Award supports the development of research activities undertaken with the active contribution of the applicant. It supports a research project conducted in Europe by an investigator under the age of 40 at the time of the application. The specific intent is to provide support for young and talented physicians/scientists that have the potential to become outstanding independent investigators in the field of intensive care and emergency medicine. Research proposals may rely on approaches ranging from basic cellular responses to outcome research, and may include clinical applications as well as translational science.

The Young Investigator Award allocates a grant amounting to 20,000€, which is fully funded by ESICM.
Only ESICM members aged 40 years or younger are invited to submit applications.

NEXT Start-Up Grant

The NEXT Start-Up Grant supports the professional development of talented newly board-certified intensivists who already have a background in research and are willing to develop independent research programmes. The specific intent is to provide support for young and talented researchers/scientists who have the potential to become established independent investigators in the field of intensive care and emergency medicine. Board-certified Intensive Care Physicians within 5-years from consultancy, who can demonstrate a solid background in research (e.g. PhD, MD, publications list/reference), are invited to apply. Applicants must demonstrate institutional support to facilitate research activities and professional development. Only ESICM members aged 42 years or younger are invited to submit applications

Research programme proposals may rely on approaches ranging from basic cellular responses to outcome research, and may include clinical applications, as well as translational science. Timetable and milestones definition are required. Research programme timetable specification, including milestones and objectives are also required at time of application.  A progress report should be submitted by the researcher to the Society after one year. Dissemination of results through ESICM events and journals, within three years following grant allocation, is required. There will also be long-term follow-up of professional development as an established independent researcher.

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

ESICM Clinical Research Award

The Clinical Research Award supports a research project to be performed by an investigator in a clinical environment. Some aspects of the proposal may involve collaboration with research laboratories. However, 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 allocates a grant amounting to 20,000€, which is fully funded by ESICM.

ESICM Basic Science Award

The Basic Science Award supports a research project to be performed by an investigator in a research laboratory. Approaches may vary topically from basic cellular and molecular physiology, cell biology, molecular biology and genetics to animal physiology and translational science.

The Basic Science Award allocates a grant amounting to 20,000€, which is also fully funded by ESICM.

ESICM Levi-Montalcini Biomedical Sciences Award

In order to foster progression of women in academic careers, this prize supports the development of research activities undertaken with the active contribution of a female applicant. The specific intent is to provide support for young and talented female physicians/scientists who have the potential to become outstanding independent investigators in the field of intensive care and emergency medicine. The research proposal may focus on approaches to topics ranging from basic cellular responses to outcome research, and may include clinical applications as well as translational science.

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

LIVES 2020 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.

Awardees shall be honoured during the Award Winners Session held prior to the Hot Topics Session at LIVES 2020 in Madrid.

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.

N&AHP Abstract Award winners will be honoured at the N&AHP Abstract Awards & Networking session at LIVES 2020.