ESICM 2022 Research Awards

The deadline for submitting applications to the 2022 ESICM Awards Programme is now past.

ESICM 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. 13 grants for a total value of €275,000 are available.

Listen to Marlies Ostermann, ESICM Research Committee Chair, talk about the awards programme.


How to apply

For information relating to the application process and conditions please read the ESICM 2022 Awards Programme Overview. Candidates are advised to read this document carefully before submitting their application. Any application that does not comply with the guidelines will unfortunately be rejected.

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. You can find the list of recipients from 2021 here.

In this video Nuttha Lumlertgul gives a few tips about the application process.

There are two stages to the application process:

  1. 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.
  2. Those selected will be contacted in April and 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.


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

  • ESICM wishes to encourage research carried out across a number of countries.
  • With the exception of the Global ICU Award, all awards are intended for research conducted in Europe.
  • After a year, awardees will be requested to provide research@esicm.org with a progress report.

Please note. From 2022, the most suitable award category for each application will be decided by the Jury and not chosen by the applicant.


The awards platform is now closed for applications.   

Available Research Awards

Through its research programme ESICM provides an impetus to research activities among the Society’s members. Facilitating and promoting research is one of the principle objectives of the Society.

For 2022 additional funds have been made available to allow the creation of three new award categories. The range of awards offered by ESICM covers the entire spectrum of critical care, including but not limited to basic, translational and clinical research, patient and family partnership, digital health and multi-disciplinary care.

ESICM Basic Science Award

The Basic Science Award has long supported research in this area. This category covers all areas of basic research from basic cellular and molecular physiology, cell biology, molecular biology and genetics to animal physiology.

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

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*ESICM Fundamental Research Award

Groundbreaking intensive care treatments are so often discovered through fundamental research. The new Fundamental Research Award has been created to encourage exploratory research across the broad field of intensive care medicine.

The Fundamental Research 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).

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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 €20,000 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 €20,000 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.

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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 of €20,000 and is fully funded by ESICM.

*ESICM Translational Research Award

The interdisciplinary field of translational science identifies and supports the adoption of best medical and health practices. By creating the translational research award ESICM puts a spotlight on this area.

The Translational Research Award is a grant of €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  Multi-Disciplinary Care Award

The Multi-Disciplinary Care Award has been created to support healthcare professionals who have identified areas of intensive care treatment where research is required and who have perhaps never before considered entering the field of research.

Applications are welcome from allied healthcare professionals of all disciplines relating to  intensive care.

The Multi-Disciplinary Care 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.

New for 2022.