EAU seeding grant

Are you a young researcher or clinician with new research initiatives? The EAU seeding grant supports short-term, exploratory research projects wherein the results will determine the potential and long-term feasibility of the research.

About the grant

Applicants are invited to submit project proposals designed to collect or strengthen preliminary data, as well as, help start clinical trials or other research projects endeavoured to acquire external competitive funding. Preliminary data is not required in the application. Seeding grants will be awarded only in clinical research.

Budget and duration

The EAU will select two to three project proposals for the seeding grant. The duration of each research project is one year.

A grantee may request a maximum budget of €25,000. Funds may be allocated to salaries (including the grantee’s) and/or consumables, reagents or subcontracts. For the payment of internal facilities or clinical costs, the maximum budget is €5,000.

Expenses incurred must be accurately itemized and justified in the appropriate section of the application form.

Ethical issues and considerations

The research projects must abide by the following conditions:

  • Research involving human subjects and/or vertebrate animals must comply with the relevant European and national laws.
  • All funded research projects must be conducted within the research ethics guidelines of the National Health and Medical Research Council.
  • Institutional approval by the appropriate ethics committee(s) must be demonstrated prior to release of funds.

Certification that approval has been given should be forwarded with the application or as soon it is available.

Evaluation process

Incomplete applications and/or applications that do not comply with the requirements stated in the Call for Applications will not be accepted.

The seed grants will be awarded on a competitive basis. All accepted applications will undergo a two-step selection process. The review panel will comprise members of the EAU Board and an external expert reviewer, if needed.

A. First step

Three reviewers will evaluate and assign scores to each application. To avoid potential bias, the applications are allotted to the reviewers (i.e. projects will not be reviewed by their own division, centre, or institute affiliates).

The evaluation criteria are the following:

  • Originality and innovation
  • Feasibility of the proposed experiments
  • Potential to be competitive for larger-scale funding
  • Qualification and research experience of the applicant

The reviewers will discuss to reach a consensus ranking list.

B. Second step

The top two/three applicants will be invited to a personal meeting with the review panel. The applicants will provide a brief presentation of their proposals and take part in a Q&A session.

The reviewers will rank the applicants based on the following criteria:

  • Ability to analyse expected results in the context of a future larger proposal
  • Balance between innovation and feasibility of the research proposed

Who is eligible?

You are eligible to apply if you are:

  1. An EAU member
  2. An academically active researcher/clinician
  3. Aged 40 years or younger at the time of the submission deadline

How to apply

To apply for the seed grant application, you are required to provide the following requirements:

  1. A completed application form (Note: This form also contains more information on the application process)
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. List of your PubMed publication(s) with the PubMed ID number(s)
  4. Copy of your passport
  5. A written proposal (not exceeding two pages) specifying:
    - Project background
    - Aims and objectives
    - Project description
    - A paragraph stating future prospects, dissemination process, and foreseen impact of the research.
  6. Specification of the costs/budget using the following categories: laboratory costs, travel costs, personal hours, and other expenses.

For more information, please contact the EAU via email.