Through a ‘seeding grant’, short-term, exploratory research projects can be supported. The results will determine the potential and long-term feasibility of the research. A seeding grant allows young colleagues with ideas for new research initiatives, that may be high-risk projects, to start working on their research project with a seeding grant.
Last year, the EAU’s Research Foundation (EAU RF) announced the availability of new grants for short-term studies ‘seeding grants’. A final selection from the 30 submissions was made during the Annual EMUC Congress in Amsterdam, last November, following personal interviews with candidates. Two were funded with € 25,000 each.
The EAU RF is pleased to announce another opportunity for seeding grants, with the aim of supporting highly innovative and original research by a junior investigator. The call for applications is currently open, with deadlines closing on Wednesday February 19th, 2020 (notification) and February 26th, 2020 (grant application).
Applicants are invited to submit 1-year research projects with a total budget up to €25,000. These projects should be designed to collect or strengthen preliminary data and to help the start of clinical trials or other clinical research projects with, possible qualification for future external competitive funding. Preliminary data is not required in the application. Seeding grants will be awarded only in clinical research.
Funding for this Call for Application amounts to a maximum of € 50,000 in total for 2 projects. The applicant must be an academically active researcher/clinician and member of the EAU and be younger than 40 at submission deadline. The total project period is one year. Successful projects will start in May 2020 and will end on May 2021.
The maximum budget request is € 25,000. Funds can be spent on salaries (including the grant holder) and/or consumables/reagents/subcontracts. Payment of internal facilities/clinical costs is allowed up to € 5,000. The budget description must be accurate and every item must be justified in the appropriate section of the application form.
- Research involving human subjects and/or vertebrate animals must comply with the relevant European and national laws.
- All funded research 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 the release of funds.
- Certification that approval has been given should be forwarded with the application or as soon as available.
The Evaluation Process
Applications that are incomplete or do not comply with the requirements stated in this Call for Applications will not be accepted.
Grants will be awarded on a competitive basis. All accepted Applications will undergo a two-step selection process. The Review Panel will be composed of the members of the EAU Research Foundation Board and an external expert reviewer, if needed.
Each application will be independently scored by three reviewers. Assignments will be made in order to avoid potential bias (i.e. projects will be not reviewed by their own Division/Center/Institute affiliates).
The evaluation criteria for the first step of selection will be 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
Reviewers will discuss the scoring results of individual applications and will reach a consensus ranking list.
The top 3-4 applicants will be invited to a personal meeting with the Review Panel, consisting of a brief presentation of their proposal (10 minutes) and a question & answer session.
Reviewers will rank the candidates based on the following criteria:
- Ability of the Applicant to analyze expected results in the context of a future larger proposal
- Balance between innovation and feasibility
How to apply
Candidates are expected to submit:
- Completed application form (.docx)
- CV and list of publications
- Copy of passport
- Written Project Proposal specifying Background, aims and objectives, project description and a paragraph with future prospects, dissemination and impact. (written project proposal should be max. 2 pages)
- Specification of the costs / budget using headlines: laboratory costs, travel costs, personal hours, other expenses.
All details on submission can be found on the application form, linked above.
Necessary Steps to be taken by the applicant for the seeding grant:
- All scientists intending to apply must notify the EAU Research Foundation Central Research Office by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) no later than Wednesday February 19th, 2020. All applicants will receive a message of receipt.
- The above-listed documents must be completed according to the specifications above (i.e. project proposal of max. 2 pages) and sent to the EAU RF according to details on the form no later than Wednesday February 26th, 2020 at 24h Central European Summer Time by email (email@example.com). All applicants will receive a message of receipt.
If you miss one of these deadlines 1 or 2, your application can unfortunately not be accepted for evaluation this time.
The top 2-4 applicants will be invited for a personal meeting with the Review Panel on Thursday/Friday March 19/20, 2020 prior to the annual EAU congress in Amsterdam.