European Foundation for the Study of Diabetes (EFSD)
Clinical Research Grants in the Field of Diabetes
Request for Applications
of Research Grants in 2012
Deadline date: 1 December 2012
The European Foundation for the Study of Diabetes (EFSD) was
created by the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) to provide
multiple funding initiatives in all areas of diabetes research. The aims of EFSD
are to encourage and support research in the field of diabetes, to rapidly
diffuse acquired knowledge and to facilitate its application.
Programme Research and Focus
The EFSD Clinical Research Grants in the Field of Diabetes Programme will accept
applications in the fields of type 1 or type 2 diabetes, covering all aspects of
the disease, e.g. epidemiology/genetics of pre-diabetes, diabetes and its micro-
and macrovascular complications, pathophysiology and clinical aspects including
vascular physiology and obesity. The proposed investigation must be carried out
in humans; although in vitro and ex vivo studies are acceptable, the in vivo
component must clearly be the more relevant part of the project.
Mechanism of Support and Review
Research will be supported through the award of grants
of up to Euro 400,000. The duration of each award may be up to three years,
depending upon the needs of the project and as justified in the application. The
Programme Board at the suggestion of the Review Committee, may at its discretion
recommend an award in a different amount from that requested, but which is
considered more appropriate for the proposed studies.
Applications for an EFSD clinical research grant are invited from single
non-profit institutions or groups of such institutions from Europe and
associated countries. The principal investigator and any co-investigators must
be employed full-time at a non-profit institution and the study must be
performed at their place of work.
Applications will be subject to scientific review by a specialised
ad hoc committee. It is anticipated that applications will be received, reviewed and approved for
funding by March 2013.
Prior to any final decision on funding, and in order to offer applicants the
opportunity to benefit from the review process, EFSD reserves
the right to request revision to applications in accordance with the
recommendations of the Review Committee.
Research Grant Applications
Applications for research grants may be subjected to
pre-review (or triage) procedures. In this event, any application rejected at
pre-review will not be subject to a complete scientific review.
The deadline for
receipt of research grant applications for funding this year
is 1 December 2012.
All budgets are to be prepared in Euro. For countries in which
the Euro is not yet the common currency, the exchange rate (between the Euro and
the local currency in the country where the work is to be performed) used for
calculating the Euro budget must be mentioned under "Budget Justification".
Application forms may be
All applications must be prepared on the official forms and
completed in strict accordance with the detailed instructions to be found on
these forms. Applications which do not comply with the instructions given in the
application form will not be considered for rebiew.
Please send your application as one complete e-mail
attachment to the following address before 12:00 noon (CET) on the deadline
Completed applications will be evaluated in accordance with the criteria stated below for scientific/technical
merit by an appropriate scientific committee.
Review criteria are as follows:
- Significance: Does the study address an important problem in keeping with the goals and focus areas of this Programme? If the aims of the application are achieved, how will scientific knowledge be advanced? What will be the effect of the proposed studies on the concepts or methods that drive this field?
- Approach: Are the conceptual framework, design, methods and analyses adequately developed, well integrated, and appropriate to the aims of the project? Does the applicant acknowledge potential problem areas and consider alternative tactics?
- Innovation: Does the project employ novel concepts, approaches or methods? Are the aims original and innovative? Does the project challenge existing paradigms or develop new methodologies or technologies?
- Investigator: Is the investigator appropriately trained and well suited to carry out this work? Is the work proposed appropriate to the experience level of the principal investigator and other researchers, if any?
- Environment: Does the scientific environment in which the work will be done contribute to the probability of success? Do the proposed experiments take advantage of unique features of the scientific environment or employ useful collaborative arrangements? Is there evidence of institutional support?
- Budget: Is the requested budget appropriate for the proposed study?
investigators funded by this Programme are required
to submit a scientific report at the end of the project period.
For those projects where funding is distributed over a period of more than one
year, interim progress reports will also be required. Such reports will be
subject to assessment prior to the release of any further funds.
Investigators must provide EFSD with copies of papers
accepted for publication, and must acknowledge the support of the Programme in
all written material by use of the
phrase: "supported by an EFSD
Applications for a grant renewal will be accepted on a
competitive basis, with the same review process as described in this
announcement. Such applications will thus be considered in the same manner as
all other new applications received for review and without any special priority.
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Enquiries should be directed to:
European Foundation for the Study of Diabetes
Rheindorfer Weg 3
40591 Düsseldorf, Germany
Tel: +49-211-75 84 69 0
Fax: + 49-211-75 84 69 29