Early Career Scientific Development Grant

The Early Career Scientific Development Grant offers financial support to paediatric endocrinologists and basic scientists for the purpose of gathering information and experience on a specific research issue OR on a laboratory technique in the field of paediatric endocrinology.

An Early Career Scientific Development Grant can be used to finance a short-term visit to an external laboratory/hospital/institute in order to:

  • Learn a new technique
  • Troubleshoot on existing methods
  • Discuss new methods/techniques in a research seminar
  • Compile statistics on joint research projects
  • Test samples in the framework of a joint research project

Alternatively, the grant may be used to finance the visit of an outside expert in order to receive essential guidance, consultation or advice at the requester's home institute.

Grant Information 

  • A maximum of four grants of up to €2,500 each is available on an annual basis.
  • The grant will be awarded quarterly, with application deadlines of 31 January, 30 April, 31 July and 31 October.
  • The grant covers travel and housing expenses only. Personal living expenses are not included.
  • The grant will support research materials and costs at a rate of €100 per week with a maximum of €500 for the time of the grant.
  • The Science Committee can award more than four grants a year in extraordinary circumstances.
  • If all applications within a quarter are deemed poor in quality the Science Committee reserves the rights to withhold the award.


Applications for 2018 are now closed. Details of the 2019 grant will be available in due course.


Specific Requirements

  • The sponsor of the applicant should be an ESPE member. The applicant and host supervior are not required to be ESPE members.
  • A grant should be used to finance a short-term visit of up to six weeks at an external laboratory/hospital/institute or to finance the visit of an outside expert in order to receive essential guidance, consultation or advice at the requester's home institute.
  • A grant must be used within 6 months of receipt.
  • Current members of the Science Committee and ESPE Council are not eligible to apply for this grant.
  • A brief report using the report form template should be submitted within three months of completing the visit.
  • Grant recipients are encouraged to acknowledge the grant support in all publications resulting from it.

Selection Criteria

The applications will be scored based on the following criteria: 

  • Applicant CV
  • Host CV and institution
  • Focus and quality of application
  • Hypothesis
  • Methodology and experimental design
  • Potential for publication and further research
  • Timing and feasibility
  • Budget justification
  • Benefit for applicant and home institution
  • Relevance of the topic


Each application will be peer-reviewed by the Convenor of Early Career Scientific Development Grant and at least one other member of the Science Committee.

How to Apply

The following documents should be submitted by the application deadline.

  • Application form
  • Detailed CV
  • Letter of acceptance from the Head of the Host Institution
  • Letter from one sponsor 
  • Written statement of commitment to inform ESPE of the results of the award by submitting a short report and to acknowledge the programme in publications or ESPE presentations

All applications must be submitted electronically to the ESPE Team.

All applications will be acknowledged by email. Applicants will be notified within one month of the deadline date.


For more information about how to write a good grant application, please click here*.


The forms below are for recipients of this grant only. A grant report should be submitted within 3 months of completion of the grant.

Your completed report must be submitted electronically to the ESPE Team.



*Reference: 12 top tips for writing a grant application. (October 2015). Insight Blog (Medical Research Council, MRC). Retrieved from