Early Career Scientific Development Grant

The Early Career Scientific Development Grant offers financial support to members of the Society or to their collaborators in the view of gathering information and experience on a specific research issue OR on a laboratory technique in the field of paediatric endocrinology.

Grant Information 

  • A maximum of four grants of up to €2,500 each will be available on an annual basis.
  • These will be awarded every three months, with application deadlines of 31 January, 30 April, 31 July and 31 October.
  • The committee can, at its discretion, award more than four grants in extraordinary circumstances, for example, if several particularly deserving applications are received contemporaneously. Likewise if all applications within a quarter are deemed poor in quality the committee reserves the rights to withhold the award.
  • The grant covers travel and housing expenses only. It excludes personal living expenses. This 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.

A grant can be used to finance a short-term visit of a few days to up to six weeks' duration in 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.


30 Apr

Application Deadline


Specific Requirements

  • 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: 
  • Scientific interest
  • Feasibility of the project (including, time-frame)
  • Host/home centre (relevant expertise)
  • Adequacy of the application to the aim of the Award


Each application will be peer-reviewed by at least two members of the Science Committee Expert Panel

Completion of the award

Upon completion of the award, the following report template should be completed and submitted in electronic format to the ESPE Team within three months of completing the award.

  • Report form template

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 (who must be ESPE member)
  • 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. A decision will be made by the Science Committee and applicants will be notified by the ESPE Team within one month of the deadline date. Failure to submit applications electronically may result in delays to the process.