Mid–Career Scientific Development Award

The Mid–Career Scientific Development Award is a unique opportunity for scientific renewal, new research development and the establishment of collaborative link for both physicians and scientists.

Up to €25,000 is available each year for recipients to spend a period of 3 to 12 months in another centre.

Sponsored by Lilly International Corp., USA.

31 Oct
Application Deadline



Specific Requirements

  • Candidate must be an ESPE member
  • Age 40 or above
  • Not less than 3 years from retirement

Selection Criteria

The applications will be scored based on the applicant’s and the host’s previous merits, the anticipated scientific and educational benefits from the planned stay at another centre and the quality of the research plan.

Additional criteria

  • Originality of the research
  • Scientific importance
  • Experimental design
  • Budget
  • Mode of collaboration
  • Benefit for home institution


All applications will be subjected to an external peer review by at least three members of the Science Committee Expert Panel.

How to Apply

The following documents should be submitted by the application deadline.

  • Application form
  • Short CV of the main applicant
  • Publications list
  • Invitation letter from host institution
  • Short CV of the host(s)
  • Declaration letter from home institute
  • Ethical committee approval – if applicable
All applications must be submitted electronically to Outi Mäkitie, ESPE Mid-Career Scientific Development Award Convenor.

2016 Professor Ragnar Bjarnason, Reykjavik, Iceland. The Mechanism of Human Non–shivering Thermogenesis and Basal Metabolic Rate. Host: Dr Kong Y. Chen, Bethesda, USA.

2015 Professor Annette Gruters–Kieslich, Berlin, Germany. Towards precision medicine in rare undiagnosed endocrine phenotypes. Host: Professor Harald Jueppner, Boston, USA and Professor Eric Vilain, Los Angeles, USA.

2015 Dr Leyla Akin, Kayseri, Turkey: Evaluation of the molecular basis of an unusual phenotype characterized by GH deficiency and primary ovarian failure occurring in multiple Turkish pedigrees. Host: Professor Mehul Dattani, UCL Institute of Child Health/Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, London, UK.

2015 Dr Johnny Deladoey, Montreal, Canada: Molecular mechanisms of congenital hypothyroidism. Host: Professor Michel Polak, Necker University Hospital, Paris, France.

2014 Dr Rita Bertalan, Veszprém, Hungary: Understanding the genetic mechanism of human sex determination. Host: Dr Ken McElreavey, Department of Human Developmental Genetics, Paris, France.

2014 Professor Jean-Pierre Chanoine, Vancounver, Canada: Bringing Global Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes (GPED) to the front stage: Establishing its future as a key player in the field of non-communicable diseases. Host: Dr. Karen Armstrong, Sydney, Australia and Dr. Margaret Zacharin, Melbourne, Australia.

2014 Dr Giedre Grigelioniene, Stockholm, Sweden: Searching for genetic causes of pseudohypoparathyroidism type Ib. Host: Professor Harald Juppner, Endocrine Unit, Department of Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital & Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA.

2013 Professor Gary Butler, London, UK: The aetiology and clinical management of children and adolescents with hypogonadotropic hypogonadism: a network collaboration (see report (pdf) (136kb)) Host: Professor Leo Dunkel, Centre for Endocrinology, St Bartholomew's and The London School of Medicine, London, UK.

2013 Dr Anne–Simone Parent, Liège, Belgium: Effects of perinatal exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals on hippocampal neuro (see report (pdf) (188kb)) Host: Professor Westbrook, Vollum Institute, Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, OR, USA.

2012 Outi Makitie, Helsinki, Finland: Genetic determinants of childhood onset primary osteoporosis (see report (pdf) (295kb)) Host: Professor Olle Söder, Department of Women's and Children's Health, Pediatric Endocrinology Unit, Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden.

2012 Kmal Topaloglu, Adana, Turkey (see report (pdf) (200kb)) Host: Professor Sergio Ojeda, Laboratory at the OHSU Oregon National Primate Research Center, Beaverton, OR, USA.

2011 Zoran Gucev, Skopje, Macedonia (see report (pdf) (325kb)) Host: Professor Walter L. Miller, University of California, San Francisco, California, USA.

2011 Pal Njolstad, Bergen, Norway (see report (pdf) (1.45mb)) Host: Professor David Altshuler, Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT, Cambridge, MA, USA.

2010 Serap Turan, Istanbul, Turkey: The temporal profile of Gs imprinting and XLs expression in the renal proximal tubule during the early postnatal period in mice (see report (pdf) (115kb)). Host: Henry Kronenberg and Murat Bastepe, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

2010 Jorma Toppari, Turku, Finland: Importance of normal testicular development for male reproductive health (see report (pdf) (59kb)). Host: Anders Juul, Copenhagen, Denmark.

2009 Wieland Kiess, Leipzig, Germany (see report (pdf) (28kb)) Host: George Werther, Australia.

2009 Fabrizio Barbetti, Rome, Italy: RNA–based therapy for infancy onset diabetes caused by mutations of the insulin gene. Host: Domenico Accili.

2008 Ze'ev Hochberg, Haifa, Israel (see report (pdf) (107kb)). Host: Peter Gluckman, New Zealand.

2008 Theo Sas, Ridderkerk, The Netherlands: The role of Plasma Protein–A (PAPP–A) in pre– and postnatal growth. A study in normal and fetal growth restricted pregnancies and in children born small for gestational age (SGA) with or without Silver Russell Syndrome (SRS) (see report (pdf) (13kb)). Host: Yves Le Bouc, France.

2007 Primus Mullis, Bern, Switzerland: Rescuing autosomal dominant growth hormone deficiency type II. Host: Iain Robinson, UK

2007: Jacques Pantel, Paris, France: The ghrelin system in the zebra fish model. Host: R D Cone, USA.

2006 Jan Maarten Wit, Leiden, Netherlands (see report (pdf) 26kb)). Host: Michael Ranke, Germany.

2005 Ieuan Hughes, Cambridge, UK (see report (pdf) (34kb)). Hosts: Joseph Majzoub, USA and Peter Gluckman, New Zealand.

2005 Iréne Netchine, Paris, France (see report (pdf) (81kb)) Host: Pinchas Cohen, USA.

2004 Pal Njolstad, Bergen, Norway (see report (pdf) (23kb)). Host: Ronald Kahn, USA.

2004 Christian Roth, Bonn, Germany (see report (pdf) (166kb)). Host: Sergio Ojeda, USA.

2003 Serge Lumbroso Nimes, France.

2003 Christian Roth Bonn, Germany.

2002 Jeremy Wales, Sheffield, UK.

2001 Jeremy Wales Sheffield, UK.

2001 Niels Birkebaek Aarhus, Denmark.

2001 Heike Jung Hanover, Germany.

2001 Nurgun Kandemir Ankara, Turkey.

2000 Chris Kelnar, Edinburgh, Scotland (see report (pdf) (14kb)).

2000 Ursula Kuhnle–Krahl, Munich, Germany.

1999 Marie–Christine Lebrethon, Liège, Belgium.

1998 Cecilia Camacho–Hübner, London, UK.

1997 – Not awarded.

1996 Alex Eberle Basel, Switzerland; Marc Maes Brussels, Belgium.

1996 Raimo Voutilainen Kuopio, Finland.

1995 – Not awarded.

1994 Michael Preece London, UK.

1993 David Milner (d. 1996) Sheffield, UK.

1993 Tomasz Romer Warsaw, Poland.