Grants & funding

ESCMID Research Grants 2020

ESCMID research grants help young outstanding investigators pursue ground-breaking research in the fields of clinical microbiology and infectious diseases. The next application period will be announced in Spring 2020.


The maximum amount granted per project is EUR 20,000. This includes any potential overhead costs charged by your institution. ESCMID’s funding may be used to support the entire project or part of it.

ESCMID has reserved up to EUR 50,000 each for two excellently rated projects, where the reviewers see a great potential and are of the opinion that they merit additional funds to take the topic further.

Project criteria
  • The research project may consist of laboratory investigations, clinical studies, experimental animal studies, or a combination of these.
  • For the Research Grant programme 2020 ESCMID only accepts projects dealing with Bacterial Infections & Diseases (incl. diagnostics, pathogenesis, antibacterial susceptibility & resistance, antibacterial stewardship, vaccines).
  • Research projects usually run for 12 months (and may continue for a maximum of 24 months) and must start during the year the grant is received.

If your project does not meet the criteria stated above, it will be rejected directly without any peer review.

Projects dealing with Fungal/Viral/Parasitic Infections and Diseases (incl. diagnostics, pathogenesis, antifungal/antiviral/antiparasitic susceptibility & resistance, stewardship, vaccines) will be considered again next year, and thus proposals on Fungal/Viral/Parasitic Infections will neither be reviewed this year nor be kept for next year. For more detail, please consult the Research Grant FAQ.

Applications will be peer-reviewed and the best projects will be selected based on a ranking of the applications and research proposals (see ”Important guidance” below).

Eligibility criteria of applicants

Applicants must

  • Be principal investigators of the proposed research.
  • Have a valid Full or Young Scientist ESCMID membership.
  • Be born on or after 1 January 1980.
  • Have a medical degree (MD, MBBS, PharmD or equivalent), a PhD or be enrolled in a PhD programme.

Applicants who have received an ESCMID research grant before may only apply for a subsequent grant in the year after official completion of the first project.

Members of the ESCMID Executive Committee cannot apply for Research Grants nor submit a support letter for an application.

If the eligibility criteria are not met, your application will be rejected directly without any peer review.

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