The ACTERIA Prizes are awarded by the European Federation of Immunological Societies (EFIS) for the best doctoral theses defended in the last three years, and for the best early career research work of investigators with up to ten year’s postdoctoral experience in the fields of immunology and allergology.

Further Information

Funding body:
European Federation of Immunological Societies (EFIS)
Maximum value:
€ 180,000
Application deadline:
None specified

Extended Description

The ACTERIA Prizes were established in 2012 by the Fondation ACTERIA (ACTing on European Research in Immunology and Allergology) and the European Federation of Immunological Societies (EFIS). EFIS is a non-profit umbrella organisation that represents immunological societies from all across Europe, whereby every active member of any of the member societies is automatically considered an EFIS member and can as such benefit from EFIS-programmes.

Four ACTERIA prizes are awarded every three years: two ACTERIA Doctoral Prizes and the two ACTERIA Early Career Research Prizes.

Eligibility Criteria

Eligible applicants for the ACTERIA Doctoral Prizes are candidates who earned their doctoral degree within the three years before the application deadline of the year the prizes are awarded and who have defended their doctoral thesis in a topic related to immunology and allergology in a European university/institution.

Eligible applicants for the ACTERIA Early Career Research Prizes are young immunologists and allergologists for their achievements and research efforts conducted in a European university/research organisation in the past ten years subsequent to receiving their doctoral degree.

Nominations for the ACTERIA Prizes are to be submitted to EFIS by an EFIS member in good standing.

Additional Information

European countries are defined as those where an immunological or allergological society is affiliated to EFIS.

Value Notes

The ACTERIA Doctoral Prizes consist of a monetary award of €15,000 and the ACTERIA Early Career Research Prizes consist of a monetary award of €30,000.

Furthermore, there is an additional possibility to receive a grant of €50,000 per year for three-year research projects to be performed in European institutions.

Previous Successes

Previous winners include:

  • 2015 Doctoral Prize in Allergology: Sandra Pahr (Medical University of Vienna).
  • 2015 Doctoral Prize in Immunology: Chris Schiering (The Francis Crick Institute – Mill Hill Laboratory, London).
  • 2015 Early Career Research Prize in Allergology: Thomas Marichal (University of Liege).
  • 2015 Early Career Research Prize in Immunology: Dietmar Zehn (Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois (CHUV), Lausanne).

Application Procedure

Applications must first be submitted to EFIS by providing all required information in the online application form on the ACTERIA Prizes website.

The application must consist of the following documents:

  • Curriculum Vitae with publications, including primary research articles, reviews, book chapters, conference proceedings, oral presentations, etc.
  • Summary of dissertation including a summary of activity since earning the doctoral degree.
  • Letter of reference from doctoral degree supervisor.
  • Proof of Membership in an EFIS-affiliated National Society.
  • Proposed research project including: state-of-the-art, questions addressed, research programme and methods, expected results, feasibility, potential bottlenecks and solutions, if necessary, timeline, short list of references.
  • Letter from the Host Institution where the project will be conducted, confirming that appropriate facilities will be guaranteed to the researcher in the event the project is approved, and including a statement that the safety rules of the organisation will be applied.
  • Ethics statement (applicable for research using human or animal samples or conducted in humans or animals) confirming that the proposed project will be submitted to the appropriate Institutional Review Board/Ethics Committee before funding is awarded by the Fondation ACTERIA.

Following the submission deadline, a candidate’s application will be forwarded to the EFIS-affiliated National Society to which the candidate belongs. Thereafter, the National Societies will review the applications and, based on the quality of proposals, ultimately formulate two nominations, one in immunology and one in allergology, to be formally submitted to the ACTERIA Prizes Selection Jury.

The deadline for the 2015 ACTERIA Prizes was 31 December 2014. The next edition of the ACTERIA Prizes is expected to be organised in 2018.

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