FEMS Research Grants

Grant funding available to assist early-career microbiologists in pursuing research for up to three months in a European country different to that in which the applicant resides.

Further Information

Funding body:
Federation of European Microbiological Societies (FEMS)
Maximum value:
€ 4,000
Application deadline:

Extended Description

The Federation of European Microbiological Societies (FEMS) is a membership organisation bringing together 50 member societies from 36 European countries, supporting over 30,000 microbiologists. The Society’s aim is to advance microbiology in Europe by offering research grants and helping to inform and educate through publications, journals, conferences and teaching support.

The FEMS Research Grants are meant to enhance European microbiological research by assisting early career scientists in pursuing research at a host laboratory. They have the form of short-term fellowships with a duration of one to three months.

Eligibility Criteria

Eligible applicants are active, early-career microbiologists, having obtained their highest degree less than five years prior to the application deadline date or be a PhD student. They should be a member of a FEMS Member Society for at least one year before applying and be a resident in a European country or a country that has a FEMS member society.

An early career scientist can receive a FEMS Research Grant no more than two times and no more than €4,000 in total.

Additional Information

The European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESCMID) will select one fellow per year for an additional grant of €1,000. Reciprocally, FEMS will provide such an additional grant to one fellow.

Value Notes

The maximum grant is €4,000.

The grant is intended to support travel and living costs of the Grantee only.

Terms and Conditions

Applications will be assessed on:

  • The quality of the proposed research project.
  • The available budget.

Application Procedure

Applications should be submitted to the FEMS Central Office using the online grant application system.

Applications must include:

  • A CV including a list of relevant publications.
  • Copy of certificate of the highest academic degree obtained or a confirmation of PhD student status from the home university or institution.
  • Letter of reference.
  • A letter of acceptance from the host laboratory.
  • Research project proposal.
  • Official passport photograph of applicant.

There are two annual deadlines: 15 June (12:00 CET) and 1 December (12:00 CET).

Euro-CNS – Fellowship Training Programme

The Euro-CNS Fellowship Training Programme is intended to facilitate short diagnostic training opportunities in either tumour or muscle and nerve pathology for trainees in neuropathology who have inadequate access to training in their own country.

Funding body:
European Confederation of Neuropathological Societies (Euro-CNS)
Maximum value:
€ 2,000
Application deadline:
None specified
Eligibility Criteria
Eligible applicants are European citizens who are a member of a neuropathological society and are not older than 40 years of age. The applicant must have had at least three years of neuropathology practice. Furthermore, the applicant must be able to communicate effectively in the host country’s language or a second language that is accepted by host and trainee.

Terms and Conditions
Training should start within six months of the selection notification date. A deferred start may be possible but should be indicated in the application.

The host institute must identify the lead pathologist for the fellowship scheme who will be responsible to Euro-CNS for providing an acceptable training experience to Fellows.

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Bruno and Ilse Frick Foundation for Research on ALS

The Bruno and Ilse Frick Foundation for Research on ALS aims to encourage basic biomedical research related to understanding the cause of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

Further Information
Funding body:
Bruno and Ilse Frick Foundation for Research on ALS
Maximum value:
€ 90,300
Application deadline:
Extended Description
The Bruno and Ilse Frick Foundation for Research on ALS is a Swiss charitable organisation. Its mission is to provide research grants for study to advance understanding of the basic causes of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). There are no geographical limitations.

Eligibility Criteria
There are no limitations set for the eligibility of applicants.

Value Notes
The grant is 100,000 CHF (approximately €90,311) for a duration of two years.

The grant may not be used to cover the overhead and salary of the Principal Investigator.

Grants are not directed to clinically related projects for patient care.

Previous Successes
Previous grant awardees include:

Jochen H. Weishaupt (Ulm University, Germany): ‘Molecular pathogenesis of ALS linked to TBK1 haploinsufficiency’.
Christopher J. Donnelly (Univ. Pittsburgh, USA): ‘Neurotoxic protein mislocalization initiates neural injury in C90RF72’.
Prof. Claudio Hetz (Biomedical Neuroscience Institute).
Prof. Justin Ichida (Department of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine, University of Southern California).
Application Procedure
Applications may be submitted to the Bruno and Ilse Frick Foundation for Research on ALS by sending the required documents to ann.kato@unige.ch.

Applications should include:

Name, address and title of proposal.
Scientific abstract.
Introduction of the topic.
Specific goals of the project and detailed research plan.
Budget requested.
List of other support.
Curriculum vitae.
List of papers published by the applicant of an academic institute during the past five years.
The deadline for the 2016 Call for Proposals is 30 September 2016.