Call 2016 for ESRS Fellowship and ESRS Training Grant Applications

ESRS Network of Sleep Research Laboratories

The ESRS Board has established a fund to support early career researchers within Europe. In 2016, a maximum of seven projects will be financed. The deadline for applications has been extended until 29 February 2016.

ESRS Short-term Research Fellowship (Two Fellowships per annum)

How to Apply

This Fellowship is for 3 months and has the following aims:

  1. The promotion of training applied to sleep research in Europe and supporting the exchange in Europe of scientists/investigators as well as clinicians actively involved in research in sleep medicine
  2. Contributing to the transfer and implementation of new research techniques or methodologies in sleep medicine throughout Europe
  3. Supporting career development and in particular supporting more junior candidates in the early stages of their career in sleep research
  4. The Fellowships are available to scientists, investigators, clinicians, allied health professionals, nurses to develop, acquire, apply and carry out basic, translational or clinical research projects and to develop, acquire and apply new skills, advanced research procedures and techniques in the area of sleep medicine
  5. The Fellowships are not granted for purely clinical and educational training. Therefore, it is mandatory that projects include a significant research component and lead to research activities and development of research after return of the candidate to the home institution.
  6. Fellowships are not granted for undergraduate studies, workshops, courses, lectures, meetings, conferences, congresses or for visiting institutions without a clear research project to be completed.


Conditions:

  • All candidates must be members of the ESRS at the time of application
  • Training will be pursued in an experienced laboratory belonging to the ESRS Network of Sleep Research Laboratories (see ESRS website for list of Sleep Research Laboratories);
  • Candidates should be employed in sleep research or sleep medicine training at the time of application.
  • There is no upper age limit for eligibility; however, preference will be given to candidates who are in the early stages of their career.
  • Funding is open to all nationalities and for European and non-European based candidates.
  • Candidates must have an agreement with the host institution where their Fellowship will be carried out at time of application.
  • Candidates must have adequate fluency in a language that permits effective communication at the host institution.
  • Candidates must return to their home institution to apply the newly acquired research skills, or to continue to develop their research on completion of their visit.
  • Candidates are responsible for identifying a research project at the host institution as well as a suitable supervisor.
  • The duration of the Fellowship may not be reduced or split.
  • The Fellowship is not intended to be used as supplementary or ‘top up’ funding for a research project already in place by either the Host or Home institutions.
  • The visit must commence after the funding decision date, allowing for sufficient time to complete travel, visa, and passport and housing formalities. The visit must be started within 1 year from notification of a successful grant application.
  • The Fellowship must be carried out on a full-time basis.
  • The grant sum awarded by the ESRS should cover travel and accommodation costs within Europe and provide money to live on during the 3-month research period. A maximum amount of 3,000 EUR will be awarded. The receiving laboratory and/or the candidate are expected to finance additional living expenses during the stay if it exceeds the size of the ESRS contribution. Agreements between the laboratory and the candidate must be specified in the application letter.
  • A maximum of two grants per year will be financed;

In order to apply, the following are required:

  • Deadline: 29 February 2016;
  • The application should be sent to the ESRS Secretary; Attention of: Maria Wiechmann (maria.wiechmann@esrs.eu);
  • The ESRS Research Networking Committee will rank the grant applications;
  • A list of Sleep Research Laboratories in Europe to host early career researchers is available on the ESRS website.
  • Supporting statement on the purpose of undertaking research at the host institution, outline of the novel research project to be undertaken and any skills that will be acquired and how this will enhance the applicant’s development and contribute to the host institution, whether it is in the clinical or experimental sleep medicine fields.
  • Candidate’s CV
  • Work plan description
  • Home supervisor's release form
  • Home supervisor’s training background and CV
  • Host supervisor's acceptance form
  • Host supervisor's training background and CV
  • Candidate's ID photo
  • Candidate's passport or ID
  • Candidate's highest degree
  • Breakdown of travel, accommodation and projected subsistence costs at host institution.
  • On completion of the visit, the candidate will be required to write a summary report of the visit with a description of research outcomes (~1000 words) to be forwarded to the ESRS executive committee.


Pierre-Hervé Luppi, Chair of the ESRS Research Networking Committee
Lino Nobili, ESRS Secretary

ESRS Two-week Training Grant (Five Grants per annum)

How to Apply

The ESRS two-week training grant enables members of the ESRS in the early stages of their careers in sleep research or sleep medicine to visit a host institution in a European country other than their own to learn a skill or procedure not available at their home institution. The training should benefit the home institution when the successful applicant returns there.

  • All candidates must be members of the ESRS at the time of application
  • Training will be pursued in an experienced laboratory belonging to the ESRS Network of Sleep Research Laboratories (see ESRS website for list of Sleep Research Laboratories);
  • Candidates should be employed in sleep research or sleep medicine training at the time of application.
  • There is no upper age limit for eligibility; however, preference will be given to candidates who are in the early stages of their career.
  • Funding is open to all nationalities and for European and non-European based candidates.
  • Candidates must have an agreement with the host institution where their grant will be carried out at time of application.
  • Candidates must have adequate fluency in a language that permits effective communication at the host institution.
  • Candidates must return to their home institution to apply the newly acquired skills on completion of their visit.
  • Candidates are responsible for identifying a skill or procedure at the host institution as well as a suitable supervisor. The skill or procedure needs to be transferrable to their home institution.
  • The duration of the grant may not be reduced or split.
  • The visit must commence after the funding decision date, allowing for sufficient time to complete travel, visa, and passport and housing formalities. The visit must be started within 1 year from notification of a successful grant application.
  • The training grant must be carried out on a full-time basis.
  • The grant sum awarded by the ESRS should cover travel and accommodation costs within Europe and provide enough money to live on during the two-week training period. A maximum amount of 1400 EUR will be awarded.
  • A maximum of five grants per year will be financed.

In order to apply, the following are required:

  • Deadline: 29 February 2016;
  • The application should be sent to the ESRS Secretary; Attention of: Maria Wiechmann (maria.wiechmann@esrs.eu);
  • The ESRS Research Networking Committee will rank the grant applications;
  • A list of Sleep Research Laboratories in Europe to host early career researchers is available on the ESRS website.
  • Supporting statement on the purpose of the visit, the transferable skill or procedure to be acquired and how this will enhance the applicant’s training and the host institution, whether it is in clinical sleep medicine or in a specific field of sleep research.
  • Candidate’s CV
  • Candidate's learning path
  • Work plan description
  • Home supervisor's release form
  • Home supervisor’s training background
  • Host supervisor's acceptance form
  • Host supervisor's training background
  • Candidate's ID photo
  • Candidate's passport or ID
  • Candidate's highest degree
  • Breakdown of travel, accommodation and projected subsistence costs at host institution.
  • On completion of the visit, the candidate will be required to write a short summary report of the visit (maximum 1000 words) which will be forwarded to the ESRS


Pierre-Hervé Luppi, Chair of the ESRS Research Networking Committee
Lino Nobili, ESRS Secretary