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ESPID/INOPSU Infection Surveillance Research Grant

Under management of the Research Networking Committee

+ Rationale (click to open/close)

A number of countries have established paediatric surveillance units (see http://www.inopsu.com/) and have undertaken surveillance of rare paediatric infections. Undertaking surveillance across 2 or more countries, using standardised methods, would provide added study power and may yield results that can be extrapolated more widely. Such results can then lead to new intervention or prevention research or strategies.

This is a new research grant that supports infection surveillance across 2 or more European countries and aims to facilitate infection surveillance research in Europe by ESPID researchers. The grant would support the administrative costs of the relevant surveillance units (which vary and can be provided by the INOPSU coordinator) and a small amount of essential consumables to a maximum of 20,000 Euros. 

+ Process and Final Report (click to open/close)

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 1st March each year


There will be one grant round per year with a deadline of March 1st.

In their application the applicant must identify key co-investigators in the relevant countries and must have received provisional approval from the INOPSU coordinator. They will be expected to present their results at the ESPID annual general meeting and the INOPSU annual meeting and to publish them in a peer-reviewed journal. Please clearly state who i smaking the application.

Applicants are required to submit a satisfactory final report and budget to the ESPID Secretariat at admin@espid.org 1 year later. The report should include a breakdown of costs detailing any remaining resources with an explanation detailing a proposal of how remaining monies would be spent. The report should be in English.  Any applicant that does not do so will be disqualified from further ESPID awards of all kind until these are received and have been approved. The final report will be approved by the Committee.


+ Eligibility criteria (click to open/close)

  • Applicant must be a paid up ESPID member at the time of application and in "good standing" (see the ESPID "good standing" member criteria).
  • Applications of high scientific quality from members who have not previously received substantial research funding will be judged favourably.
  • Applications from AREAS of Europe where there is currently little or no such work going on.
  • Research must be obviously and directly relevant to paediatric infectious diseases

+ Research Proposal (click to open/close)

The research proposal must be submitted in single-spaced 12-font typescript throughout, on one side only of A4 paper with a margin of at least 2 cm on the left. The proposal, not including references, must not exceed 3 one sided pages of A4 paper. Applications which do not conform to these rules will be returned.

The proposal should have the following headings:

Applicants Name:


Abstract (up to 150 words)

Background / Introduction (fully referenced)

Research question to be addressed

Plan of investigation (this should include a timetable, details of methodologies to be used and where, exactly, each part of the research work will be done.

Breakdown of the funding requested



+ Criteria for assessment (click to open/close)

Is the introduction fully researched and clearly presented?                                    5 
Is there a clearly formulated objective which can be reached in 1 year max  5 
Is there a clearly structured plan which identifies the methodologies to be used  10 
Is the proposal original, or will it address questions which have been or are being addressed by others?  5 
Is the protocol well presented and clearly written?  5 
Will the proposal lead to improved infection surveillance infrastructure and activity in an area of Europe where there is currently little or no such work going on?