Systematic Review Grant

Under management of the Committee for Research

+ AIMS (click to open/close)

The intention of this award scheme is to make grants to ESPID members to support their work in undertaking a systematic review. Ideally, this is to enable them to apply for further external funding for related research. Two Awards of up to 6000 EUR will be made.

It is envisaged that the grants will provide for administrative time or other technical or IT support but other uses can be justified within the application.

Completed applications must be received by the deadline stated. You application and any support documents should be in English.

+ ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA (click to open/close)

Previous recipients of other ESPID awards, are not excluded. 

  • Applicants must be "good standing" members of ESPID at the time of the deadline(click here to download the ESPID "good standing" member criteria). Applicants must have paid their current subscription before applying for this award.
  • On the day of the application deadline, you must be within maximum 16 years of your Medical qualification, or, if you are not medically qualified, your PhD or the highest degree you hold. A scanned copy of relevant degree certificate showing the date it was awarded must be submitted with the application. Time tolerance is given for those individuals who have taken a career break for maternity, adoption or any other personal reasons. In such case, the 16 years limit will be extended by the total length of time taken out of work. A written confirmation, signed by the department head, will be requested. Applications will be considered on an individual basis where a supporting letter explaining special circumstances is received and special leave will still be taken into consideration and discussed with the ESPID Board.
  • Applications must conform to formatting requirements as detailed below.
  • Applicants must submit their CV when applying
  • The grant will support work to be completed in the same year as the year of application only and should not be applied for work in the following year.
  • ESPID will only support one award relating to any one project. If you feel you have a project which more than one award would cover you should select and apply to only one ESPID award. If you have other awards/grants which are pending or have been recently funded, you must indicate this in your application and clearly state what support has been requested/agreed and when a decision is expected.


Applications will first be assessed for eligibility and completeness by the ESPID Secretariat. Applications not fulfilling all of these criteria will not be put forward for judging. 


All eligible applications will be judged against the following criteria by the ESPID Committee for Research (weighting as shown):

Directly relevant to paediatric infectious diseases?*


Are the necessary additional resources, funds and equipment clearly offered and available? (Including the salary and personal support for the candidate)*


Does the applicant have a clear and primary role in undertaking the research?*


*If No, to any of the above then not eligible for the award




Evidence of excellence during previous undergraduate and postgraduate activities – high grades, prizes, presentations, publications etc. This should be assessed relative to career stage and accounting for e.g., parental leave, clinical vs research post etc.


Is the rationale and background to the research clearly presented and the need for the research well-articulated?


Is there a clearly formulated hypothesis or objective?

(For re-applications, consider if the project achieved the aims of the original proposal and results are clearly presented)


Is there a realistic prospect of achieving the objective or generating data to support further funding applications?


Is there a clearly structured and scientifically justified plan of investigation which identifies the methodologies to be used?


Is the proposal original / novel?

(For re-applications, consider if this forms a logical continuum with the initial application)


Is the proposal well-presented and clearly written?


Is the budget appropriate for the proposed project?

(For re-applications, consider if money was spent appropriately according to the estimated budget or justification for deviations provided)






The initial award will be for a maximum of 6,000 EUR. Payments will only be made to host institutions or hospitals and not to individuals. ESPID takes no responsibilities for the further administration or use of the funds beyond the point of disbursement but requires a final report to be provided as detailed below. 


+ APPLICATION PROCESS (click to open/close)


The initial award will be for a maximum of 6000 EUR. Payments will only be made to host institutions or hospitals and not to individuals. ESPID takes no responsibilities for the further administration or use of the funds beyond the point of disbursement but requires progress report and final reports to be provided as detailed below. 

Note: Applicants should ensure all the information requested is included in order for your application to be considered.

 + FINAL REPORT (click to open/close)

Applicants are required to submit a final report on completion of the review.  The final report should detail whether the objectives were met followed by a short summary. All documents should be in English.


+ ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS (click to open/close)

The recipient of the grant award must acknowledge ESPID in any publications that result from the research enabled by the award.

Acknowledgements should be worded as follows: that “the work was supported by an ESPID Grant Award”.

Applications Open 01 May 2024 Log in to apply
Applications Close 31 August 2024