Early Career Educator Grant
The European Society of Endodontology (ESE) is offering an annual early career Educator Grant to support the development of individuals in the early phase of their educational career by funding a research or innovation project in the field of Endodontology.
Within this context, a early career educator is an individual who is early career in professional academic rather than chronological terms, and up to 5 years following appointment to an educational position in Endodontology. The grant is also open to postgraduate students engaged in PhD or 3-year speciality training programmes. Undergraduate students are excluded.
A total budget of 10,000 € will be available annually, with a maximum of 5,000 € for any single project.
The call for applications will be open all year, with submissions judged and Grants awarded on merit at any time of the year.
- The applicant must be associated with a dental school or research institute in a country that is a Full or Associate Member of the European Society of Endodontology;
- The application must include:
- a protocol of the proposed research/innovation project, which should describe the background to the topic and details of the methodology with reference to previous research and/or scholarship in the field.
- detailed costings of the proposed work, the sources from which funds have already been obtained, and the sources to which funding applications have already been made. Details should be given of services, equipment or consumables for which the ESE Annual Early Career Educator Grant is being sought. If the sum is not sufficient to complete the project, the applicant must show how the shortfall will be met. It is expected that the educational environment (clinic, University, laboratory) will provide basic resources such as space, basic IT facilities and staff salaries. The ESE is unable to pay institutional overheads. However, consumables and special services may be covered. Travel costs will be covered only for essential short-term visits to centres of excellence. Congress fees or travel costs to conferences will not be considered. Payments will be made to institutions, not individuals.
- the protocol and costings detailed above should be no more than 15 A4 pages in length, double-spaced and with a font size on not less than 12.
- a brief curriculum vitae with high resolution photograph (head and neck only).
- a letter from the host Dental School/Institute, describing the status of the applicant and attesting to their recent (less than 5 years) appointment to an educational position in Endodontology.
- on completion of the project, a final report must be submitted by email to the ESE Administrator (email@example.com ).
- the applicant will also be expected to submit a manuscript describing the work to the International Endodontic Journal, which will have the first option in considering the work for publication. The manuscript should be prepared in accordance with IEJ Guidelines for Authors.
In order to safeguard objectivity and consistency throughout the year, proposals will be evaluated by not less than 2 members of the ESE Education & Scholarship Committee, using an ESE Annual Educator Grant Evaluation Form, which includes the following questions:
- How well does the application appraise previous research or practice in the field?
- Is the purpose of the work clearly presented and justified?
- Are the methods appropriate to address the research question or develop and evaluate the innovation?
- Is the scale of the work sufficient to provide robust answers?
- Have the materials and methods been described in sufficient detail?
- Are the determinants of outcome relevant and appropriate?
- Are the methods of analysis appropriate to the data?
- Is the applicant well placed to complete the proposed work?
- What supervisory or collaborative support is available to facilitate this work?
- What is the role of the applicant in the overall project?
- Is the proposed budget realistic?
- Has the time table been described?
- How important is ESE grant funding to the success of the project?
- Is the topic relevant and important, and do its outcomes fall broadly within the scope of the ESE’s mission?
Only those submissions receiving a mean score of 3.5/5 points (70% of the maximum) will be deemed fundable. The decision of the adjudicating panel will be final and applicants will usually be notified of the decision within two months of submission of the application to the ESE Administrator.