Early Career Investigator Research Grant
The aim of the annual ESE Early Career Investigator Research Grant is to support early career investigators in the early phase of their research career in Endodontology.
A early career investigator in the context of this award is defined as an individual who is ‘professionally’ early career in academic terms rather than in chronological age, e.g. pre-doctoral students at all levels (MSc, PhD students and equivalent), and up to 3 years following the award of a PhD (or equivalent). Undergraduate students are excluded.
A maximum of 10,000 € will be awarded annually. The call for ESE early career Investigator Research Grants will be open all year; applications will be evaluated as they are submitted. The award will be budget-based, requiring a definitive itemized budget, with a maximum of 5,000 € per project. If the sum is not sufficient to complete the project, the application will need to show how the deficit will be covered. The research environment (University, laboratory, clinic) should provide the basic equipment (computers, motors, bond strength testing machines, etc.): these will not be funded. However, consumables (instruments, reagents, etc.) and specific services (electron or confocal microscopy, micro-CTs, statistical analysis etc.) can be covered. Travel costs will be covered only for the short-term visits to another laboratory; congress fees or travel costs to conferences are excluded. The ESE will not pay institutional overheads, and may split the grant between several applicants, according to merit. Payment will be made to institutions, and not to individuals.
- 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 applicant is eligible for maximum of two grants for two separate projects;
- The applicant must submit the following information:
- a protocol of the proposed research project, which should describe the background to the topic, the aim and the methodology in detail supported by references to previous research in the field;
- details of the proposed costing of the project;
- a brief curriculum vitae with high resolution photograph (head and neck only);
- a letter of support from the Head or nominated deputy of the Dental School/Institution to confirm that the applicant is to undertake the study at the school;
- a letter from the supervisor describing the status of the student, the phase of the study, with the estimated time of graduation, if relevant. In case of a recent PhD student, the applicant needs to provide proof of their award date, which should be no later than 3 years at the time of application.
- On completion of the project a final report must be submitted to the Administrator of the European Society of Endodontology. The applicants will also be expected to submit a manuscript of the completed work to the International Endodontic Journal, which will have first choice on considering the paper for publication. The paper should meet the requirements as stated in the ‘Authors Guidelines’.
All proposals will be evaluated by members of the Research Committee, using the ESE Annual Research Grant Evaluation Form. The questions considered in the evaluation are as follows:
- Is the application well-structured, is the form and language clear and concise?
- Is the previous research (background) in the field described?
- Is the research question/hypothesis supported and clearly presented?
- Can the question/hypothesis be answered with the study design?
- Is the study design in regards to sample sizes, numbers of experiments, text and control groups suitable?
- Have the materials and methods been described in sufficient details?
- How applicable and suitable is the statistical method, and does it fit with the expected data set?
- Is the applicant sufficiently competent to complete the work proposed?
- Is the research environment suitable, is the support for the applicant sufficient?
- How clear is the applicant's role on the project?
- Is the proposed budget realistic and justified?
- Is the topic relevant, important and novel?
Only those receiving a mean score of at least 3.5/5 points (70% of the maximum) are deemed fundable. The decision of the adjudicating panel will be final and all participants will be notified of the decision within two months of the application being received by the ESE.