EACTA has established an educational fellowship and/or a Research Grant funded to the level of 25000 Euros/year.
Research grant and clinical fellowship are open to application each year.
The EACTA Scientific Committee will evaluate applications provided they arrive to the Scientific Secretary (email@example.com) no later than October 31st.
EACTA Scientific Committee will score and rank applications (see below).
The final decision comes under the EACTA directory board on January according to the Scientific Committee advice and possible splitting of the annual grant.
- October 31st, the year before the annual grant : dead line for application
- End of January: Directory board final decision
The Clinical Fellowship Grant is intended to support junior colleagues who are from a European country and have a limited income, to spend a six-month fellowship in a different European country. Limited income is defined as a gross salary less that €2000 per month.
- Applicants must be members of EACTA and should be specialists in cardiothoracic anaesthesia or committed to a career in the speciality. Priority will be given to candidates aged 35 years or younger.
- The fellowship must be spent in a European country but outside the country of origin of the applicant.
- The sum of €7,500 is given by EACTA for a fellowship of six-months.
- The sum granted by EACTA must at least, be matched by the hosting department. The dual financial support must cover the applicant’s cost of living for the full period of the fellowship.
- Applicantions must be made using the Clinical Fellowship Application Form. The Application Form can be downloaded from the EACTA Website.
- Applicants must supply a supporting statement of no more than one sheet of A4 with size 12 font indicating what they hope to achieve in their fellowship, and how it would benefit them and their institution.
- Applications must be supported by letters from the heads of their home department and the hosting department.
- The head of the hosting department must confirm that the fellow will be supported financially by the hosting department or hospital by a sum that at least matches the EACTA fellowship grant. Supporting material must be submitted, which must include details of compliance with any language tests, registration/insurance and other regulations that may be required for the applicant to work in the host country.
- The award of a Certificate of Fellowship will be presented on completion of the fellowship, which will include presentation of an oral report to the general assembly of EACTA.
- Applications need to be sent the EACTA Scientific Secretary (firstname.lastname@example.org). Deadline for applications is October 31st.
The Research Grant can be split in up to three minor grants.
The Research Grants will be awarded by the EACTA after evaluation of the applications by the EACTA Scientific Committee.
The research plan (see Research plan page) is aimed as a model for the research plan that the grant applicant should send together with the application to Scientific Secretary. Please include those items that are applicable in your study plan. If you already have another written plan that includes about the same items, you can send that plan instead.
- Applicants should be members of EACTA
- Applicants must use the Research Grant Form, which can be downloaded from the Website or can be obtained from the EACTA Scientific Secretary (see deadline and address).
- Each application must take the form of a formal research protocol, identifying the background to the project, the study hypothesis, and proposed methodology. Details of statistical method and power analysis for clinical studies must be included. Expected duration of the study, justified appropriately, should be included.
- Applicants should state whether the grant is for part or whole funding. Where part funding is sought, a successful application may be conditional on applicants providing documented evidence of successfully gaining the remainder.
- Applicants should provide evidence of seeking other alternative sources of funding. It should be noted that applicants would normally be expected to seek other sources, particularly in countries where these are widely available.
- Support from the applicants home Institution (e.g. letters of support from departmental heads, colleagues, hospital administrators) would be welcomed.
- Preference will be given to young researchers, either intending specialists or within the first years of appointment as a cardiothoracic specialist.
- Applicants must undertake to present their research findings to the EACTA at a free paper or other scientific session.
- Applications must be at EACTA Scientific Secretary (see deadline and address) before the announced deadline.
Scoring system in evaluation of EACTA educational fellowship and/or a Research Grant applications
The applications are evaluated in terms of following sub-criteria, yielding a maximum 5 points each. Thus, the maximum total score is 20.
Outstanding Research Prize
- Educational/Scientific value (1-15), sum of the following:
- Originality (1-5)
- Scientific significance / Clinical significance (1-5)
- Appropriate study/educational design and methods to acquire the aimed result(1-5)
- Adequate material and human resources (1-5):
- Realistic financing plan (this is also a prerequisite)
- Laboratory and/or other methodological facilities
- Adequate time for the applicant allocated for clinical fellowship or research and/or needed auxiliary assisting/co-working personnel
EACTA has established an Outstanding Research Prize. The prize is 3.000 Euros. The Outstanding Research Prize Research Grants will be awarded by EACTA after evaluation by EACTA Scientific Committee. The Scientific Committee would be free to co-opt other expert opinions as appropriate, but the Scientific Committee will make the final decision
The prize will be awarded once every three years for a research presentation made at an EACTA meeting judged to be the most outstanding study during that time period.
- The prize-winner must be an EACTA member at the time of the award.
- It would be probable (but not conditional) that the prize-winner would be drawn from the yearly prize-winners of the preceding meetings.
- It would be expected that the winning research would have made a fundamental contribution to the subspecialty, for example either by altering clinical practice, identifying a basic science mechanism or developing an important research method.
- The prize-winner may be invited to re-present the research either in its original format, or at greater length, or present recent developments resulting from their original research. Presentation of the prize is conditional on acceptance of one of these alternatives.
- On completion of the prize-winning presentation, a Certificate of Merit and money order will be presented.