ESA Research Grants

Results of 2020 ESA Research Grant Applications

The ESA Research Committee received 127 Research Grant applications for the various categories: Project Grant, the Research Support Grant and the Young Investigator Start-Up Grant.

These applications underwent the review process, involving a triage round, a first round of scoring by two members of the Research Committee and, for the top-scored applications, a second round of evaluation by two members of the RC and external expert.

The Research Committee finally discussed the allocation of Grants in the different categories during a meeting held on 5 December 2019 in Brussels.

Following this process, the Research Committee has selected the following submissions as winners:


Projects Grants winners (60,000€)

1.    Lars I. Eriksson (Sweden), “Surgery and postoperative development of tau-pathology and dementia in humans - a transitional imaging and biochemical study to explore mechanisms behind surgery-induced hallmarks of Alzheimer's dementia”

2.    Wolfgang Buhre (Netherlands), “PREPARE Prevention of Persisting Pain after Breast cancer Treatment (PPBCT) by web based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (i-CBT)”

Research Support Grants winners (15,000€)

1.    Emma Hasselgren (Sweden), “IPLA trial -Intra-Peritoneal Local Anesthetics in Ovarian Cancer. A randomized double blind multicenter trial to assess time-inverval between cytoreductive surgery and adjuvant chemotherapy when local anesthetic is administered intraperitoneally, perioperatively”

2.    Martin Scharffenberg (Germany), “Intensity of energy during mechanical ventilation – A proof-of-concept pilot experimental study on the mechanisms of ventilator-induced lung injury”

Young Investigator Start-Up Grants (22,500€)

1.    Christina Massoth (Germany), “Implementation of the KDIGO guidelines for the prevention of AKI in patients after cardiac surgery – an international multicenter observational trial”

2.    Francesca Dalla Corte (Italy), “Physiological and clinicel effects if High Flow Nasal Cannula on diaphragmatic function after thoracic surgery: a randomized controlled trial”

Coordination Grant (5.000€)

1.     No Coordination Grant was awarded this year.

ESA Research Committee would like to thank all applicants for their interest and the work they have invested into this scientific competition. We also hope that those who were not successful this time will be motivated to contribute in the future. It also became obvious from our review work that many of the applications will also have high chances to be funded from alternative resources. In this regard we wish all applicants great success and ongoing enthusiasm for research.

The ESA Research Grants will be formally awarded to the winners during the Euroanaesthesia 2020 Congress in Barcelona, Spain.