escrs clinical research

The Application

How to Apply

The competition is now open.  Up until 5pm (GMT) on Friday 31 May 2019 you can enter an Expression-of-Interest for the ESCRS Pioneer Awards.

Please use the downloadable template for submission of your Expression-of-Interest and send it by email to Dr. GearĂ³id Tuohy at

The Expression-of-Interest must include the following sections:

  1. (i) Introduction
  2. (ii) Statement of research hypothesis
  3. (iii) Outline of research proposal
  4. (iv) Summary of clinical and economic impact, and;
  5. (v) Summary of required budget and duration of study (max 24 months)

Expressions-of-Interest exceeding 500 words will be ineligible for evaluation.

You must agree to the following terms and conditions (included in the template):

Terms and Conditions

  1. (a) I/We hold a full-time or affiliated post with an established EU-based clinical or research institute.
  2. (b) I/We have demonstrable prior experience in the conduct of clinical research in the field of ophthalmology.
  3. (c) I/We am/are familiar and experienced with the administrative, insurance and regulatory requirements for the conduct of EU-based clinical research studies.
  4. (d) As Principal Applicant, I confirm that I am the author of the application and I have been a member of the ESCRS for at least three (3) years and my ESCRS membership number will be included on my Expression-of-Interest submission.
  5. (e) Expressions-of-Interest will be evaluated by the ESCRS Research Committee who will generate a short-list of applicants to be invited to make a full comprehensive research proposal to the Society. All decisions on Expressions-of-Interest and short-listed proposals made by the ESCRS shall be final and no correspondence will be entered into in relation to decisions made.

If any of the required information is omitted, an entry will not be evaluated.

Any queries prior to submission of an Expression-of-Interest application should be directed to Dr. GearĂ³id Tuohy at

Who Can Apply

The competition is open to young ophthalmologists up to the age of 40 from Europe (*WHO definition of region groupings) who have been a member of the ESCRS for at least three (3) years. Applicants must hold a full time clinical/research post at an EU-based clinical or academic centre.

ESCRS looks forward to receiving your entries for which the ultimate beneficiary of your efforts will be the ophthalmic patient and the clinical ophthalmology community.

*Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, United Kingdom & Uzbekistan.

What Are We Looking For

The ESCRS Pioneer Award is as much to do with the capability to execute a solid research project creating potential clinical impact as it is to do with good clinical science. Any compelling scientific or medical rationale will need to be matched by an equally compelling infrastructure and research expertise that has been demonstrated to deliver on similar initiatives in the past. The combination of clinical science and clinical research expertise is the key to convincing the ESCRS Research Committee of a credible and attractive clinical research programme.