escrs clinical research

The Application

How to Apply

The competition is now open.  Up until 13.00 (CET) on Friday 02 July 2021 you can submit an Expression-of-Interest for the ESCRS Pioneer Research Award.

Please use the online form for submission of your Expression-of-Interest

Your submission must not exceed 550 words and must include the following sections here (excluding the word count headings and/or excluding academic references):

  1. 1. Title [25 words]
  2. 2. Introduction [130 words]
  3. 3. Formal statement of research & statistical hypothesis [80 words]
  4. 4. Outline of research proposal [120 words]
  5. 5. Summary of clinical and economic impact of the research [85 words]
  6. 6. Summary of regulatory research [40 words]
  7. 7. Summary of required budget and duration of study [70 words]

You must agree to the following terms and conditions:

Terms & Conditions

Any queries prior to submission of an Expression-of-Interest application should be directed to

Who Can Apply

The competition is open to ophthalmologists (up to the age of 40) with a current ESCRS membership and who have been a member for at least the last three consecutive 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

Applicants to the ESCRS Pioneer Research Awards are aimed to submit a clear Expression-of-Interest with a high-quality scientific and clinical research project. Any compelling scientific or medical rationale will need to be matched with an equally compelling infrastructure and research support from their institute capable to deliver energetic initiatives in the relevant field of cataract and refractive surgery and medicine. The combination of clinical science and clinical research is a key to convincing the ESCRS Research Committee of a credible and attractive Pioneer Research Award.