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Dec 2018

Last Call for Applications

Important information for postdoctoral researchers in pain research:

The EFIC-GRÜNENTHAL Grant supports young scientists in their early career. Since 2004,the European Pain Federation EFIC®, in partnership with Grünenthal, has supported many research projects in the field of pain: 60 young scientists from 13 countries received up € 1.4 million in grants for their research projects.

The Research Grants are intended for clinical and human experimental pain research including innovative educational initiatives aimed at improving diagnosis and treatment of pain. Research proposals on animals, computer simulations, cell lines etc. will not be considered.


  • Do you have a good idea which could relieve patients from pain?
  • Do you want to start a research project, but you lack funds?
  • You're not older than 40 years and you're a citizen of a member country of the European Pain Federation EFIC®?
  • You're working at a recognized hospital, university or any institution that provides the infrastructure and the support required to carry out the proposed research?
  • You have obtained a PhD, M.D. or equivalent postgraduate degree?

Don’t wait any longer, apply for the E-G-G. Such opportunity is only available every other year so, do not hesitate, go online and apply at:

Applications will be accepted until December 31, 2018. The winners will be selected by a working group of the Research Committee and announced in May 2019. The awards ceremony will take place at the 11th Congress of the European Pain Federation EFIC® in Valencia, Spain from September 4-7, 2019.

Last Call for Applications

18 Jun 2018

Fresh Ideas in Pain Research

Creative approaches to research by young scientists provide opportunity for new and challenging thinking to benefit patients who suffer from pain.
To move such approaches from a conceptual framework to a research project, the EFIC-Grünenthal Grant provides support for innovations in clinical research.

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7 Sep 2017

Aging demographics require novel ideas in pain research

Recipients of an EFIC-GRÜNENTHAL Grant (E-G-G) provided insights into the results of their award-winning projects during the “New Findings in Clinical Pain Research” symposium at the 10th Congress of the European Pain Federation EFIC®

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23 May 2017

Cutting edge science in pain treatment in order to improve patients‘ lives

EFIC-GRÜNENTHAL Grant 2016 supports six young scientists in their advanced pain research projects

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4 May 2017

Nomination of winners!

The Scientific Research Committee of the European Pain Federation EFIC® reviewed a vast number of applications submitted in the competition of the E-G-G 2016 program and judged six (6) project proposals to be the best for funding.

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1 Jan 2017

The deadline for applications for an EFIC-Grünenthal Grant 2016 was reached 31st December 2016.
Many high-quality applications have been submitted.

Nomination of winners is expected in May 2017, names and projects will be announced here at the website.
The winners will be presented and awarded on the occasion of the 10th Congress of the
European Pain Federation EFIC® taking place in Copenhagen, Denmark from 6 - 9 Sep 2017.

23 June 2016

Press release: EFIC-GRÜNENTHAL GRANT 2016

  • Creating further awareness for pain and its treatment
  • Support young scientists to bring out best pain relief for patients

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01 Jan 2016


Application hotline is open from 1 Jan 2016.
Deadline for applications: 31 December 2016.

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3 Sept 2015

Press release: Results of pain research projects raise aspiration for advanced pain treatment

  • Novel ideas for potential improvement of pain management
  • High need for translation of findings into practice for improved patients’ quality of life  

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11 June 2015

Press release: 2014 EFIC-Grünenthal Grant winners

The continuing Success Story on Research in improving pain patients‘ lives
EFIC-Grünenthal Grant honours 7 young scientists for their groundbreaking pain research ideas.

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May 12th, 2015

Nomination of the winners

The Scientific Research Committee of the European Pain Federation EFIC® selected the winners of the EFIC-Grünenthal Grant 2014 from a vast number of 100 applications.

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23 September 2014

EFIC-Grünenthal Grant: Supporting up-and-coming researchers in the field of pain

Young scientists from any European member country of the European Pain Federation EFIC® are invited to apply for the EFIC-Grünenthal Grant (E-G-G) 2014. This grant is one of the most prestigious and highly regarded pain research grants worldwide.

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January 1st, 2014

Application hotline for an EFIC-Grünenthal Grant 2014 is open.

Deadline for applications: 31 December 2014.
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October, 10th 2013

Supporting young scientists is the key in the battle against pain

Florence, October 10th 2013. As the field of pain has evolved significantly in Europe over the years, pain research is more relevant than ever: Every fifth adult citizen in Europe suffers from persistent or chronic pain, so pain has become a major health problem in Europe. In line with the thought that pain research is getting more and more important, the EFIC-Grünenthal Grant (E-G-G) gave young scientists support and a platform in the course of the 8th EFIC® Congress in Florence, Italy.
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October 9-12, 2013


Pain in Europe VIII
8th Congress of the European Pain Federation EFIC® 
Florence, Italy
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May 22nd, 2013

Supporting young scientists on the subject of pain research

EFIC-Grünenthal-Grant awards seven innovative research projects
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May 22nd, 2013

The EFIC® Committee on Scientific Research selected the winners of the EFIC-Grünenthal Grant 2012 from a total of 80 applications

Most of the applications were of very high standard and the Committee decided to support 7 research projects.
The presentation of Award Winners will be arranged on the occasion of the Opening Ceremony of the EFIC® Congress ‘PAIN IN EUROPE VIII’, taking place in Florence, Italy from 9 – 12 October 2013
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December 3rd, 2012

EFIC-Grünenthal Grant: Improve the understanding of pain and its therapy

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September 22nd, 2012

Pain in Europe VII - 7th Congress of the European Federation of IASP® Chapters (EFIC®)

Research projects create confidence for positive changes and solutions in the subject of pain
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March 29th, 2012

EFIC-Grünenthal Grant supports young scientists

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