“Science knows no country, because knowledge belongs to humanity.” – Louis Pasteur
Like many researchers, E-G-G winner Jonas Zaman, PhD, moved around a lot for his studies – first completing his Psychology degree in Brussels, a Masters in Neuroscience in Maastricht, an internship in Oxford, then a PhD in Leuven.
“If you want to build a career in science today, international experience and collaboration is essential,” says Jonas.
He took this approach in his E-G-G application too, contacting previous winners to seek their advice.
“The E-G-G is a unique opportunity for post-docs to connect with peers around the world, at the same stage of their career, working in the same field.”
Jonas’ winning project aims to better understand the relationship between fear and chronic pain. Specifically, it looks into how becoming afraid of bodily sensations affects a person’s ability to accurately perceive sensations, and how clinicians could potentially use a perceptual training task in combination with exposure therapy to not only reduce people’s fear but also at the same time improve their ability to accurately perceive sensations in order to reduce their pain levels.
The E-G-G funding allowed Jonas to kick-start his project, covering the costs of equipment and staffing of junior researchers.
Jonas’ tip for writing a successful grant? Simplify your language, understanding the broad expertise of the judging panel. They may not be experts in your particular field of research, so explain everything.
Jonas will at the E-G-G Award ceremony on the 4th of September 2019, 18:15-19:30 during the official EFIC opening in the EFIC Hall.
“It’s easy for researchers to be confined by their research questions,” says E-G-G winner Joukje Oosterman, PhD.
Joukje is a research psychologist with a specialty in the fields of ageing, pain and cognitive performance. However, in the development of the E-G-G application, Joukje reached out to colleagues in other fields to get their perspectives.
“I started off with an idea and by involving experts with different backgrounds, I developed a stronger, interdisciplinary proposal,” says Joukje
Her winning E-G-G project investigates the relationship between chronic pain and fatigue on cognitive performance. The two conditions are highly interrelated, where many people who experience pain will also experience fatigue, and vice versa
Joukje’s project aims to understand the underlying mechanisms that connect the two conditions, and what makes them distinct. She plans to do this through three methods: a study on how pain and fatigue independently influence cognitive functioning, an fMRI study and a clinical analysis into the efficacy of CBT methods for both conditions
The E-G-G funding allowed Joukje to hire a post-doc researcher to help her interpret the fMRI data and add another dimension to her research.
Joukje’s advice to potential applicants? “Think outside the box!”
Joukje will present her preliminary results at the E-G-G symposium, which will be held at the EFIC congress on the 5th of September 2019, 16:30-18:00 in Hall B.
In such a competitive research environment, gaining funding is incredibly difficult, especially for scientists in their early career.
The EFIC-Grunenthal Grant (E-G-G) Symposium at the EFIC Congress this September will showcase the successful projects from previous grant winners and give practical advice to possible future applicants.
Where: Auditorium 1A, EFIC Congress, Valencia
When: 5 September 2019, 16h30-18h
This year’s E-G-G Symposium will feature Co-Chair and Guest Speaker Jordi Casanova Molla, PhD.
It will also feature previous grant recipients from E-G-G 2016, who will present some of their findings:
What is the role of dopamine, or a lack of dopamine, in the development of chronic pain?
This was the question posed by Susanne Becker, PhD, one of the winners of the 2016 EFIC-Grünenthal Grant (E-G-G).
The subsequent experiment used a dopamine receptor antagonist in healthy patients and observed their effect on brain responses to heat pain using fMRI. The E-G-G gave her and her lab the funding needed to pursue this innovative research.
“The E-G-G is special,” says Becker, PhD. “The process is uncomplicated. They answered all of my questions, even the “stupid” ones.”
After winning the award, Becker, PhD found that the financial funding was only part of the prize. The E-G-G also gave her and her research more visibility.
“There’s a sense of prestige to it,” says Becker, PhD. “You really feel like you’re a rising star in the field.”
What is Becker, PhD’s advice for would-be applicants?
“Just try it!”
Susanne Becker, PhD is currently the Head of the Psychobiology of Pain Research Group at the Central Institute of Mental Health in Mannheim, Germany. You can read more about Becker’s research here.
The preliminary findings of the study are expected to be presented at the EFIC Congress in Valencia in September 2019 on the 5th of September 2019, 16:30-18:00 in Auditorium 1A.
You always remember your first.
When Roi Treister, PhD won the EFIC-Grunenthal Grant (EGG) in 2016, it was the first grant that he had been awarded.
“As a young researcher, your first grant funding is so important. It opens up your possibilities and is a springboard for getting more funding in the future,” says Treister, PhD.
“Winning a grant like the EGG not only gives you the funds to pursue your research, it gives you more credibility and visibility in the field.”
Treister, PhD is now an Associate Professor at University of Haifa’s Clinical Pain Innovation Lab. With a background in psychology and neurology, his research focusses on how people evaluate their experience of pain, and how this affects measurement and treatment.
The project that earned him the EGG, looked at whether training people to evaluate more accurately their pain influences the effectiveness of clinical trials by reducing the placebo response.
This is a relatively new and novel approach to pain research, and Treister, PhD thinks his application was successful for such a reason.
“Unlike some other grants, the EGG is aimed at young researchers. It is willing to take a risk on bold projects and new ideas.”
“My advice to potential applicants is to be brave. Put your ideas forward and see what happens.”
You can read more about Treister, PhD research on pain here.
The E-G-G symposium will be held at the EFIC congress on the 5th of September 2019, 16:30-18:00 in Auditorium 1A.
Meet the winners of the EFIC-Grünenthal Grant 2018:
Five creative ideas aimed at advancing research in pain have been selected to receive funding from the prestigious EFIC-Grünenthal Grant (E-G-G).
Please see the press release for more information.
The application deadline for the EFIC-GRÜNENTHAL Grant is over. We received numerous applications with very interesting projects.
Now the Working Group for Grants and Prizes of the EFIC Research Committee starts with the review. The winners of the EFIC-GRÜNENTHAL Grant 2018 will be announced in May 2019.
Good luck for all the applicants!
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.
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: www.e-g-g.info
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.
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.
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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Application hotline is open from 1 Jan 2016.
Deadline for applications: 31 December 2016.
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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.
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.