Funding initiative

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The funding initiative provides financial support for the attendance of those who wish to travel to present at ESCAIDE 2022 in person but are without sufficient funds to attend. 

ESCAIDE 2022 will be run as a hybrid event for the first time. While online attendance is more accessible, the most valuable experience for presenters is to attend in-person, to facilitate discussion of their work, as well as networking. With this in mind, ECDC is re-establishing the funding initiative to support in-person attendance for those who may not be able to afford to travel and attend ESCAIDE 2022.

For selected participants, ECDC will arrange and cover the costs of accommodation and travel from an EU/EEA Member State, along with conference registration and reimbursement of the per-diem for three days (23-25 November 2022), in accordance with ECDC Rules on reimbursements. The number of funded participants in 2022 will be defined at a later stage, based on budget availability and number of applicants.

Who can participate in the ESCAIDE 2022 funding initiative?

Selection criteria:

Applicants are eligible to apply for the Funding Initiative if they are:

  • An early-career public health researcher with a maximum of 5 years work experience or a current MSc or PhD student in an area relevant to Public Health/infectious disease prevention and control.
  • From an EU/EEA Member State (being either an EU/EEA national, or living in an EU/EEA Member State for at least 3 years with residency and working permit).

Exclusion criteria:

Applicants are not eligible if they:

  • Are staff members of EU institutions
  • Are current EPIET/EUPHEM fellows/ supervisors/ coordinators or EU-FETP fellows/ supervisors are not eligible
  • Have previously presented an abstract at ESCAIDE or benefited from the ESCAIDE Funding Initiative for 2017/2018/2019
  • Have other sources of funding to attend and present at ESCAIDE 2022
  • Are working on projects funded by ECDC

Conditions for participation and advantageous criteria:

The Funding Initiative Committee will take the following into account when awarding funding:

  • The applicant must meet the eligibility criteria and have an accepted abstract at ESCAIDE 2022 (oral or poster)PLEASE NOTE: applications will be made during the abstract submission/selection process, but only those with selected abstracts will be considered for funding.
  • The originality of the work presented in the abstract.
  • The motivation of the applicant to participate.
  • In general terms, the funding initiative is open to everyone that meets the selection criteria, but the Funding Initiative Committee gives preference to applicants from EU/EEA countries that usually submit fewer abstracts to ESCAIDE.
  • The applicant is available to attend all three conference days in-person (23-25 November 2022).

Application process:

  1. At the stage of abstract submission: a question in the abstract submission form invites you to register your interest in being considered for the Funding Initiative
  2. Request for further information and a motivation statement: After the close of the abstract call (18 May 2022), those who registered their interest will be contacted to complete an application form, which requests further details regarding eligibility for funding.
  3. Decisions on abstracts and funding: After the completion of the abstract selection process (13 June 2022), the Funding Initiative Committee will review applicants with selected abstracts and award funding based on the criteria.

Please note that successful applicants may be required to provide evidence of eligibility regarding country of origin or residency status (a copy of your passport, proof of residence or work permit, or other documentary evidence to demonstrate EU/EEA nationality, or residency in the EU/EEA for at least the previous 3 years from the date of application).

You are welcome to contact escaide.conference@ecdc.europa.eu with any questions.

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