The process of writing and developing grant applications is long and complex. This is particularly true for proposals that involve consortia, which need to be built and whose efforts need to be coordinated.

Support for the grant application process ranks highly in the majority of discussions/surveys with researchers of potential and beneficial activities ESE could/should be involved in.

The European Society of Endocrinology recognises the challenges faced by scientists in obtaining research funding from major European Research Grants and has developed the ESE-SEEDER-EU Grant to help our members by supporting them during the application-writing process.

The ESE-SEEDER-EU Grant has been developed to provide financial support for individuals and consortia during the grant writing process, as well as ‘in-kind’ support in developing grant proposals and establishing research consortia.

The purpose of the grant is to facilitate the participation of scientific groups with an endocrine background in European research and innovation.

ESE will provide grants to fund European researchers' preparatory activities in drawing up applications for selected European research programmes.

One grant per year of €7 500 will be made available to consortia following successful application.

Applications are now closed for 2021.

Considering the variable deadline of European funding calls, the applicants are expected to apply for call that opens within one year after putting in the ESE-SEEDER-EU.

The Grant will be made available for use in supporting administration, travel, meetings, salary or third-party assistance.

The Grant is not provided to cover costs of research activities or overhead costs


  • The Grant is available by application only
  • Applications are made through an online form available here
  • One applicant representing the consortia (usually the future coordinator) is responsible for the application
  • Applications which are incomplete or deemed not to have provided the required information will not be considered
  • Applications not received within the stated deadlines will not be considered

Please note: It is the institution and not the individual researcher that receives the grant. Overheads are not eligible.


The Grant is open to application from (all criteria essential):

  • ESE members
  • Employee(s) of universities/other public-sector research institutions
  • Proposed projects that benefit endocrine research
  • Participants possessing the requisite research capacity and capability for engaging in international alliances on high-level research
  • Projects which are not in conflict with the European Society of Endocrinology’s major goals

Which joint European research programmes are eligible?

Applications will be accepted for proposed grants to receive funding from major European funding bodies (for example; H2020 consortia proposals, Marie Curie International Training Networks, ERA-Net for Research Programmes on Rare Diseases, European Joint Programme on Rare Diseases). International funding bodies (such as NIH funding, Fondation LeDucq) can be eligible, as long as European research groups are significantly contributing to the consortia.

Individual grant proposals (such as ERC) are not considered eligible.

General application requirements

  • The applicant must meet the grant eligibility criteria
  • Applications must be written in English.
  • Payment of the Grant is conditional on submission of an application to the research programme to which the application concerns. If the European grant application is not submitted as stated, the recipient can be asked to return any funds provided by ESE during the Grant process.

Eligible expenses

Successful applicants are eligible to apply for funding to cover:

  • Relevant and necessary personal expenses
  • Payroll costs for the applicant organization’s staff
  • Relevant travel and per diem expenses for the applicant organization’s staff, and expenses on hosting meetings, seminars, etc.
  • External assistance (consulting services paid for against invoices)

The above costs must have been incurred previous to the research grant deadline AND must relate directly to preparation of the research grant application

The Grant may not be used to fund research activities or overhead costs


  • Additional funding will not be awarded if multiple partners apply for ESE-SEEDER-EU for preparation of the same research application
  • Funding applications cannot be accepted for expenses already funded by another public-sector fund.
  • A successful applicant will not be applicable for ESE-SEEDER-EU funding in the next year

Grant size

  • The maximum size of the grant is €7 500
  • The grant may be received in addition to other grants, provided that this does not conflict with either grant’s conditions
  • Financial support must be used for the stated purposes


  • The European Society of Endocrinology is responsible for establishing a Jury for the Grant
  • The Jury will consist of the ESE Science Committee Members, plus any additional expertise from within the Society as required.
  • Potential conflicts of interest of jury members will need to be declared and decided on
  • The Jury will be the Chaired by the current Chair of the ESE Science Committee
  • The decision of the Jury will be final

Jury process:

  • Applications will be collated and submitted for review by the Jury
  • Applications will be considered for eligibility and scientific credibility by the Jury
  • Applications will be ranked by the Jury, based on the expected scientific impact for the Endocrine community and the likelihood of a positive grant submission
  • Collated rankings will be used to determine successful applications
  • The applicant will be informed of the outcome no later than 30 November, following the application deadline

Applications will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • The applicant has described the concept for the research project in explicit and concrete terms (purpose and content)
  • The applicant gives a convincing account of how the project concept relates to the funding call (topic) for which the funding application is being made
  • The applicant accounts for how the combination of the project concept and the outlined consortium matches the targeted call
  • Projects must address research relating to endocrinology or positively impacting the endocrine community

The evaluation criteria form the basis for ESE’s evaluation of applications and its grant-award decision.

As this is a competitive call for funding applications, fulfilment of the criteria is no guarantee that funding will be awarded.