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Research Grants

EACTA has established a Research Grants funded to a maximum of €30,000. The Research Grant can be split in up to three minor grants to a value €10,000 each.

The Research Grants will be awarded by the EACTA after evaluation of the applications by the EACTA Scientific Committee.
EACTA Scientific Committee will score and rank applications (see below).
The final decision comes under the EACTA Board of Directors on February according to the Scientific Committee advice and possible splitting of the annual grant.

The application form including the required attachments should be submitted to the . Please include those items that are applicable in your study plan. If you already have another written plan that includes about the same items, you can send that plan instead.


  1. Applicants must be members of EACTA and aged of 40 years or younger and are either intending specialist or within the first years of appointment as a cardiothoracic specialist.
  2. Applications must be made using the terms of the guidelines or can be obtained from the EACTA Scientific Secretary
  3. Applications must come from an anaesthesiology/critical care department, concerning any aspect of cardio-thoracic / vascular anaesthesia or intensive care
  4. Each application must take the form of a formal research protocol, identifying the background to the project, the study hypothesis, and proposed methodology. Details of statistical method and power analysis for clinical studies must be included. Expected duration of the study, justified appropriately, should be included.
  5. Applicants should state whether the grant is for partial or whole funding. If partial funding is sought, a successful application may be conditional on applicants providing documented evidence of successfully gaining the remainder.
  6. Applicants should provide evidence of seeking other alternative sources of funding. It should be noted that applicants would normally be expected to seek other sources, particularly in countries where these are widely available.
  7. Support from the applicants home Institution (e.g. letters of support from departmental heads, colleagues, hospital administrators) has to be documented.
  8. Preference will be given to young researchers, either intending specialists or within the first years of appointment as a cardiothoracic specialist.
  9. Applicants must be willing to present their research findings to the EACTA at a free paper or other scientific session.
  10. Applications must be submitted to the EACTA Scientific Secretariat (see deadline and address) respecting the announced deadline.

Scoring system

Scoring system in evaluation of EACTA a Research Grant applications

The applications are evaluated in terms of following sub-criteria, yielding a maximum 5 points each. Thus, the maximum total score is 20.

  • Educational/Scientific value (1-15), sum of the following:
    • Originality (1-5)
    • Scientific significance / Clinical significance (1-5)
    • Appropriate study/educational design and methods to acquire the aimed result(1-5)
  • Adequate material and human resources (1-5):
    • Realistic financing plan (this is also a prerequisite)
    • Laboratory and/or other methodological facilities
    • Adequate time for the applicant allocated for clinical fellowship or research and/or needed auxiliary assisting/co-working personnel


Application deadline for 2021: June 20, 2021

Winners will be announced during the EACTA-ICCVA Joint Congress, Rome (Italy), December 1-3, 2021.

David Lagier, France – Determinants and biomarkers of early lung injury in-duced by mild endotoxemia during one-lung ventilation: an integrated proteogenomics analysis guided by lung PET/CT
Emre Bingul, Turkey – Preoperative inspiratory muscle training coupled to aerobic exercises to prevent postoperative pulmonary complications in patients undergoing thoracic surgery (INSPIRE study): a multicentre randomized controlled trial


Mauerman Eckhard, Switzerland – Assessment of Diastolic Function Using Intraoperative Transesophageal Echocardiography: Comparison of Mitral Annular Plane Velocity and Systolic Excursion Measured by Tissue Doppler Imaging vs. Speckle-Tracking
Lukas Dehe, Germany – Impact of the cardiac opioid system on cardiac function during volume overload induced heart failure
Joanne Frances, UK – Effect of spontaneous ventilation versus positive pressure ventilation in patients undergoing diagnostic thoracoscopic biopsy for Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD under General Anaesthesia (GA)

Dominik Guensch, Switzerland – The study of heart injury observable after clinical cardio version (SHOCC)
Friederike Behmenburg, Germany – Age-dependent changes in releasing the humoral factor after RIPC

Massimiliano Greco, Italy – A randomized controlled study on the effect of early extubation and non invasive ventilation in patients undergoing thoracoabdominal aneurysmectomy
Steffen Rex, Belgium – Xenon as an adjuvant to propofol anesthesia in patients undergoing off-pump coronary artery bypass graft surgery: a randomized controlled clinical trial (EudraCT 2013-000485-11)
Maurice Hogan, UK – The efficacy of prophylactic nasal high flow oxygen compared with soft face mask oxygen therapy in improving early postoperative recovery in patients after lung resection surgery

David Smith, UK – The effect of cardiac surgery with cardiopulmonary bypass on the formation of microparticles
Marianne de Schmidt, Germany – Impact of Connexin43 induced cardioprotection via mKCa channel – therapeutic option in senescent hearts?
Benjamin Shelley, UK – The Pulmonary Vascular / Right Ventricular Response to Lung Resection

Sibtain Anwar, UK – Pain outcomes after cardiac anaesthesia and surgery
Maria Fedosova, Denmark – Investigation of the cardio protective effects of transcutaneous muscle stimulation in clinical cases requiring coronary bypass
Matthew Hung, UK – A prospective observational study to investigate the aetiology of preoperative anaemia in patients undergoing elective cardiac surgery

Christa Boer, The Netherlands – Preservation of postoperative microcirculatory perfusion after pulsative cardiopulmonary bypass: the role of a prothrombogenic profile
Sisse A. Thomassen, Denmark – The correlation between systemic oxygenation and regional oxygenation in brain and muscle tissue measured with near-infrared spectroscopy during cardiopulmonary bypass