Types of grant application for EUROSPINE Task Force Research (TFR)
Development Grant up to € 10,000
This grant aims to help taking a good idea to a feasible grant application. The funds are intended to help develop a pilot study.
Some examples are: methodological advice (epidemiologist, biostatistician), discussion with collaborators, formal literature review, translate outcome measures, test the feasibility of trial material.
The application must link to the intended pilot study, indicate a timeline, and give a detailed budget.
Pilot Study Grant up to € 30,000 for one year
This grant is for a formal pilot study prior to a full funding application.
The study design may be longitudinal cohort, clinical trial, or laboratory experiment.
The pilot study should include a model for the research suggested, and demonstrate the importance of the topic.
The application should justify the methodology used (outcome instruments, statistical analysis, limitations and bias), and explain what the pilot intends to achieve (e.g. data for power calculation; recruitment feasibility).
The application should link to an intended main study, indicate a timeline, and give a detailed budget.
Main Study Grant up to € 100,000 total over 3 years
This grant is for formal experimental or observational studies answering a specific clinical or a basic science question.
The study design must be robust and appropriate for the question (e.g. longitudinal cohort; randomised controlled trial; laboratory tests on specimens).
The methods must be fully detailed, appropriate for the aims, and duly piloted for feasibility (e.g. recruitment, specimen availability, reliability of outcome measures, power calculations, statistical analysis).
The proposal must demonstrate the importance of the question, discuss limitations and risks, indicate the timeline, and give a detailed budget.
How could attending a TFR courses help you design your research project?
EUROSPINE proposes a yearly course "How to Make your Research more Relevant, Feasible and Publishable".
If you plan to apply for a research grant, this course is a unique opportunity for your research group to initiate the design of your study with help from experienced researchers who are used to review grant requests.
The purpose of the course is to provide clinicians with the fundamental concepts and tools to design clinical studies.
The course is delivered by world-renowned faculty and includes practical workshop where learners will work in groups to formulate a research question and derive a hypothesis for the evaluation of a treatment intervention.
During the workshops, learners will also be using the research question developed on day 1 and start designing their study, start planning participant selection and data collection. Groups will also start planning their sample size calculation and on the last day, the faculty will assess each project and provide personalised feed-back.
For more information on the research course, please visit: www.eurospine.org/researchcourse.htm
The TFR Application Guidelines give helpful advice, but if you still have questions please send them by e-mail to: Rachid Salmi - (Chair, EUROSPINE TFR).
We strongly recommend you use the Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN) checklist(s) before submitting your application.