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In a nutshell about the EFIC-GRÜNENTHAL Grant


Encouraging innovative pain research projects

For the tenth time now, Grünenthal GmbH in cooperation with the European Pain Federation EFIC® supports young scientists at an early stage of their experimental projects on clinical or human volunteer-based pain research. The EFIC-GRÜNENTHAL Grant is 200,000 EUR biennially, research grants are valued at up to EUR 40,000 per project.

Research grants are intended for clinical and human experimental pain research. Research proposals on animals, computer simulations, cell lines etc. will not be considered. The decision on awarding of grants is made independently by the Committee on Scientific Research of the European Pain Federation EFIC®.

Grünenthal as a pain specialist appreciates the fruitful exchange of information and experience with promising junior scientists. It helps us to identify treatment gaps and issues as well as potential solutions for new medications.

Grünenthal’s commitment to long-term pain research - delivering true benefits to patients

E-G-G’s goal is to promote pain research on a long-term basis. With the grant, Grünenthal demonstrates its commitment and ability to go beyond the horizon of short-term commercial interests.

Dr. Andreas Siegenthaler from the University Hospital Berne, Switzerland Dr. Andreas Siegenthaler
University Hospital Berne, Switzerland

“For young researchers it is often extremely difficult to receive research funds”, acknowledges Andreas Siegenthaler from the University Hospital Berne / Switzerland, one of the EFIC-Grünenthal Grant winners in 2010, “especially when they are not yet well known in their field of research. The EFIC-Grünenthal-Grant is an important exception giving a fair chance to relevant and profound projects, even if the researcher did not have the possibility to publish many studies”.

Dr. Lannie Ligthart from VU University, Amsterdam, Netherlands Dr. Lannie Ligthart
VU University, Amsterdam, Netherlands

“The importance of grants like the EFIC Grünenthal grant cannot be overestimated”, comments Dr. Lannie Ligthart from VU University, Amsterdam /The Netherlands, one of the E-G-G winners in 2012. “After completing my PhD, I experienced how hard it is in today’s competitive academic environment to set up your own independent research. The EGG grant gave me the opportunity to continue working in the field I want to dedicate my research career to.

I also think it’s very important that this grant is dedicated to the specific topic of pain. Pain is not typically what kills patients, and I think research funding tends to go to deadly diseases rather than pain. But pain causes tremendous suffering and virtually everyone is affected by it at one moment or another. This grant is very important in generating awareness for the importance of this topic.”

Dr. Stefano Tamburin University of Verona, Italy Dr. Stefano Tamburin
University of Verona, Italy

Dr. Stefano Tamburin from the University of Verona / Italy, also one of the winners 2010, adds: “Research requires more than just good ideas. It requires money to implement your project. The E-G-G was ideal for the implementation of my projects, especially, because everything was very uncomplicated. My project was accepted without any limitations, and I could fully devote myself to my research.”