EANS Research Fund

Announcing the second edition of the EANS Research Fund grants!

The EANS is delighted the announce the 2019 editon of the EANS Research Fund grants.

The applications are now closed and the winners will be announced at the beginning of February 2019.

Our sincere thanks to the legacy of Jean Brihaye, Integra and Stryker for their generosity and continuing support of the EANS Research Fund.


Diseases of the brain and spine are of major importance to patients, their families and society. There are 165 million Europeans with brain disorders, causing a global cost (direct and indirect) exceeding 800 billion euros for National Health budgets.

As the European Association of Neurosurgical Societies our focus is on neurosurgical conditions which include brain injuries, brain tumours, stroke, epilepsy, hydrocephalus and disorders of the spine. While advances have been made in the treatment of these conditions there remain many unanswered questions and major opportunities to improve treatment and outcome for patients.

Our mission is to achieve this through comprehensive research strategies including both basic science laboratory research and clinical studies including trials. Access to research funding from large grant funding bodies, for example, the European Union and national government agencies and charities is highly competitive and usually requires initial pilot research data. We are therefore creating a research fund to pump prime projects to enable the acquisition of the pilot data necessary to apply for more substantial funding. We propose to achieved this through the award of Euro 10000 seed grants for neurosurgical research projects.


Please click HERE to view and download the complete information about the EANS Research Fund, an abridged list is reproduced below:

What is it?

A fund to provide much needed funding for neurosurgical research in Europe.

The fund was ratified by the EANS Board in December 2016 and launched in 2017, with the inagural grants awarded in 2018.

What do we want to do?

Phase 1: Up to 6 x €10k seed grants for neurosurgical research projects, distributed equitably

Phase 2: Funding for one or more year-long research fellowships

Why do we want to do it?

- young researchers need to be nurtured
- resources for seed funding are relatively few
- these grants will enable acquisition of the pilot data necessary to apply for more substantial funding
- not restricted to one country: encourages European cooperation and collaboration

What is the timeline?

Phase 1

Inaugural Research Fund grants were awarded in 2018. We now run another round with the following timetable:

1 October 2018: open applications for grants

16 December 2018: deadline for grant applications; followed by evaluations

1 February 2018: award of the 2019 EANS Research Fund grants

Phase 2

1 January 2018: open fundraising.


EANS Past Secretary Professor Peter Hutchinson will be closely involved with every aspect of the EANS Research Fund.

As an initial point of contact, please get in touch with Petra Koubova in the EANS Executive Office, email: petra.koubova@eans.org.


Congratulations to:

Brihaye EANS Research Grant winner: Alkinoos Athanasiou - Thessaloniki, Greece (Spine)
Integra EANS Research Grant winner: Md. Iftakher Hossain - Turku, Finland (TBI)
EANS Research Grant: Davide Croci winner: - Aarau / Basel, Switzerland (Vascular)
Stryker EANS Research Grant winner: Jerôme Cochereau - Montpellier, France (Tumour)

Our sincere thanks to the legacy of Jean Brihaye, Integra and Stryker for their generosity.