October 22, 2013

IRP/IFP Research Grants in Basic and Clinical Research for International Clinicians and Scientists

IRP/IFP Research Grants

Course(s) Offered: Medicine (paraplegia and related fields)
Course Level: Postgraduate (postdoc, research)
Provider: IRP and IFP Foundations
Country to Study in: Switzerland

Scholarship Description
The International Foundation for Research in Paraplegia – IFP Zurich and the International Foundation for Research in Paraplegia – IRP Geneva are private research foundations with the exclusive aim to promote basic and clinical research related to spinal cord injury.

Each year the international experts on the IRP/IFP Scientific Committee evaluate a considerable number of research projects based on strict criteria to ensure an objective and rigorous selection. Their goal is to favour quality and excellence to retain only the very best proposals, as much for the degree of scientific interest proposed, as for the quality of the programme of implementation.

The IRP/IFP Scientific Committee invites applications from suitably qualified applicants.

The following regulations apply:
  • The IRP Foundation finances research projects regardless of the nationality of the researcher and the place of work;
  • Projects submitted for consideration must be focused on basic or clinical research into paraplegia or related fields;
  • Each proposal retained will be financed for 1 or 2 years, to the value CHF 75'000.- or CHF 150'000.- respectively;
Selection criteria:
Research projects submitted for an IRP/IFP Research Grant, for funding by the IRP Foundation, undergo a rigorous selection process focused on criteria of excellence. The following apply:
  • International reputation - The value and scope of a researcher’s work is measured by the number, quality and relevance of applicant scientific contributions (articles published in specialized journals or presentations at scientific congresses).
  • Clinical interest - Basic research should not be disconnected from reality. The proposed projects must be relevant to the clinical situation caused by lesions of the spinal cord or the brain, and their outcomes must clearly contribute to a better understanding of paraplegia and lesions of the brain.
  • Originality of the methodology - To be admissible, all projects submitted must include a clear description of the methods to be adopted (conservative approach or an innovative, creative concept).
  • Overall evaluation - An assessment of how the project is presented, described and of the motivation behind it: the logic of the planned experiments and the likelihood of obtaining applicable results, a better understanding of the mechanisms underlying lesions of the brain and of the spinal cord, and thus of developing new therapeutic techniques.
Eligible groups
Citizens of ANY nationality may apply for grants

Participating Institutions
All approved research institution in Switzerland, in conjunction with:
The International Foundation for Research in Paraplegia – IFP, Zurich; Switzerland; AND
The International Foundation for Research in Paraplegia – IRP, Geneva; Switzerland.

Fields of study
The IRP and IFP foundations have the exclusive aim to promote Basic and Clinical Research related to spinal cord injury.

The Grants in basic and clinical research can be situated in the fields of diagnosis, acute lesion management including surgery, neurology, urology, rehabilitation, and other areas related to paraplegia and with special emphasis on the Spinal Cord.

Research projects may address all aspects of CNS and spinal cord lesions, nerve regeneration, neuroprotection, trophic support of lesioned neurons, and functional changes induced by lesions preferentially in mammals.

Number of awards
A considerable number of research projects are evaluated every year. A sizable number will also be awarded annually.

Sponsorship duration
Successful proposals will be financed for one (1) or two (2) years

Scholarship benefits
Total Funds for one or two years will be allocated up to:
  • 75,000 Swiss Francs for one year.
  • 150,000 Swiss Francs for two years.
Method of Application
Please apply for research grants online.

To submit a project, visit the 'Invitation to apply' page of the official website (link to it is below). On the page that opens, click on the 'Apply here' link. Then, complete all fields regarding personal data, then send the form duly completed, together with your CV, a list of your published work over the last 5 years (no abstracts), and a list of the publications of those applying with you.

Kindly send your documents in Word or pdf format.

The deadline for submission of proposals is 31 October each year.

Proposals are evaluated by the IRP/IFP Scientific Committee by end February of the following year. The funding of the best projects recommended by the Committee is decided upon in March by the IRP and IFP foundations’ boards and funds are made available to successful applications by the second semester of the same year.

Clinicians and scientists working in paraplegia and related fields who are seeking financial support for their work must submit an application using the form on the official site (link to it is below) before 31 October and must meet the conditions defined by the IRP Foundation.

For more information please send an email to:
IRP Secretariat: info@irp.ch

IFP Secretariat: info@irp-zh.ch

Application Deadline: 31 October 2013
Open to International students: Yes

More Scholarship Information and Application

Related: Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships for Foreign Scholars

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