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EFIC-GRÜNENTHAL-GRANT (E-G-G)

What is the E-G-G?

EFIC-Grünenthal-Grant

The EFIC-Grünenthal-Grant (E-G-G) is a research grant scheme awarded by the European Pain Federation EFIC® and generously sponsored by the pharmaceutical company Grünenthal GmbH. Since 2004, it has provided funding worth approximately €1.8 million for 70 innovative research projects across 14 countries. Grünenthal supports the E-G-G 2023 with a maximum of €110,000, and each grant will have a maximum value of €50,000. Research Grants are intended for clinical and human experimental pain research including innovative educational initiatives aimed at improving diagnosis and treatment of pain. Research proposals on animals, computer simulations, cell lines, etc. will not be considered. The decision on awarding grants is made independently by a sub-group of the Research Committee of the European Pain Federation EFIC®.

Timeline

June 2022 – Application Open

31 January 2023 – Application Closed

February – April 2023 – Evaluation of the applications

May 2023 – Announcement of winners

June – July 2023 – Grants awarded

20 – 23 September 2023 in Budapest, Hungary – Presentation of E-G-G Winners 2023 at the 13th Congress of the European Pain Federation EFIC

Award ceremony

The winners of the E-G-G will be invited to the congress of the European Pain Federation, where they will be acknowledged in the plenary hall of the Opening Ceremony of the EFIC® Congress.

How to apply

The application has to be made online. Please note that the application and all respective documents must be in English. Throughout the application forms the fields that have to be filled in are marked with an*. Please note that the application form cannot be saved and edited several times, so please be sure to have all necessary information ready and available when you are about to submit the form. If in exceptional cases further changes are necessary this can be done via e-mail to research@efic.org.

 

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E-G-G Winner Testimonials

Find out how winning an E-G-G has impacted the career of previous recipients.

Maud Frot, 2004 E-G-G Winner

“After receiving the EGG, I managed to get a permanent position as a researcher in France. Obtaining this award was important to compete for the position of researcher and also to support myself financially while waiting for the position. Since then I have continued my research career in the field of pain. First of all, I continued to explore, thanks to electrodes implanted in humans, the different cortical regions responding to painful stimuli by studying their temporal dynamics of activation. In particular, we worked a lot on the exploration of the insula which participates in both the sensory and emotional integration of pain. As this region is buried in the brain, the technique of implanted electrodes has been particularly adapted to the exploration of this region. 

 We have also used this technique to study the early activation of cortical structures that we know to be involved in the perception of pain, this time in response to the vision of another person’s pain and in particular in response to the vision of a face expressing pain. We are also interested in the study of the electrophysiological correlates of pain perception. We are trying to identify brain markers that would indicate the perception of pain as such. Finally, we have been developing for a few years a new research theme concerning the memory of pain. We are particularly interested in understanding the mechanisms of long-term memory of pain, which can be qualified as traumatic memory.”

Publications:

  • Frot M, Mauguière F, Garcia-Larrea L. Insular Dichotomy in the Implicit Detection of Emotions in Human Faces. Cereb Cortex. 2022 Jan 14:bhab477. doi: 10.1093/cercor/bhab477.  
  • Chapon A, Perchet C, Garcia-Larrea L, Frot M. Hyperalgesia when observing pain-related images is a genuine bias in perception and enhances autonomic responses. Sci Rep. 2019 Oct 24;9(1):15266. doi: 10.1038/s41598-019-51743-3.  
  • Frot M, Faillenot I, Mauguière F. Processing of nociceptive input from posterior to anterior insula in humans. Hum Brain Mapp. 2014 Nov;35(11):5486-99. doi: 10.1002/hbm.22565.  
Helge Kasch, 2005 E-G-G Winner

 “I have continued my research with my main focus on the bio-psycho-social dimensions of whiplash injury, and pain. I have furthermore done research in the fields of secondary headaches and research regarding spinal cord injury. I concluded my PhD Thesis in 2001, Pain, Tenderness and Mobility in Neck and Head Following Whiplash Injury. A One-Year Prospective Study from Aarhus University, Denmark, and defended my doctorate thesis, entitled Pain and Long-term Disability following Whiplash Injury, Aarhus University, Health in 2020. I received the E.G.G. Grant the same year that I finalized my specialization as neurologist, and have been a senior consultant neurologist from 2008. I have an academic career as the Academic Coordinator for the Regional Hospital Central Jutland, Department of Clinical Medicine, Aarhus University, Denmark (2018-2025) and a Lecturer in neurology, Aarhus University Medical Faculty, from 2008-2021. Receiving the EGG Grant in 2005 was indeed very helpful for my career which I have continued to spend mainly in clinical multidisciplinary research.”

Publications:

  • Rasmussen MK, Kongsted A, Carstensen T, Jensen TS, Kasch H. Revisiting Risk-stratified Whiplash-exposed Patients 12 to 14 Years After Injury. The Clinical journal of pain 2020;36(12):923-931.DOI: 10.1097/AJP.0000000000000877 
  • Kasch H, Kongsted A, Qerama E, Bach FW, Bendix T, Jensen TS. A new stratified risk assessment tool for whiplash injuries developed from a prospective observational study. BMJ Open 2013;3. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2012-002050 
  • Helge Kasch, Flemming W. Bach, Troels S. Jensen Handicap after acute whiplash injury: A one-year prospective study of risk factors. Neurology 2001;56:1637-42. doi: 10.1212/wnl.56.12.1637 

  

Katharina Zimmermann, 2013 E-G-G Winner

“Since winning the EGG Grant in 2013, I obtained a Heisenberg Professorship funded by the DFG since 2014. Meanwhile I have established my own lab at the department of Anesthesia at the University Hospital Erlangen at University Erlangen Nürnberg. Since then I’ve focused on the research on ion channels and other proteins and their contibution to Pain and Thermoregulation and the mechanisms underlying the perception of cold temperatures. In my research I focus on translational animal models to obtain a more profound understanding of physiological and pathological mechanisms of somatosensory and thermoregulatory processes in humans.”

Publications: https://www.anaesthesie.uk-erlangen.de/forschung/arbeitsgruppen/schmerzforschung-in-der-anaesthesie/ 

Susanne Becker, 2017 E-G-G Winner

“I was awarded the E.G.G. in 2017 when I was a research group leader at the Department of Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience (Scientific Director: Dr. Dr. h.c. Dr. h.c. Herta Flor), Central Institute of Mental Health in Mannheim, Germany. In August 2019, a prestigious and substantial PRIMA grant of the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) allowed me to start a new research group at the Department of Chiropractic Medicine, University Hospital Balgrist, University of Zurich, Switzerland, where I was promoted to an Assistant Professor in February 2021. Importantly, this grant allowed me to establish a fully funded and independent research group, thereby strongly fostering my career. Being awarded the E.G.G. had in two major aspects a true impact on my career. First, the grant money allowed me to perform an experiment that built an important basis for developing and establishing my own independent line of research. In addition to achieving novel insights into the mechanisms of the neurotransmitter dopamine in human pain perception, these results strongly supported my following applications for larger third-party research grants. Second, the promotion of the winners by EFIC and Grünenthal created a surprisingly high amount of attention, putting my research into focus. I perceived this additional attention and promotion as very beneficial for my career development, helping, for example, to be selected as a member in relevant committees (e.g. of EFIC) as a very important part for a successful scientific career and extending the personal and scientific network. In sum, winning the E.G.G. had many benefits for me, going also beyond the fact of have more research money available.”

Publications:

  • Becker S, Löffler M, Seymour B (2020). Reward enhances pain discrimination in humans. Psychological Science, 31(9):1191-1199. doi:10.1177/0956797620939588
  • Florin E, Koschmieder KC, Schnitzler A, Becker S (2020). Recovery of impaired endogenous pain modulation by dopaminergic medication in Parkinson’s disease. Movement Disorders, 35(12):2338-2343. doi:10.1002/mds.28241
  • Becker S, Gandhi W, Pomares F, Schweinhardt P (2017). Orbitofrontal cortex mediates pain inhibition by monetary reward. Social Affective and Cognitive Neuroscience, 12(4): 651-661. doi: 10.1093/scan/nsw173 
Alex Clark, 2018 E-G-G Winner

“I was awarded the E.G.G in 2018, and it has been pivotal in establishing myself as an independent researcher. The consumable money from the E.G.G funded most of the laboratory experiments I conducted for a first author paper published in Cell Reports Medicine earlier this year. Due to the fact I independently funded most of the research I was also co-corresponding author on this publication In 2019, I was awarded a Guarantors of Brain Fellowship. It was very clear in the interview that they were impressed I had already secured my first independent grant and was already using it to develop my own research ideas. I believe being awarded the E.G.G was a major contributing factor in being successful in this Fellowship application. In 2021, I was successful in an application for a tenured Neuroscience Lectureship at Queen Mary University. Having a track record of acquiring independent funding and having a senior authorship publication was undoubtedly integral to being offered the position. 

The E.G.G was my first independently acquired grant, and there is no question that this has been the biggest steppingstone on my path towards academic independence. I am immensely grateful for this support which ultimately was vital in furthering my career and attaining the Neuroscience Lectureship. I would also like to add that I am very thankful to EFIC and Grunenthal for being sympathetic during the Covid pandemic. My lab was shut for nearly 6 months, and after speaking to the grants teams, my E.G.G was extended to account for this closure. I would highly recommend any early career researcher to apply for this prestigious award, it has been truly instrumental in furthering my career.”

Publications: 

 

 

Using an engineered glutamate-gated chloride channel to silence sensory neurons and treat neuropathic pain at the source 

GA Weir, SJ Middleton, AJ Clark, T Daniel, N Khovanov, SB McMahon, … 

Brain 140 (10), 2570-2585. 2017 

https://academic.oup.com/brain/article/140/10/2570/4085760?login=true 

All past winners

A complete list of E-G-G winners can be found here.