Rules Research Funding


This is the present guideline for funding on our website

A Research Strategy for EGPRN

Originally initiated by:
Van Royen Paul, Belgium,
Griffith Frances, U.K.,
Lionis Christos , Greece,
Rethans Jan-Joost, The Netherlands,
Sandholzer Hagen, Germany.
GalÍ Ferran, Spain.

(May 2015) - Updated by:
Davorina Petek, Slovenia,
Esperanza Diaz, Norway,
Peter Torzsa, Hungary,
Joseph Azuri, Israel,
Sophia Eilat, Israel,
Kathryn Hoffmann, Austria,
Biljana Gerasimovska, Macedonia,
Mehmet Ungan, Turkey,
Eva Hummers-Pradier, Germany,
Miguel Angel Muñoz Perez, Spain,
Xavier Cos, Spain,
Brendan Delaney, United Kingdom,
Christos Lionis, Greece,
Claire Collins, Ireland,.



The EGPRN research strategy has been developed to promote research in primary care. The aims correspond with the overall aims of EGPRN and are as follows:

To encourage the exchange of theory, methods and results of research in Europe, including both junior and senior researchers, individuals and research groups. In sharing research attention is focused on the research ideas and questions and their relevance to primary care. Multinational, collaborative research and research between different academic disciplines is encouraged.

To encourage research in and on primary care by

-      developing, supporting and assessing research proposals
-      developing a strategic plan for research that is regularly reviewed and updated  by the RSC
-      helping individuals to publish research papers in international journals

EGPRN regularly organises international courses on research methods. It was agreed at the Gottingen meeting that an education strategy committee would develop a strategy for developing this activity.

Stepwise development
In order to promote research in general practice, a stepwise strategy is suggested:
+ ideas for small projects
+ proposals for small research projects
+ collaborative research (involving two or three countries)
+ multinational (European) projects

Projects that do not yet have the gravitas associated with a collaborative study will be encouraged. Young researchers and researchers from countries where general practice/primary care is developing as a scientific discipline, will be encouraged to perform good research.

Researchers with ideas for small projects can present them in a one-slide five-minute presentation. Following the workshop discussion, the idea can be developed into a research proposal, and perhaps a pilot study undertaken. This can then be presented during the next workshop.

Where research has been done on a local level, and the conclusions could be interesting if the research was undertaken in a wider context, the local results can be presented at EGPRN with a proposal for a collaborative project involving two or three countries. Some projects may go on to develop into Europe-wide projects.

Each project can come to EGPRN at any of the different steps. However, the further forward a project is on the steps, the more the researchers should be involved in EGPRN.

At several stages in the stepwise progression, EGPRN may provide funding, or support the researcher in seeking funding. This may include co-funding on a European level including special projects funding from the European Society of General Practice (Wonca) and funding from the European Community.

Proposals for collaborative research, supported by EGPRN, could be recommended to the WONCA by the Research Strategy Committee of EGPRN (RSC), in agreement with the applicant. The RSC will communicate with the ESGP to discuss this, including how we would select proposals and how EGPRN can advise the ESGP review committee.

Criteria for research proposals seeking funding from EGPRN
The following criteria have been agreed for any research proposal seeking funding from EGPRN.
-      There should be a written abstract selected for and presented to an EGPRN meeting
-       The research proposal should be submitted within 2 years of the presentation to EGPRN

The application (maximum 4 pages) should contain the following sections (please use application form):
introduction, background (e.g. relevant literature)
aims/ objectives of the project 
plan for the research including methods to be used
how the success of the project will be evaluated
dissemination of the results and further development 
budget plan 
time table
why is the researcher asking for EGPRN money
identity of project leader and co-applicants/investigators (the selection committee can ask for a C.V.)
if the research is to be carried out in several countries, a letter of agreement from an applicant in each country is required
letter of approval by ethical committee or details of stage in process of gaining ethical advice  (if necessary)

Timetable for applying for research funding
Proposals should be submitted to the EGPRN secretariat before 15th of July or 15th of January.  The applications for project funding will be reviewed, by a selection committee, at the next EGPRN meeting (at October meeting  for the applications arrived before 15th of July and at the May meeting for the applications arrived before the 15th of January). A decision will be reached by regular members of the  RSC at the next EGPRN meeting. For each proposal an EGPRN member with expertise in the research methodology and/or the research topic will be asked to review the proposal and advise the selection committee.

The leading researcher of the project has to be an individual member of EGPRN or a delegate of an institutional member of EGPRN. The applicant or the institution that has leading position in the project can be granted finances for one study at a time untill the study ends. Applicants can not be members of the selection committee and can not participate in voting within RSC (if they are members of it) for their project.

Criteria for selection will include:
-      feasibility of the project 
-      quality of research proposal 
-      interest for general practice/ family medicine

The selection committee can: 
-      reject the proposal
-      suggest revision and resubmission
-      approve the proposal for financing (co-financing)

The Research Strategy
Committee may also encourage people to apply for other European funds. The RSC may also  suggest mentoring provided by EGPRN.

It will be a condition of funding for any project that the results are presented at an EGPRN meetingEGPRN also suggest  that in other presentations or in publications of projects support of EGPRN is mentioned.

Amount and use of funding
For the small projects up to 5000 Euros will be available.
For collaborative studies up to 8000 Euros will be available.

Rules Research Funding revised in May 2015
The funding can be used for the following:

  1. Secretarial support
/project coordinator
  2. Literature review
  3. Translation
  4. Materials, laboratory costs, validating questionnaires
  5. Travel expenses when additional meetings to EGPRN meetings are needed if specified and accepted in advance

  6. Meeting costs at EGPRN regular conferences are only covered for partners that are not previously involved in EGPRN and if specified and accepted in advance
  7. Personnel costs and fees-    
  8. Costs for analysis of data / methodological advise
  9. Publication cost for open access for one article with the study results
  10. Other items approved in project budgets