Projects and grants

PReS / PRINTO Research Grant - Call for Applications

Application deadline: 15th December

Both the Pediatric Rheumatology European Society (PReS) and the Paediatric Rheumatology INternational Trials Organisation (PRINTO) work to foster excellence in Paediatric Rheumatology, from training and clinical care to clinical trials.

Therefore, in 2018, in the context of expanding the research activities of PReS, the Council envisaged a novel format of projects based on a tight collaboration with PRINTO. This novel PReS/PRINTO collaboration will consist in annual calls for projects in the context of the PReS Working Parties (WP2.0) and with the technical assistance from PRINTO.

In the 2019 call, one project will be funded for a total of 3 years. PReS will grant a financial contribution to the winner of 10,000€/year (total 30,000€), and the equivalent in manpower (30,000€) will be provided by PRINTO. Funding will cover primarily personnel, meetings and networking costs with volunteer participation from centres. PRINTO will take care of the manpower time for technical assistance and all related infrastructure for implementation of international collaborative studies (feasibility, databases, ethics committees submission, data collection etc). It is foreseen that there will be annual calls, one already planned for 2020, with the number of projects granted varying according to  availability of funds.

At each Annual Meeting there will be a session of all WP 2.0s, where the project winners will have the possibility to present their project, invite PReS/PRINTO members to participate and provide an annual update.

The requirements to participate in the call are the following:

  • A PI and co-PI (co-PI under 40 years of age) who are members of a PReS WP2.0 and hold a valid PReS membership (please contact presmembership@mci-group.com for further information);
  • A PI and co-PI who are members of PRINTO (please visit https://test.printo.it/contact/apply-membership or contact printo@gaslini.org for further information);
  • The proposed project must not have other sources of funding from other organizations/entities;
  • The involvement of at least 3 different countries is highly recommended;
  • The support requested to PRINTO must be clearly stated in the proposal.

Multicentric projects heavily involving, and heavily relying on, European Pediatric Rheumatology Centers are strongly encouraged.

The deadline for presentation of the projects for year 2019 is December 15th, through this platform, open to all PReS WP2.0 members. The proposals will be then peer-reviewed by a selection committee including the Research PReS counselor (Chair), 1 PReS Council member, 2 PRINTO Council Members and 1 patient representative.

If you wish to apply for the PRINTO/PReS grant please:

  • if you have the credentials for the PRINTO website, click here
  • if you do not have the credentials, please contact PRINTO.

A call for 2020 is foreseen.

Any publication(s) arising from the projects will be followed after the byline of authors “for the PReS WP2.0 (name of the WP2.0) and PRINTO” as per the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJEs) criteria (http://icmje.org/) and the PRINTO publication policy (https://test.printo.it/publications/authorship-policy). PI and co-PI will be first or last authors.

Nicola Ruperto and Alberto Martini on behalf of PRINTO
Rolando Cimaz, Fabrizio De Benedetti, Athimalaipet Ramanan
Angelo Ravelli, Michael Beresford, Berent Prakken on behalf of the PReS Council



EMERGE / EMMUNET Cooperation grant

Application deadline: 15 September 2019

About this course

Amount: The research grant is equally supported by the European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) and the Paediatric Rheumatology European Society (PReS) for a total amount of 20’000 euros.

Purpose: To facilitate and stimulate interaction between young rheumatologists from adult and paediatric care, to develop joint research projects aimed at improving the quality of life and care of people living with rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases across the lifespan.

Eligibility: Young rheumatologists or researchers in rheumatology below the age of 40 from the Emerging EULAR Network (EMEUNET) and the PReS EMErging RheumatoloGists and rEsearchers’ (EMERGE) Group. The principal investigator (PI) can work in either adult or paediatric rheumatology but the project team should include at least one paediatric and one adult rheumatologist from at least three different institutions across Europe.

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NEW PReS EMERGE Fellowship program

Paediatric Rheumatology Trainee Questionnaire

What is EMERGE?

Following the 2016 PReS YIM in Genoa, a new group of young paediatric rheumatologists and researchers was founded called PReS EMERGE (EMErging RheumatoloGists and rEsearchers). The overarching aim of the group is to improve clinical and research opportunities for trainees from all over the world working in the field of paediatric rheumatology. The group is currently working on a number of initiatives, with the first to be implemented being the PReS EMERGE Fellowship program.

What is the PReS EMERGE Fellowship program?

This program provides financial and practical assistance for paediatric rheumatology trainees who are members of PReS and younger than 45 years, to facilitate placements of up to 6-months within a European Paediatric Rheumatology Centre. In addition to gaining clinical knowledge and skills, the trainee will be given the opportunity to participate in a research project.

The overall aims of this initiative are to:

  • Enhance both clinical and basic collaborative research conducted by trainees within Europe
  • Foster a network of emerging and established paediatric rheumatologists
  • Allow sharing of ideas and practices between different countries to harmonize paediatric rheumatology training and stimulate collaboration in the field

How to apply?

The first application deadline is 1st of September 2017. To apply the trainee is asked to propose a paediatric rheumatology training centre which can provide opportunities complementary to those of their main training site. The chosen centre will help the trainee to attain additional specialist clinical/research knowledge and skills. The trainee is required to take the initiative on the application but can work closely with the centre of interest to develop a relevant, realistic and achievable plan for her/his placement.

Each candidate will be asked to complete a standardised paediatric rheumatology trainee questionnaire which will allow assessment of the candidates suitability. In addition to the questionnaires the trainee will supply (1) a short CV (2) a concise and clear outline of the research project to be undertaken (3) a personal statement supporting the application (4) a statement of the training center willing to accept the applicant.

All documents or inquiries should be sent to emerge.pres@gmail.com. Further information on the program is attached to this newsletter.

Can I join EMERGE?

The PRES EMERGE group is still growing and welcomes new members. To join please e-mail emerge.pres@gmail.com providing details of your training centre, your current position and function, and any particular areas of interest that you have. You can also find further information and follow EMERGE on Facebook and Twitter.

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