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The Early Career Investigator Award is recognises the contributions to the gene and cell therapy field and impact of research carried out by early career researchers (from PhD through to 3 years post-doc.).

The awardee will present a plenary lecture at the ESGCT Annual Congress.

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Eligibility Criteria

  • Nominees must be members of the ESGCT

  • All young investigators from PhD 3 years post doc are eligible

  • Extension of this period may be allowed in case of eligible career breaks: Maternity or paternity leave (1 year per child born after the PhD award), leave taken for long-term illness, national service, leave taken for unavoidable statutory reasons (e.g. clinical qualification). The cumulative eligibility period should anyhow not surpass 5 years following the award of the first PhD unless the boards agree they are the best candidate for the award

  • For medical doctors, date of the clinical speciality completion is the time reference for calculation of the eligibility time-window. For MD, PhD, date of the PhD award takes precedence in the calculation of the eligibility time-window

Nomination and selection process

Applicants must be nominated by two or more Members of the Society. These nomination should be sent to in writing no later than 20 June. Nomination letters should provide an overview of the candidate’s contributions to the field of gene therapy.

Nominations materials include:

  • Two or more nomination letters from Members of ESGCT (500 words or less)

  • Curriculum Vitae and Bibliography of nominee

  • PDF’s of the applicants two best papers

All nominations will be reviewed by the ESCGT Awards Selection Committee.

TOTAL AWARDS VALUE: €1000 (1 x €1000, and complimentary registration to the next annual congress)


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