3. Research Grants for the Study of Rare Diseases and Auto-Immune Diseases
Since 2012, The Foundation for the Development of Internal Medicine in Europe (FDIME) has funded grants of up to 17,500 Euros each (for a maximum period of 1 year) for Young Internists under the age of 38 years to undertake research studies in two key areas:-
- Research projects in the study of rare diseases in adults.
- Research projects relating to the study of auto-immune diseases including all fields of General Internal Medicine, particularly polymorbidity and other common I.M. conditions.
The objective of the grants is to promote exchanges between European researchers enabling the recipients to undertake research. Candidates are expected to identify their own study location / institute.
The purpose of the grants is to provide part-funding to facilitate the applicant’s lifestyle and day-to-day living expenses during the period of research. It is not intended for the research study project itself.
All Grant funding provided by FDIME has to be justified. Applicants are required to submit a reasonable budget plan with their grant application, declaring any expected income and estimated living costs for the period of study. This can include travel expenses to/from the study location. The Research Grant Selection Board must be informed of any additional sources of funding that have been applied for, or are expected to be available to the applicant for the intended period of research.
Rare disease study projects are expected to be carried out outside the applicant’s present country of residence.
General Internal Medicine/auto-immune study projects can be carried out in the applicant’s own country, but in this case collaboration with at French institute is preferred. Alternatively, the research can be carried out entirely at a French institute.