ISN Career Development Grant (CDG)

Funds for research for young investigators who are long-term ISN members to establish themselves as independent researchers.



Application guidelines for the ISN Career Development Grants (CDG)

Project duration and grant volume:

  • Up to USD 10,000 can be granted per successful CDG application, depending on the budget of the relevant research project.
  • The project should be developed in one or two years.
  • Grants can be spent on lab equipment, but also on other project-related items like consumables, accessing facilities, or animal housing costs.
  • A maximum of 20% of the total funds granted can be used to cover costs related to attend an ISN-related event, such as the biennial meeting, ISN-sponsored conferences, symposia or satellite meetings and sister society (APSN, ASN, ESN) meetings but not for meetings/conferences/workshops that are not related to ISN.


October 31 for proposals starting the year after

Eligibility criteria:

  • Only committed advanced ISN Postdoc Members (minimum 3 years experience as postdoctoral fellow) and Full Members (up to 10 years after the year the doctoral degree was awarded) are eligible to apply. Allowance may be made for career breaks.
  • The applicant must be an active ISN member continuously for at least 4 years (48 months) at the deadline of a given application round. In addition, funds can only be transferred, if the successful applicant is also an active member in the year(s) when the project will be carried out.
  • Excluded from application are members who have not continuously renewed their ISN membership each year (as indicated by open membership dues for previous years or periods of delayed payment that were connected with periods of inactive ISN membership).
  • Applicants should provide a statement detailing evidence of their independence, also signed by the Department chair of the applicant.
  • As a minimal requirement for status as independent researcher, the applicant should be responsible author (i.e, corresponding or last author) of at least two peer-reviewed research articles.
  • A successful applicant is not eligible to apply for a second project supported by CDG.

Payment and reporting requirements:

  • 80% of the amount granted will be transferred to a bank account of the applicant’s institution. Transfer to any private or individual bank account is not possible.
  • The remaining 20% will be released after the full research and financial report has been submitted by the applicant and it is approved by ISN.
  • The Institution must agree that no indirect costs/overheads will be charged.
  • A detailed written report (including a financial report) is required to be submitted by the successful applicant within two months after the completion of the project.
  • The supported ISN member is expected to acknowledge ISN support and briefly inform audiences about ISN and about the benefits of an ISN membership when presenting data at seminars and/or scientific meetings.
  • The supported ISN member is encouraged to present data at ISN-related events (ISN biennial meetings, sister societies’ meetings, small conferences that are supported by ISN-CC).


  • Application deadline is October 31 for proposals starting the year after.
  • Application criteria are
    • eligibility of the candidate (see above)
    • scientific quality of the applicant and the project
  • Applications include 2 documents to be submitted as a single PDF:
  1. Completed and signed application form with
    • career information of the applicant with a publication list and list of previous awards including previous ISN funding
    • a project description (3 pages max.),
    • a budget calculation for the project, including information on other external funds made available/requested for the same purpose, including those requested from local sources.
  2. a letter signed by the department chair confirming the applicant’s research independence and agreement that no indirect costs/overheads will be charged by the institution.
  3. signed by the Department chair of the applicant

Applications should be sent as a single PDF named [lastname]_CDG_[year].pdf to the Career Development committee Chair

Prof. Dr. Constanze Seidenbecher

Download the application form