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ESPNIC Medtronic Research Grant: to improve clinical outcomes in paediatric and neonatal intensive care units using advanced monitoring techniques (such as NIRS).

The intent of the grant is to provide support to the work of ESPNIC Members in the field of paediatric and neonatal intensive care with focus on “Improvement of care through non-invasive monitoring techniques for oxygenation and ventilation in paediatric and neonatal intensive care settings”. The research activities undertaken shall be with the active contribution of the applicant.

The grant in the amount of € 5.000 is unrestricted, yet with the purpose outlined above.

Applications shall include the following information:

  1. Applicant’s CV
  2. Project (Max 3 pages)
  3. Letter of support from an ESPNIC member
  4. Budget
  5. Application form


The application procedure will be open until 15 May 2021.

More information about the collaboration between ESPNIC and Medtronic can be found here.

The ESPNIC-Getinge Research Grant is issued this year for the third time and will support with up to 5000 Euros for a scientifically sound research project conducted by an ESPNIC member in any field of pediatric or neonatal critical care. Applications will be evaluated according to ESPNIC standard operating procedure and the evaluation may include external peer review if needed. Projects will be evaluated on the basis of their scientific level, feasibility and impact on neonatal and pediatric critical care.

The application procedure is now open until 30th May 2021.

To apply a currently valid ESPNIC membership is needed along with the following:

  1. Research projects (max 3 pages, font 12 on A4 format)
  2. Letter of intent
  3. Provisional budget (1 table on 1 page)
  4. CV of the applicant

For any further information, please contact ESPNIC Administration

The ESPNIC Young Investigator Award supports the development of research activities undertaken with the active contribution of the applicant. The specific intent is to provide support for young and talented healthcare professionals in their early career in the field of paediatric and neonatal intensive care to present their research topic of their choice in front of a designated jury during an oral session at the ESPNIC Annual Meeting.

ESPNIC will grant up to 2 Awards.

Deadline to submit application: January 17, 2023

The ESPNIC Office will inform applicants by March 2023



To be eligible for this award, the applicant:

  • Must have an accepted abstract in the programme
  • Must be an ESPNIC member
  • Must be aged less than 40 years
  • A clear copy of ID indicating date of birth is to be included in the CV
  • Content of the abstract must represent original work and not presented/ or published previously
  • Request for consideration must be made on the abstract form at the time of submission
  • The applicant must be the first author and presenting author of the submitted abstract

Judgment criteria will be based on:

  • Scientific content
  • Structure of the abstract
  • Presentation
  • Ability to defend the paper/results during question time from the audience onsite during the Congress

Abstracts will be selected for the Award during the abstract review. Selected applicants will be informed in advance and must confirm their attendance to the Meeting


  • First Prize:1200 Euro, complimentary registration and travel expenses covered up to 500 Euro to the next ESPNIC Annual Meeting and one-year complimentary membership
    • Second Prize: 800 Euro, one-year complimentary membership, complimentary registration to the next ESPNIC Annual Meeting

* Prizes are awarded at the discretion of the committee and the decisions made are final.

The application procedure can be found on the ESPNIC 2023 website.

Year Award-Grant Name Winner Name of the Project/Topic
2023 Young Investigators Award, 1st prize Tim J. Van Hasselt Understanding The Impact Of Preterm Birth On Paediatric Intensive Care Admissions In England And Wales: A Cohort Study Using Novel Data Linkage
2023 Young Investigators Award, 2nd prize Sin Wee Loh Timing Of Antibiotics Initiation Impacts The Outcomes Of Children With Severe Pneumonia: An Observational Multinational Study
2023 Best Nursing Poster Presentation Ibo MacDonald Swiss Healthcare Professionals Practices, Priorities and Satisfaction with Current Assessment and management of Pain, Sedation, Delirium and Withdrawal in Pediatric Intensive Care Units
2023 Best Nursing Oral Presentation Owen Samantha Service Evaluation: Understanding Bedside Nursing Workload Within The Paediatric Intensive Care Unit
2022 Young Investigators Award, 1st prize Vishwa C. Revaiah Pressure Support Versus Cpap For Extubation  Readiness In Children Receiving Invasive Ventilation: An Open Label Randomized Controlled Trial
2022 Young Investigators Award, 2nd prize Raymand Pang Melatonin reduces white matter injury in the inflammation-amplified hypoxia-ischaemia newborn piglet model of neonatal encephalopathy
2022 Medtronic Research Grant Martí Pons-Odena Use of electrical impedance tomography in the ventilation of patients with severe acute bronchiolitis
2022 Nursing Oral NICU Pia Bonde Nielsen Parent experiences when their child is diagnosed with cystic fibrosis in the newborn screening program
2022 Nursing Oral PICU Pei Fen Poh Impact of ethnicity on parental health outcomes after childhood critical illness: a mixed-methods systematic review
2022 Nursing E-Poster NICU Ragnhild Maastrup Pain assessment and treatment in hospitalized infants, children and young people
2022 Nursing E-Poster PICU Charlotte Dyekjaer My hospital friend wheely
2021 Young Investigators Award, 1st prize Laura Butragueño-Laiseca Piperacillin-tazobactam pharmacokinetics in critically ill children
2021 Young Investigators Award, 2nd prize Luca Marchetto Comparison of sepsis prognostic scores accuracy in predicting outcomes in critically ill children with sepsis admitted to the PICU: a single tertiary center 10-year experience
2021 Medtronic Research Grant Michael Wagner TARGET study – Tidal volume Assessment in Real-time for potential tarGeted rEspiratory Treatment in neonates
2021 Getinge Research Grant Orsola Gawronski Effect of PICU diaries on the Post Intensive Care Syndrome in children and young adults and their caregivers
2021 Nursing Oral NICU Claire Magner The psychological impact of COVID-19 on critical care staff and coping mechanisms used
2021 Nursing Oral PICU Vincenza Sansone Narrative diaries in an italian PICU: preliminary results of a pilot study on feasibility, diary utilization and parent satisfaction
2021 Nursing E-Poster Azadeh Assadi Acrocognitive processes of pediatric cardiac intensivists – what are the experts thinking?
2021 Nursing E-Poster Kyung-Sung Bang Effects of the anticipatory guidance about neonatal intensive care unit for mothers at risk of preterm delivery
2020 Young Investigators Award, 1st prize Tng Chang Kwok Personalised mortality prediction tool for very preterm infants using machine learning: a National database study
2020 Young Investigators Award, 2nd prize Francesca Sperotto Impact of COVID-19 Outbreak on rates and types of admission to pediatric intensive dare units in Northern Italy
2020 Medtronic Research Grant Almudena Alonso Ojembarrena Multiparametric prediction of the risk of Moderate-severe bronchopulmonary dysplasia in neonates born before 30 weeks of gestation
2020 Neosim Research Grant Klara Horvath Success factors in Simulation training: The Effects of Instructor Experience and Scenario Leadership
2020 Nursing Oral PICU Marjorie de Man Parental experiences of their infant’s hospitalization for cardiac surgery, a systematic review
2020 Nursing Oral NICU Ana Kidman Preventing extubation failure in preterm infants with non-invasive respiratory support
2020 Nursing E-Poster Maria Avila Parental experiences of their infant’s hospitalization for cardiac surgey, a systematic review
2019 Young Investigators Award, 1st prize Vijai
0.9% Saline versus Plasma-lyte as initial fluid in children with diabetic Ketoacidosis- a double blind randomized controlled trial
2019 Young Investigators Award, 2nd prize Michael Carter Degraded components of the Endothelial Glycocalyx are associated with Acidosis in children following surgery with Cardiopulmonary Bypass
2019 Medtronic Research Grant Silvia Foligno Near Infra ‐Red Spectroscopy (NIRS) in asphyxiated neonates undergoing whole body cooling to evaluate acute kidney injury
2019 Getinge Research Grant Anne-Sylvie Ramelet ChrOnic CriTical illness in Pediatric intensive care in Switzerland (OCToPuS): Needs and psychosocial outcomes of families
2019 Neosim Research Grant Reinis Balmaks Improvement of Neonatal Resuscitation Outcome Through Simulation in Latvia
2019 Nursing Oral NICU Elizabeth Pichler Stachl Impact of parental age on parental stress experience after birth of a preterm neonate admitted to NICU
2019 Nursing Oral PICU Maria Avila Translation of a Brazilian educational booklet for Hydrocephalus into the Spanish Language of Spain
2019 Nursing E-Poster NICU Anna Brás Evidence-based standardized procedure to the Car-seat challenge in a NICU
2019 Nursing E-Poster PICU Maria Bereghnaya XENON as component of complex therapy of polytrauma in children
2018 Young Investigators Award, 1st prize Navin Boeddha Mortality and Morbidity in community-Acquired sepsis in European paediatric Intensive Care units: A prospective cohort study from the European childhood life-threatening infectious Disease Study (EUCLIDS)
2018 Young Investigators Award, 2nd prize Caroline Claude Paediatric Cirrhosis in PICU: Survival prognostic factors in a large European multicentric cohort
2018 Getinge Research Grant Dr. Matteo Di Nardo Ventilator induced diaphragm dysfunction in pediatric critically ill patients
2018 Nursing Oral NICU Monique Petrov Quality improvement: infection prevention of CLABSI in the NICU by implementing central line care maintainance bundle into nursing practice
2018 Nursing Oral PICU Rachel Bower How does a safety culture in PICU influence nurses?​
2018 Nursing E-Poster NICU Manuela Filippa Emotion attribution in nonverbal vocal communication directed to preterm infants in the NICU
2018 Nursing E-Poster PICU Marla Avila Brazilian educational booklet for hydrocephalus: evaluation of the caregivers’ knowledge and behavior
2017 Young Investigators Award, 1st prize Matias Rantanen Population Pharmacokinetics of Propofol in Critically Ill Preterm and Neonates
2017 Young Investigators Award, 2nd prize Samiran Ray A Comparison of Non-Invasive Oscillometric and Invasive Arterial Blood Pressure Measurements in Paediatric Intensive Care Units
2017 Nursing Oral NICU Andreane Lavalle Intervention for Parental Participation in Preterm Infants’ Positioning for Neurological Development and Parental sensitivity: A Pilot Study
2017 Nursing Oral PICU Jenna Spry Paediatric Intensive Care (PIC) Nurses’ Experiences of Caring for Children When Care Changes from Curative to Palliative or End-of-Life Care
2017 Nursing E-Poster NICU Marilyn Aita Key interventions to enhance preterm infants’ neurobehavioral development in the NICU: guiding an evidence-based neonatal clinical practice
2017 Nursing E-Poster PICU Daniele Barros Analysis of vancomycin chloridrate and sodium heparin solutions used for antimicrobial lock therapy in children
2017 Special prize Nursing E-poster PICU Silva Kostylioviene Nurses knowledge about secretion suctioning from tracheostomy tube before and after training
2016 Young Investigators Award, 1st prize Raymond Stegeman Primary coronary stent implantation is a safe bridge to surgery in very low birth weight infants with a critical aortic coarctation
2016 Young Investigators Award, 2nd prize Navin Boeddha HLA-DR expression on monocyte subpopulations in critically ill children
2016 Young Investigators Award, 3rd prize Davide Vecchio Prevention of nosocomial infections and surveillance of emerging resistances in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU): a six-year prospective cohort study
2016 Nursing Oral NICU Rachel Homer
Roos Sterk
Parent care tags: engaging parents in care on the neonatal unit Hyperoxygenation of newborns on AVEA CPAP with FiO2 >21%
2016 Nursing Oral PICU 1st prize Marcel Tinnevelt Safety and efficacy of early extubation after fontan surgery with the use of nitric oxide delivery with high flow nasal canula
2016 Nursing Oral PICU 2nd prize Danijela Milanovic We do care – improving the reporting of adverse events among nurses in department of pediatric surgery and intensive care of university medical centre ljubljana
2016 Nursing E-Poster NICU Laura Marques-Rio Neonatal discomfort during ambulance transportation
2015 Young Investigators Award, 1st prize Luc Morin Pediatric refractory septic shock definition. An ESPNIC infection, systemic inflammation, and sepsis section study
2015 Young Investigators Award, 2nd prize Tobias Krieger Benchmarking Neonatal Ventilators
2015 Nursing Oral NICU Pia Lundqvist Development and psychometric properties of a new pain and stress assessment scale for newborn infants
2014 Young Investigators Award, 1st prize Merih Cetinkaya Association of e-NOS gene polymorphism in development of bronchopulmonary dysplasia
2014 Nursing Oral NICU N. Herranz Development of a parent’s guide for newborn with hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy
2014 Nursing Oral PICU A. K. Thomson Parents experience of the follow-up conversation in the paediatric intensive care unit (PICU) after death of a child_End of life and Quality of life
2014 Nursing E-Poster NICU A. Vaskelyte Parental needs in Neonatal Intensive Care
2014 Nursing E-Poster PICU P.L. Dreschler The development of a pediatric pain History
2013 Nursing Oral NICU Ms Schuetz- Haemmerli Losing and regaining a taken for grantedness
2013 Nursing Oral PICU MsMagner The impact of analgesia and sedation guidelines in an Irish PICU
2013 Best Medical Paediatric Oral Paper Ms E. Charles The potential for organ donation amongst specialist children’s hospital neonatal population
2013 Best Nursing Poster Neonatal Award Ms Steinnes Is the echelle douleur et incomfort nouveau a valid and sensitive pain measurement in preterm Neonates
2013 Best Nursing Poster Paediatric Award Ms Byrne Nurses’ view on approaching parents about research within the PICU