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EFIC-Grünenthal-Grant (E-G-G)

For two decades, this world-leading innovation grant has funded pioneering research. It supports early-career scientists and physicians to launch their professional journeys in pain research within member countries of the European Pain Federation EFIC®.

Grünenthal provides up to €110,000 of funding for this grant each year. Individual research grants worth a maximum of €50,000 are available for projects with a duration of up to two years. These grants are allocated by a sub-group of the EFIC® Working Group for Grants and Prizes. They directly target clinical and human experimental pain research, including innovative educational initiatives that improve pain diagnosis and treatment.

EFIC Grünenthal Grant application process diagram


  • Approximately €1.8 million awarded since 2004.
  • 70 projects successfully funded.
  • 14 countries represented.


  • Funding for pioneering pain research.
  • Freedom and independence for scientific projects.
  • Exposure and publicity for early-career scientists.
  • Networking opportunities across the pain research community.


Are you an early-career pain scientist? Apply for the E-G-G! The application process is fully online and all documents must be in English.

You will need:

  • A research plan.
  • A budget plan.
  • Your CV.
  • A letter of recommendation.

You can find further information on the EFIC® webpage.


  • 1 February, 2024: Application phase open.
  • 2 September, 2024: Application phase closed.
  • September to October 2024: Evaluation phase.
  • January 2025: Announcement of winners.

Researchers who are passionate about broadening our understanding of pain and its pathophysiology are now encouraged to apply for the E-G-G 2025. The grant offers an exciting starting point for early-career innovators who want to launch their scientific career with powerful momentum.


Get inspired by some of the people and projects that have successfully won an E-G-G grant! You will find videos and interviews in this special section…

News & Stories around our research Grant E-G-G