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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.


  • 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…