EHA Kick-off Grants

The call for applications will close on September 10, 2024, at 15:00 (CEST).  Apply now

The EHA Kick-off Grant is a one-year grant intended to support basic and translational early career researchers in hematology.

Do you have a new research question but lack solid preliminary data? This grant aims to kick off novel concepts and ideas, and thus support high-risk but potentially high-impact research ideas that do not yet have proof-of-principle data behind them.

An EHA Kick-off Grant:

  • Lasts for a period of one year
  • Provides a financial award of up to €50,000


General criteria

You must be an EHA member or EHA guest to apply for an EHA Kick-off Grant.

You can be of any nationality, but your institute must be an academic research center or proven equivalent and located in Europe.

In all cases, your application must:

  • Have the support of an academic department and institute
  • Relate to basic and translational lab-based research in hematology

Specific criteria

You'll be eligible if one of the following statements applies to your circumstances.

  • You received a PhD less than eight years before the closing date listed above. If this is not the case, you must provide a justification.
  • You are a PhD student in the final year of your study and are enrolled in a PostDoc position.
  • You are an MD with a keen interest in pursuing a career in research. You received your MD or PhD less than eight years before the closing date listed above—whichever graduation date came last.

If you received your MD or PhD outside of this timeframe, please check our policy on life events and eligibility. If the policy applies to you, you can ask us to extend the period of eligibility.

If you have questions about your eligibility, you can contact us at before submitting an application.

Eligible proposals

To be eligible, a proposal must:

  • Be hypothesis driven and designed around a strong and novel scientific question
  • Focus on hypothesis testing and not hypothesis generation
  • Have focused ideas, with achievable results within the one-year timeframe

Your application will not be eligible if it:

  • Relates to the development of commercial technology, unless there is a solid research question behind it.
  • Is aimed at descriptive molecular profiling
  • Is about other non-lab-based research

What the grant covers

For guidance on what you can you do with the funds, read our page about how you can use an EHA Kick-off Grant.

How to apply

If you want to submit an application, read our EHA Kick-off Grant application guidance.