Clinical Research Collaborations
The ERS Clinical Research Collaborations (CRCs) programme provides support to projects in different areas of respiratory medicine, to build and maintain European multi-centre networks of researchers, from both within and outside of the Society.
CRCs are an ideal collaborative platform to involve multiple stakeholders in the projects, such as clinical researchers and translational researchers, with representatives from other specialties, including radiologists, biostatisticians, associated funding partners, patients.
This multidisciplinary approach fosters a dynamic scientific community and has the ultimate aim of advancing science and clinical research in a specific disease area, and to improve respiratory health and medicine.
ERS strongly encourages early-career member involvement to support their career development, in addition to patient engagement and public input into CRCs through the collaboration with the European Lung Foundation (ELF).
Each year, the ERS CRC programme funds a variety of projects by encouraging proposals that address an identified gap in the current CRC portfolio of activities. CRCs are funded for a 3-year period, and a project's progress is evaluated annually. For additional insight about the CRC please refer to the Editorial published in the European Respiratory Journal in August 2018
How to apply for CRC funding
- The next annual CRC proposal deadline is 15th October, 2019
- Please refer to the CRC Guidelines for further instructions.
- On July 2019, the ERS will provide an ‘highlight notice’ in order to encourage proposals that address an identified gap in the current CRC portfolio of activities. These topics will not be favoured during the review process, but if applications are equally rated by reviewers, this would be an important criteria for selecting one project over another.
Should you have any questions regarding the application process, please contact the ERS Scientific department.
To date, 20 projects have been supported by the CRC programme. In 2019, three new CRCs have been awarded, and a further two were renewed. See below for details:
|Start Date||Project : Acronym and title||CRC Chairs||Information|
|2019||e-GLILDnet - A European Granulomatous-Lymphocytic Interstitial Lung Disease Network||John Hurst, Klaus Warnatz||-|
|2019||CICERO - Collaboration In COPD ExaceRbatiOns||Mona Bafadhel, Wim Janssens||-|
|2019||PHAROS - severe Pulmonary Hypertension mAnagement acROSs Europe||Olivier Stibon, Abilio Reis||-|
|2018||CADSET - Chronic Airway DiSeases Early sTratification||Alvar Agustí, Wisia Wedzicha||Find out more / Editorial March 2019|
|2018||EARCO - European Alpha-1 research COllaboration||Marc Miravitlles, Timm Greulich||Find out more / Editorial February 2019|
|2018||NEUROCOUGH - New understanding in the treatment of cough - Clinical Research Collaboration: A pan-European multi-centre network to improve the management of cough||Lorcan McGarvey, Lieven Dupont||-|
|2018||WEAN SAFE - Worldwide assessment of separation of patients from ventilator assistance||John Laffey, Leo Heunks||Find out more / Editorial March 2019|
|2017||ICE db - The International Collaborative Effusion database||Nick Maskell, Julius Janssen||-|
|2017||PEX-NET - Pulmonary hemodynamics during exercise - research network||Horst Olschewski, Philippe Herve||Editorial April 2019|
|2017||SHARP - Severe Heterogenous Asthma Research collaboration, Patient-centered||Ratko Djukanović, Elisabeth Bel, Dominique Hamerlijnck, Toni Latimer-Gibson||Editorial November 2018|
|2016||ARIANE-IPF - ERS pan-European IPF registry and biobank||Bruno Crestani, Vincent Cottin||-|
|2016 Renewed in 2019||ChILDEU - The European research collaboration for Children's Interstitial Lung Disease||Steve Cunningham, Nico Schwerk||Website / Editorial December 2018|
|2016||GLI - The Global Lung function Initiative network||Sanja Stanojevic, Graham L Hall||Find out more / Editorial February 2019|
|2016||RATIONAL - Real life Assessment of Targeted and Immunotherapies in lung cancer care research network||Thierry Berghmans, Jacques Cadranel||-|
|2016 Renewed in 2019||SPACE - Severe Paediatric Asthma Collaborative in Europe - Enhancing participation of asthmatic children in therapeutic trials of new biologics and receptor blockers||Jonathan Grigg, Franca Rusconi||Editorial October 2018|
|2015||ENIRRIs - The European Network for ICU-Related Respiratory Infections||Antoni Torres, Ignacio Martin-Loeches||Editorial January 2019|
|2015 renewed in 2018||ESADA - European sleep apnoea database||Jan Hedner, Marisa Bonsignore||ESADA database / Editorial October 2018|
|2015 renewed in 2018||TBNET - TuBerculosis Network European Trials group||Frank ven Leth, Graham Bothamley||Find out more / Editorial January 2019|
|2014 renewed in 2017||EMBARC - European Multicentre Bronchiesctasis Audit and Research Collaboration||James Chalmers, Eva Polverino||EMBARC webpage/ Editorial November 2018|
|2014 renewed in 2017||INCIRCLE - INternational Collaboration to Improve Respiratory health in Children||Peter Sly, Zoltan Hantos||Editorial December 2018|