Clinical Research Collaborations

The ERS Clinical Research Collaborations (CRC) 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.

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.

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).

For additional insight about the CRC programme, please refer to the editorial published in the European Respiratory Journal in August. 2018.

How to apply for the CRC programme?

For the period 2021-2023, ERS would like to highlight a gap in the CRC portfolio of activities in both Lung Cancer and Pandemic preparedness, and would like to encourage proposals in these areas. These topics will not be favoured in the reviewing process, but if applications were equally rated by reviewers, this would be an important criteria for selecting one over the other.

o The next annual CRC proposal deadline is 15 October, 2020 at 23:59 (CEST).

o Please refer the instructions in the CRC guidelines before applying.

o Submit your application through the ERS CRC application platform prior to the deadline.

o The results will be announced by the end of February, 2021

Proposals are accepted based on their scientific excellence and potential impact. Should you have any questions regarding the application process, please contact the ERS scientific department.

Ongoing CRCs

To date, 23 projects have been supported by the CRC programme. In 2020, 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
2020 BEAT PCD - Better Experimental Approaches to Treat Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia Amelia Shoemark, Myrofora Goutaki -
2020 CPA net - Chronic Pulmonary Aspergillosis research network Helmut J. F. Salzer, Aleksandra Barac -
2020 PELICAN - Prematurity’s Effects on the Lungs In Children and Adults Network Shannon Simpson, Jenny Hallberg -
2019 e-GLILDnet - A European Granulomatous-Lymphocytic Interstitial Lung Disease Network John Hurst, Klaus Warnatz Find out more / Editorial April 2020
2019 CICERO - Collaboration In COPD ExaceRbatiOns Mona Bafadhel, Wim Janssens Find out more / Editorial March 2020
2019 PHAROS - severe Pulmonary Hypertension mAnagement acROSs Europe Olivier Stibon, Abilio Reis Find out more / Editorial May 2020
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 Find out more / Editorial May 2019
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 Editorial May 2019
2017 Renewed in 2020 PEX-NET - Pulmonary hemodynamics during exercise - research network Horst Olschewski, Philippe Herve Editorial April 2019
2017 Renewed in 2020 SHARP - Severe Heterogenous Asthma Research collaboration, Patient-centered Ratko Djukanović, Elisabeth Bel, Dominique Hamerlijnck, Toni Latimer-Gibson Find out more / Editorial November 2018
2016 ARIANE-IPF - ERS pan-European IPF registry and biobank Bruno Crestani, Vincent Cottin Editorial May 2019
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