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 September 2018 here: Editorial August 2018.

Applications 2019-2022

Applications are selected on scientific excellence and potential impact.

For the period 2019-2022, ERS would like to highlight a gap in the CRC portfolio of activities in both Sarcoidosis and COPD exacerbation, and would like to encourage proposals in these disease areas.

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.

  • The next annual CRC proposal deadline is 15 October, 2018 at 23:59 (CEST)
  • The results will be announced by the end of February, 2019

How to apply for CRC funding

Please refer to the instructions in the CRC Guidelines before applying, and send your completed application electronically to the ERS Scientific department prior to the deadline.

The application is considered as complete when it contains:

  1. The CRC Application Form completed
  2. The Conflict of Interest Declaration Form for both CRC Chairs
  3. A Short list of references for both CRC Chairs, justifying their expertise in the fields and their role/responsibility in the CRC

If you have any questions regarding the application process, please contact the ERS Scientific department.

Ongoing CRCs

To date, 17 projects have been supported by the CRC programme. In 2018, four new CRCs have been awarded, and a further two were renewed. See below for details:

Start Date Project : Acronym and title CRC Chairs Information
2018 CADSET - Chronic Airway DiSeases Early sTratification Alvar Agustí, Wisia Wedzicha -
2018 EARCO - European Alpha-1 research COllaboration Marc Miravitlles, Timm Greulich Find out more
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
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 -
2017 SHARP - Severe Heterogenous Asthma Research collaboration, Patient-centered Ratko Djukanović, Elisabeth Bel, Dominique Hamerlijnck, Toni Latimer-Gibson -
2016 ARIANE-IPF - ERS pan-European IPF registry and biobank Bruno Crestani, Vincent Cottin -
2016 ChILDEU - The European research collaboration for Children's Interstitial Lung Disease Steve Cunningham, Nico Schwerk Find out more
2016 GLI - The Global Lung function Initiative network Sanja Stanojevic, Graham L Hall Find out more
2016 RATIONAL - Real life Assessment of Targeted and Immunotherapies in lung cancer care research network Thierry Berghmans, Jacques Cadranel -
2016 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 -
2015 ENIRRIs - The European Network for ICU-Related Respiratory Infections Antoni Torres, Ignacio Martin-Loeches -
2015 renewed in 2018 ESADA - European sleep apnoea database Jan Hedner, Marisa Bonsignore Find out more
2015 renewed in 2018 TBNET - TuBerculosis Network European Trials group Frank ven Leth, Graham Bothamley Find out more
2014 renewed in 2017 EMBARC - European Multicentre Bronchiesctasis Audit and Research Collaboration James Chalmers, Eva Polverino Find out more
2014 renewed in 2017 INCIRCLE - INternational Collaboration to Improve Respiratory health in Children Peter Sly, Zoltan Hantos