The EASDec Skills Transfer Awards 2023

EASDec is pleased to announce its 4th round of the Skills Transfer Awards. The aim is to promote the transfer of scientific and clinical skills within Europe through short term placements to acquire laboratory techniques or clinical skills. Up to two awards will be given each year with the aim of fostering collaborations between institutions across Europe. Previous winners » are listed at the end of this page.

Please note: enquiries about the awards should be sent to

About the Award

A list of active research and specialist clinical centres in Europe who have agreed to offer placements to trainees is available here »

The award is for up to Euro 10,000 to cover stipend, travel, accommodation and consumables.

Candidates may apply for an award to undertake a period of:

  1. research observership to gain a laboratory skill or technique and foster links between research labs in Europe
  2. clinical observership to acquire diagnostic and or clinical management skills, clinical research techniques, grading or image analysis

Proposals must be made via the outline application form. The application should indicate the area of skills to be transferred in diabetic eye complications, and what will be the benefit to the successful candidate and to their institution.

The application process will be in three stages.

Stage 1: Completion of the outline application form ». You will be asked to describe the area of skills transfer in diabetic eye complications, identify a sponsor and identify up to three preferred training centres »

Stage 2: Outline applications will be reviewed by members of the EASDec Board for eligibility and forwarded to the proposed training centre(s) for their agreement in principle.

Stage 3: On receipt of agreement in principle from one or more training centre(s) you will be sent a full application for you and the host institution to complete jointly. Full applications will be reviewed by independent academic assessors and members of the EASDec Board and successful applicants notified.

Terms and Conditions

  1. Awards are restricted to residents of European countries, with relevant basic experience, affiliated to recognised institutions, and placements must take place in European centres.
  2. Candidates should have attended a previous EASDec or be registered for the next annual meeting.
  3. The duration of placements is flexible but must be appropriate for the planned placement, skills(s) to be transferred and the experience of the trainee, and typically be no more than 12 months. Funding must be taken up within 12 months of formal notification of receipt of award.
  4. Applications from trainees from institutions of members of the review committee will be accepted but any conflicts of interest should be declared. The panel will take these into consideration during the selection process.
  5. Awards will be made to the host institution with an agreed timeline in the form of a grant to the host trainer.
  6. A written report should be submitted to the EASDec Board and the results presented to the EASDec annual meeting as an abstract.



  • Details of Awards announced: 22 February 2023
  • Stage 1 - Outline application deadline: 10 March 2023
  • Stage 2 - Review of applications: 23 March 2023
  • Stage 3 - Full applications invited: early May (opportunity to review applications during EASDec Annual meeting) 6 weeks deadline for submission.
  • Successful Awards announced: the latest on the annual EAsDEC Coference taking place in Coimbra, Portugal, 1-3 June 2023

Links to documents:-

  1. Host training centres »
  2. Outline application form »

Previous Winners of the Award

2019 Award

Dr Georgios Bontzos, Ophthalmology Resident, Red Cross Hospital, Athens, Greece spent a one month visit at the Centre for Public Health, Queen's University Belfast with Professor Tunde Peto, Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology to improving his knowledge of the imaging techniques and management of the screening programme for diabetic retinopathy.

2018 Award

Dr Natalia Palarie Ophthalmologist, International Clinic, Orhei, Moldova, Research Associate, Laboratory of Endocrinology, State University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Chisinau, Moldova, will spend two one month visits at the Diabetes and Metabolism Research Unit Vall d'Hebron Research institute Barcelona with Professor Rafael Simo, Professor of Medicine and Endocrinology. Dr Palarie will gain skills in the management of diabetic retinopathy and design a clinical study to be undertaken in Moldova.

 2017 Award

Dr Lokman Balyen Department of Ophthalmology,  Faculty of Medicine, Kafkas University, Kars, Turkey
Dr Balyen will spend 10 weeks at the Centre for Public Health, Queen's University Belfast with Professor Tunde Peto, Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology learning basic clinical and service management skills in diabetic retinopathy that will help people with diabetes in Turkey.



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