Call for ASAS Research Grant

The call for ASAS Research Grant is open. Deadline: 1st July 2023.

Purpose of the ASAS Research Grant

  • To encourage young ASAS clinicians and researchers to perform clinical research on axial or peripheral spondyloarthritis.
  • This grant is directed towards clinicians/researchers at an early career stage (in training/ rheumatology fellows and junior faculty) preferably before 5 years of training completion, with an interest in SpA

Conditions and requirements

  • Early career within 5 years since training completion.
  • ASAS membership (associate or full member).
  • Applicant can work on the research project in his/her own centre or another ASAS centre (in the same country or abroad), as preferred.
  • Research project should focus on clinical research (i.e. not basic research) in SpA (including axSpA and pSpA, but not on PsA).
  • Fluent in English or in the language of the hosting country (if applicable)
  • Stipend: up to 2 grants per year, € 25.000 each, intended to support travel, accommodation and living costs only. Duration: 6-12 months.
  • Research project should start after granting the project.
  • Approved projects should be completed by the end of the award period.
  • Results of the scientific work will be presented during the annual ASAS workshop. Abstract submissions to the annual EULAR and ACR meetings and the SpA Congress in Gent are encouraged. Full publications of the projects are expected.
  • Funding of ASAS should be acknowledged in all communications.

Guidelines for the ASAS Research Grant / Internship

Application should include:

General notes

  • Application form completed by the applicant and host centre should be submitted to
  • Award selection will be performed by the Executive and Advisory Committees. Committee members supporting grant applications (or working in the same centre) will be recused from the selection process of the individual application in conflict.

Awarded ASAS Research Grants

2022 ASAS Grants

  • Sinead Maguire, Project: “Pregnancy in Axial Spondyloarthropathy: Unanswered Questions & Unknown Outcomes, an Opportunity to reach Conclusions”, Dublin, Ireland and Toronto, Canada

2021 ASAS Grants

  • Faten Hamitouche, Project: “Determinants of clinically important worsening in early axial spondyloarthritis”, Paris, France
  • Stan Corné Kieskamp, Project: “Determinants of clinically important worsening in early axial spondyloarthritis”, Groningen, the Netherlands
  • Katharina Ziegeler, Project: “Anatomical variation of the sacroiliac joint – clinical significance in the context of sacroiliitis imaging”, Berlin, Germany

2020 ASAS Grants

  • Clementina Lopez Medina, Project: “Development of deep learning algorithm to predict positive MRI-SIJ according to the ASAS definition in patients with recent axial spondyloarthriits”, Paris, France

2019 ASAS Grants

  • Imke Redeker, Project “Development and validation of a computer-based algorithm for the detection of active and chronic inflammatory changes compatible with spondyloarthritis on magnetic resonance imaging of the sacroiliac joints”, Berlin, Germany
  • Rianne von Bentum, Projects “Validation of the Ankylosing Spondylitis Performance-based Improvement (ASPI) test in Chilean SpA patients” and “The association between adipose tissue dysfunction and disease activity in Ankylosing Spondylitis – a proof of concept study”, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2018 ASAS Grants

  • Manouk de Hooge – Ghent, Belgium
  • Elena Nikiphorou – Leiden, The Netherlands
  • Marlies Carbo – Groningen, The Netherlands

2017 ASAS Grants

  • Marion Senlis-Pons – Paris, France
  • Mikhail Protopopov – Berlin, Germany
  • Gaelle Varkas – Ghent, Belgium

2015 ASAS Grants

  • Lennart Jans – Ghent, Belgium

2014 ASAS Grants

  • Anna Molto – Paris, France
  • Victoria Navarro – Madrid, Spain
  • Thorsten Diekhoff – Berlin, Germany