ESACT Grants

ESACT Grants provide travel support for PhD students and young academic researchers within 3 years of their graduation from a PhD programme. In special situations such as parental leave or prolonged illness the 3 years period can be extended if documentation is provided.

Supported topics

  • Participation in courses and workshops that teach topics of relevance to Animal Cell Technology
  • Participation in conferences and meetings to present results in the field of Animal Cell Technology, either as an oral or poster presentation
  • Short term research stays at other academic labs

Participation in the ESACT Meetings or courses organized by ESACT are exempt of this program, as there are specific grants given by the respective organizers.

Support amount

Grants provided are a contribution towards coverage of registration fee, accommodation and/or travel as documented (currently not more than 500 Euros for non-overseas locations and not more than 1000 Euros for overseas locations).

Decision criteria

Grants are provided based on the following criteria:

  • Quality of the abstract submitted or of the proposed research project to be performed during a lab visit
  • Relevance of the motivation statement to Animal Cell Technology, as well as the candidate’s actual research and future career

Additional rules

  • Each individual can receive an ESACT grant only twice (as PhD student & early career researcher).
  • The recipient must present the ESACT Logo on the poster or presentation to acknowledge support by ESACT.
  • ESACT grants will not be granted to support attendance at any of the commercially organised conferences.
  • If several group members from the same lab apply to attend the same meeting, only the one with the highest rating from that group will be chosen, irrespective of overall rating.

Grant Winners 2018

In the year 2018 we have already awarded grants to the first applicants.

Moritz Wolf

ETH Zuerich, Switzerland

“The ESACT Grand allowed me to attend the Cell Culture Engineering Conference XVI in Tampa (FL), which allowed me to share my most recent research with experts from industry and academia. In addition, the conference provided diverse insights into the hot topics of the cell culture engineering and was an excellecent network opportunity.”

Robson Amaral

University of Sao Paolo, Brazil

“Receiving the ESACT Grant means a lot to me! Taking part in the 3D Cell Culture Congress 2018 in Germany and talking to a lot of other researchers in this field was an inspiring and highly motivating experience for me.”

Nadja Raab

University of Applied Sciences Biberach, Germany

“Receiving the ESACT Grant allowed me to participate in the ECI cell culture engineering conference 2018, which provided diverse insights into current subjects of cell line engineering, highly qualified scientific exchange as well as new approaches and ideas for my PhD work”

Nicolas Marx

Department of Biotechnology,
University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna, Austria

“With the help of the ESACT Grant I was able to attend the Cell Culture Engineering Conference XVI in Tampa (FL) where I could share my recent research with a high-profile scientific community both from academia and industry. The conference also provided excellent networking opportunities and allowed great discussions with leaders in the field.”

Hai-Yuan Goh

Advanced Centre for Biochemical Engineering,
Department of Biochemical Engineering,
University College London, United Kingdom

The ESACT grant has been a great help in supporting my travel to the 255th ACS National Meeting (Division of Biochemical Technology-BIOT) in New Orleans on “Rapid process monitoring & control in mammalian cell culture using off-gas mass spectrometry analysis”. It has been an eye-opening and intense experience of sharing knowledge and having interactions with people across various disciplines, in academia and industry alike. It is through conferences like this that enables cross fertilisation of ideas & ESACT has provided me with the opportunity to do so!

Grant Winners 2017

In the year 2017 we have given grants to a total of 8 applicants. Here are some of them.

Cristiana Lungu

Institute of Cell Biology and Immunology,
University of Stuttgart, Germany

“I am very grateful to the ESACT Society for providing me with travel support to attend the Cytoskeleton 2017 meeting. Taking part in this conference strongly supported the transition I have undertaken in the topic of my research from my PhD to PostDoc. The extensive knowledge I have accumulated during this short time enabled me to better plan my direction of research and build novel hypotheses. Without the ESACT support this process would have been more tedious.”

Valerie Schmieder

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Early Stage Researcher of the “eCHO Systems” Innovative Training Network

“By receiving the ESACT grant, I got the possibility to share my results at the 20th Biochemical and Molecular Engineering Conference in the US. Moreover, I gained innovative ideas for my future work and I was able to network with the eminent scientific community present at this inspiring conference.”

Grant Winners 2016

In the year 2016 we had 11 winners of a grant. Here are some of them.

Alexander Nikolay

Upstream Processing,
Max Planck Institute for Dynamics of Complex Technical Systems, Magdeburg, Germany


“The ESACT Grant allowed me to present results on a vaccine conference. Fruitful discussions with industry led to new aspects of my PhD project and a better calibration of my work to answer current and future problems in vaccine production.”

Ramón Román

Fermentation Pilot Plant (PPF),
Chemical Engineering Department of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), Barcelona, Spain


“Thanks to the ESACT Grant, I could present a poster about some of my PhD work at the ECB2016 Congress (Krakow).”


To apply for an ESACT Grant please fill in the contact form below. Applications will be reviewed by the XC (results to be expected not earlier than 30 days after deadline). Decisions are made based on the quality of the information submitted below (specifically based on the statement of motivation and your abstract), so please make sure that you provide all relevant information.
Only the best candidates will receive funding!

Please make sure your supervisor is informed about your application. If approved, the transfer of the awarded sum will be initiated after receipt of an expense statement by the treasurer.

Application deadlines are January 1st, May 1st and September 1st each year.