With the start of Amsterdam Cardiovascular Sciences (ACS) research institute on the 1st of January 2016, ACS provided funds to support talented ACS researchers and to stimulate collaboration between ACS researchers within Amsterdam UMC. Each year several calls have been organized for ACS researchers at different stages of their careers.

Each year, ACS organizes grant rounds for the Postdoc grant (€140,000/70,000), MD/PhD grant (€25,000) and Nursing Research grant (€25,000).

The Postdoc and MD/PhD grants are for excellent young basic and clinical researchers, respectively, and aim to support talented ACS researchers. The Postdoc grant had three options this year for the first time. Current ACS researchers could apply for a project abroad or inside ACS, or an external researcher could apply for a position inside ACS. The MD/PhD grant covers one day a week protected research time for a two-year post-doctoral project for medical specialists in training. The Nursing Research grant was introduced in 2021 and allows nurses with a Master’s degree to have 1.5 day a week protected research time in order to prepare a PhD trajectory in the cardiovascular field in combination with clinical duties as a nurse.

Congratulations to all awardees!

PostDoc Grant

Chantal van Opbergen

2 years. DNA damage and loss of nuclear envelope integrity as triggers of sudden cardiac death in the young

Melany Rios Morales

1 year. Unraveling fructose catabolism: intestinal fructose-driven gluconeogenesis as an anti-obesity mechanism

MD-PhD Grants

Ilias Attaye

Sex- and ethnic specific metabolism of dietary acid load in chronic kidney disease and cardio-metabolic disease

Jeroen Wessels

The right heart phenotype and clinical outcomes in pulmonary hypertension

Nursing Research Grant

Lieke Kuitert

The Effect of Virtual Reality on Preoperative Anxiety in Cardiothoracic Surgery Patients