EUROCleftNet short visit and exchange programme

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This programme is open to researchers involved in cleft care and prevention and is designed to promote collaborative research in those areas outlined in the EUROCleftNet aims and objectives (below).

ESF Short visit/Exchanges

2 types of grants:

  • Short Visits – up to 15 days,
  • Exchange Visits – from 15 days to 6 months.

Application Procedure for Short Visits

  • o Short description of the proposed RESEARCH project and the aim of the visit (250 words) AND Curriculum Vitae (2 pages)
  • o Address / Contact details of the host
  • o Proposed dates of the visit (Max 15 days)
  • o Estimated travel costs (Max €500)
  • o Accommodation details (Max €85/day)

Reporting guidelines

  • o Payment will not be made until reporting is complete
  • o Within one month of visit
  • o Scientific report, detailing


Description of work done


Future collaboration with host

Any proposed publications 

Priority will be given to members of cleft centres registered on the European Cleft Gateway

Details available from

All applicants must be able to demonstrate that their proposed exchange/short visit falls within the scope of the EUROCleftNet strategy:

Primary objective:

To increase the European capability for cutting edge research aimed at:

(a) improving the quality of care of infants born with cleft lip and palate and

(b) improving knowledge on risk factors (genetic and environmental) with a view to primary prevention.

Steps towards this objective:

  • Development of a strategy for engaging European cleft teams and laboratories in ongoing and new European research collaborations initiative.
  • Involvement of users in research design and development of outcomes measures for orofacial clefts. 
  • Encourage research initiatives that are aimed towards improving minimum standards of cleft care, universal access to care and equality of care.
  • Development of a priority list of questions for patient-centred research in the field of orofacial clefts.

Strategic action points and priorities

  • To create a Directory of Resources to facilitate research.
  • To continue to promote the concept of collaboration between clinicians and geneticists in research (which underpinned the success of Eurocran).
  • To initiate a portfolio of externally funded clinical and genetics research.
  • To engage with a wide range of stakeholders (including beyond Europe) to ensure that this ESF is able to address orofacial clefting holistically and globally.
  • To communicate and disseminate research findings through local, national and international networks

Peter A Mossey (Chairman, Steering Group)