The European Federation for Medicinal Chemistry (EFMC) is an independent association representing medicinal chemistry societies in Europe. Its objective is to advance the science of medicinal chemistry by promoting cooperation and networking, by providing training and mentoring, by rewarding scientific excellence, and by facilitating communication and influencing stakeholders.

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EFMC Grants

EFMC is funding grants for EFMC organised events with the aim to support the participation of young academic scientists. Upon application, a limited number of full registration fees for EFMC-ISMC, EFMC-ASMC, ACSMEDI-EFMC Medicinal Chemistry Frontiers and up to 50% of the registration fee for the EFMC Short Courses or the EFMC Accredited School will be covered by EFMC. To apply for an EFMC grant, please fill in the application form before the deadline and upload your CV, publication list, abstract, motivation letter and support letter from the supervisor.

Grant applications for the following events are open:

  • 14th EFMC Short Course on Medicinal Chemistry - Peptide Therapeutics: Inspiring Beacon of Hope for the Pharmaceutical Future
    (deadline for application is March 1, 2018) - Link to the Event
  • EFMC-IMSC 2018 - XXV EFMC International Symposium on Medicinal Chemistry
    (deadline for application is March 28, 2018
    ) - Link to the Event
  • 5th EFMC Young Medicinal Chemist Symposium
    (only in combination with the EFMC-ISMC 2018)
    - Link to the Event

Please be informed that following new EFMC regulations, only the members of an EFMC National Adhering Organisation will be allowed to apply for the EFMC grants.

EFMC Roche Studentships

One of the goals of the EFMC is to enhance interactions at the industry/academia interface and to promote improved cooperation between the pharmaceutical industry and academia. EFMC therefore proposed an opportunity to broaden the awareness to European University based chemistry students of the EFMC activities by rewarding excellence accomplished during a medicinal chemistry internship in industry.

The first EFMC-Roche studentships have been announced at the EFMC ISMC Symposium held in Berlin on September 2012 by Ulrich Stilz (EFMC President) and Torsten Hoffmann (Roche). The recipients were Nicole Trainor (Imperial College, UK) and Claudio Grünenfelder (ETH Zürich, Switzerland). 

The second EFMC-Roche studentships were conferred in Lisbon on occassion of the EFMC-ISMC Symposium, held on September 7-11, 2014. Corentine Laurin (University of Glasgow, UK) and Johannes Lehmann (TU München, Germany) were the recipients.

The third EFMC-Roche studentships were confered in Rehovot (Israel) on the occasion of the 6th International Symposium on Advances in Medicinal Chemistry, held on November 15-18, 2015. Robert Gillespie (University of York, United Kingdom) and Patrick Williamson (University of St Andrews, United Kingdom) were the recipients.

EFMC hopes that other companies supporting medicinal chemistry internship students can recognise excellence in this way. If you are interested in more information please contact

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