When the Danish Chiropractor's Association (DKF) rejoined the European Chiropractor's Union (ECU), it was decided to establish a European research institute, the European Centre for Chiropractic Research Excellence (ECCRE), and place it at Kiropraktorernes Videnscenter/the Chiropractic Knowledge Hub (formerly the Nordic Institute for Chiropractic and Clinical Biomechanics (NIKKB) in Odense, Denmark.

The aim of the new research institute is to contribute to further development and strengthening of musculoskeletal research in Europe. Placing the research institute at the Chiropractic Knowledge Hub will undoubtedly contribute towards that goal because of the possible synergies between researchers at The Chiropractic Knowledge Hub and ECCRE.

ECCRE was formally founded in connection with the ECU Convention in May 2016 in Oslo, Norway. The stakeholders ECU and DKF have appointed a board for ECCRE, consisting of two representatives from DKF and two from ECU. DKF appointed Lone Kousgaard Jørgensen and Michael Christensen to the board, while Vasileios Gkolfinopoulos, President of ECU and Rishi Loatey, Treasurer of ECU, were appointed by ECU.


The strategy, policy and bylaws of ECCRE are outlined in the documents Strategy and policy (PDF) and ECCRE_By-Laws (PDF) (click on the links to open and read the strategy, policy and bylaws)


Once a year ECCRE invites researchers from the ECU member countries to apply for grants for musculoskeletal research. If you wish to apply for a grant, you can download the relevant forms following these links:
Grant application form (Word)
Budget application form (Excel)

The next deadline for applying for a grant from ECCRE is 1 February 2022. Click here to read more: Deadline ECCRE grant applications 2022. The completed application form, budget application form and appendicies must be submitted to

Reporting forms: 
Progress report (Word)
Final report (Word)


ECCRE has three research prizes:
1. The ECCRE Research Award
2. The ECCRE Best Presented Research Award
3. The ECCRE Young Researcher of the Year Award

The three prizes and guidelines are presented here:

The ECCRE Research Award (EUR 7,500)
This prize cannot be applied for but will be assigned to an international research person or institution, which have done an outstanding and unique contribution to research within the chiropractic field in Europe. Any ECU member can nominate candidates for this prize.

The ECCRE board will decide to which candidate the prize should be assigned.

The ECCRE Best Presented Research Award (EUR 3,500 – financed by the ECU Convention budget)
This prize will be assigned to a researcher who has submitted an original abstract to the ECU conference at a given year. It will be with a focus on the presentation performance on research projects of an excellent quality.

The Advisory Academic Committee (AAC) will evaluate the original research abstracts and the presentation at the conference.

The ECCRE Young Researcher of the Year Award (EUR 2,000)
This prize will be assigned to a young researcher, who has submitted an abstract to the ECU conference at a given year. There will be a focus on a person, who is an early career researcher with a talent and a dedication to pursue a full-time research career within the chiropractic profession. The research should be of excellent quality

Criteria to be named young:

  • Not necessarily followed a formal research career, produced less than 10 peer reviewed articles
  • Maximum 3 years after having been assigned the PhD degree (shall be documented)
  • Has a goal of working as a full-time researcher

The AAC will evaluate the original research abstracts done by young researchers at the conference


To contact ECCRE, please use the postal adress or mail adress below:

c/o Kiropraktorernes Videnscenter
Syddansk Universitet
Campusvej 55
5230 Odense M

European Centre for Chiropractic Research Excellence