Research and Networking Grants – Previous Awardees

2017 - Three awards were made of €50.000 each to the following;

  • Frederic Gottrand with 1 collaborator: Eosinophilic esophagitis in Esophageaeal Atresia Study.
  • Luisa Mearin with with 16 collaborators: Early feeding and the risk of Coeliac Disease and Autoimmunity in children from high risk families: Prevent CD study.
  • Merrit Tabbers with 6 collaborators: Development of a core outcome set for infant Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease.

2016 - Three awards were made of €25.000 each to the following;


  • Carla Colombo with 7 collaborators: Evaluation of Ursodeoxycholic Acid Treatment in Liver Disease Associated With Cystic Fibrosis: A Multicentre Cohort Study
  • Nikhil Thapar with with 15 collaborators: Establishing a European Database for Paediatric Intestinal Pseudo-Obstruction
  • Anders Paerregaard with 5 collaborators: The Incidence of Cancer and Mortality in Paediatric Onset Inflammatory Bowel Disease During a 25 Year Period (1990-2015) - A Population Based Multicentre Study from Denmark and Finland. 


2015 - Three awards were made of €25,000 each to the following;

  • Deirdre Kelly with 21 collaborators: Graft Injury Group Observing Long-term Outcomes (GIGOLO) - an ESPGHAN Clinical Research Network
  • Luisa Mearin with 18 collaborators: Early feeding and the risk of coeliac disease and autoimmunity in children from high risk families: The European PREVENTCD study
  • Noam Zevit with 30 collaborators: Paediatric Eosinophilic Esophagitis: The European Experience

2014 - Three awards were made of €25,000 each to the following;

  • Uhlig Holm with 14 collaborators: The COLORS in IBD project: the genetic basis of very early onset IBD
  • Sibylle Koletzko with 35 collaborators: Evaluation of predictive and informative symptoms to guide decision making in newly diagnosed coeliac patients, and to predict resolution: implications for the ESPGHAN guidelines
  • Florence Lacaille with 10 collaborators: The microbiota in intestinal transplantation. A study of the Network for Intestinal Failure and Transplantation in Europe

2013 - One grant was awarded of €25,000 to:

  • Luisa Mearin for PreventCD (there are 17 participating centres): Influence of the dietary history on the prevention of CD: possibilities of induction of tolerance for gluten predisposed children

2012 - Three awards were made of €25,000 each to the following;

  • Ulrich Baumann with 6 collaborating centres: Immunomonitoring after paediatric liver transplantation – optimization of immunosuppression and minimisation of side effects
  • Lorenzo D’Antiga with 13 collaborators: Network for intestinal failure and transplantation in Europe (NITE)
  • Frank Ruemmele with 39 collaborators: GENIUS Network – Diagnosis and characterisation of very early onset IBD

2011 - One award of €30,000:

  • Annamaria Staiano and the Working Group for GERD: Implementation and Applicability of 2009 NASPGHAN-ESPGHAN Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Gastroesophageal Reflux in Children