ESPGHAN Research Grant initiative

ESPGHAN is committed to supporting research efforts of its members into all aspects of Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition. As a society we aim to further our understanding of health and disease within the remit of ESPGHAN ultimately improving the life of children. ESPGHAN members are leaders in their fields many of which are research active. Importantly, supporting basic and translational research within ESPGHAN and encouraging young investigators to develop a research interest are key strategic pillars that the future of ESPGHAN will be built on.  

The council in close collaboration with working groups, special interest groups and the scientific committee has therefore developed a new ESPGHAN research grant scheme which aims at supporting basic, translational and clinical research in all areas of Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition. We particularly encourage young investigators to apply for these unique funding opportunities.

Outline for application and review process

In the first round of research grants up to 5 awards are available. The value of each grant will be up to a maximum of 100.000 EUR for a maximum duration of 24 months. 

Eligibility criteria: Any ESPGHAN member is eligible to apply.  

Focus on young investigators: ESPGHAN is committed to support young investigators, particularly those who are showing great promise to develop into leaders in their field. Applications from those individuals is therefore strongly encouraged.

Applications and review process: The application process will be split in two stages; Outline and Full Application. 

The Outline application deadline is 30.03.2019.

Applications will be reviewed by experts in the relevant field including members of the ESPGHAN scientific committee and external referees. Top scoring applications be invited to submit a full application. 

Successful applicants will be notified by the 15.06.2019 and invited to submit a full application.  

The deadline for full applications is 15.08.2019.

All documents are to be sent to

The final decision on funding will be made by the scientific committee based on expert reviews obtained. Reviewing and scoring should be finalised by the 30.09.2019, with the successful applicants notified in October/November 2019.

Reporting of progress and outcome: As a condition for ESPGHAN grants, successful applicants will be required to provide a detailed written progress report (at 12 months for 2-year projects) and a final summary at the end of the project. These will include details on publications and impact of the study.

Invoicing and payments: As part of the application procedure, applicants must provide details of how the requested funding will be used (i.e. staff, consumables etc.). Funding will be provided according to this outline following provision of invoices etc. All applicants are therefore required to provide details of a responsible grant administrating officer from their institution.     

Transparency: Successful applicants are required to provide a brief summary of their project to be published on the ESPGHAN website, and may also be invited to present their project and findings as part of the annual meeting. 

Outline Application Form

Outline Application Form 2019

Outline Application Form 2019