Purpose and Scope: The Travel Grant is intended to support the expenses of a Trainee Member who wishes to travel and visit a unit in the US (for European applicants) or Europe (for US applicants) either for the purposes of learning a new technique, carry out a short project or of observing a different health system at work.  Specification: Provisional approval for the visit/project should be obtained prior to the application from the applicant’s own department and the department to be visited.

The Travel Award will not be available to attend meetings or conferences and will be awarded on alternative years to a US or European applicant.

Funding will be awarded alternately from ESPGHAN or NASPGHAN as appropriate and will be paid directly to the successful applicant. 

If the applicant is unable to take part in the visit/exchange for any reason, the sum in full must be returned to the awarding society and the head of the department of the successful applicant must guarantee that this happens. Additional funding will not be provided to supplement these visits.

Amount: 5000USD/€5000  
Selection Process: 

The applications will be considered by the respective Councils for each of their member applicants. The Council members may make the decision themselves or appoint a selection committee with relevant experience. Members of the Selection Committee are not eligible to apply for the award. Members should not participate in the evaluation of an applicant if they work at the same institution as the applicant, or have worked with the applicant at the same institution in the recent past. Members should not participate in the evaluation of an applicant if there is any conflict of interest. 
Application:  The applicant must send the completed application to the Association Administration Office by 30 May of the year that travel award is funded by ESPGHAN. The application must include: 

  1. A completed application form.
  2. Applicants’ curriculum vitae (max. three pages). 
  3. Brief description of proposed project or visit and the likely benefit to the applicant and/or their host institution or patient population. 
  4. Budgetary details on how the money will be used to finance the visit.
  5. Two letters of recommendation are requested: 

a. One from the host institution giving the necessary permission for the visit; and

b. One from the unit to be visited which should include agreement for the visit and indicate what support will be provided to ensure the exchange will be successful.  This letter should specify the time available for supervision, research opportunity (if relevant), space, equipment etc.
Reporting : The award winner will be required to submit a written report (including an accounting of how the award monies were spent) of their visit to both Councils within six months of the completion of their visit and present a written report of the outcome to the AGM at the annual meetings of their respective Society.

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Award Winners

2012 - Noam Zevit, Schneider Children's Medical Center in Israel

2013 - Alexander Gerhard Miethke, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, USA

2014 -Protima Amon, Blizard Institute, Queen Mary University of London, UK

2016 - Valentina Discepolo, Department of Translational Medical Sciences, Section of Pediatrics, University Federico II, Naples