AHP Award

Purpose and scope

Purpose and scope: The AHP Travel Grant aims to support an experienced ESPGHAN Allied Health Professional Member in good standing who wishes to visit another unit within Europe for the purpose of observation of a practice not available in his/her institution, participate in a short project/audit or observe an extended role of an AHP e.g. endoscopy nurse , dietetic led nutrition, coeliac etc clinics, MultiDisciplinary Team PN practice, Neonatal nursing/dietetic practice, research nursing/dietetic roles, Speech and Language advanced techniques (VFS,FIES).

Specifications: The grant will cover travel and accommodation within the host country. It will not cover attendance at courses/conferences/schools. Each awardee will be announced at the ESPGHAN Annual Meeting and he/she will report back at the ESPGHAN AHP course once the project/audit/visit is completed. There will be one application per year.

Amount: Up to EUR 5.000,00 

Eligibility

  • The applicant must be AHP ESPGHAN member in good standing
  • The applicant must be currently working in clinical/ research paediatrics Gastroenterology or Hepatology and Nutrition with a minimum 3 years’ experience in the respective field
  • The applicant’s supervisor of institute to be visited must be an ESPGHAN member (any type) in good standing
  • The institute to be visited must be within Europe
  • The visit should be completed within a year after the date of approval

Application and selection process

Complete application must be sent to ESPGHAN Office and the following will be requested:

- A completed online application form
- A letter of intent including:
      1. Aim of the visit/audit/project
      2. Objectives
      3. Interest for the applicant
      4. Description of the lack of the resource at the home institute and if applicable, how the proposed visit/project/audit will change or enhance practice in applicants home institute
- An up to date CV
- A letter of support from the home supervisor
- A letter of support from visiting institute supervisor (ESPGHAN members)

Application Deadline: March 31 each year

Selection criteria: complete applications will be reviewed and scored by the AHP committee against the following criteria:
1. Innovation and originality of the proposed visit/audit/project 
2. Relevance of proposed visit/audit/project to applicant’s current role 
3. Benefit of the proposed visit/audit/project to ESPGHAN 
4. Likelihood of the proposed project resulting in a change in practice in home institute
5. Previous ESPGHAN awards
 
Selection Process:  Applicants’ eligibility and application documents will be checked by the ESPGHAN Office. All complete applications will be reviewed and scored by the AHP committee against the above listed criteria. The applicant with the highest score will be selected by the AHP Committee and then approved by the ESPGHAN Treasurer and Council.
All applicants will be notified by the ESPGHAN Office within 8 weeks after the application deadline.

Reporting and disbursement of the fund

The Grant will be disbursed 3 months after the visit/audit/project completion and according to the following modalities:
1. Up to 50% at the start of the visit/audit/project, upon reception of signed expense claim forms, related receipts and progress report by the ESPGHAN Office
2. Remaining amount at the end of the visit/audit/project, upon reception of signed expense claim forms, related receipts and progress report by the ESPGHAN Office

A final progress report will be provided by the Awardee within 3 months after the visit/audit/project completion and will be uploaded on the ESPGHAN website.