Annual Meeting Young Investigator Award

Purpose and scope

Purpose and scope: The ESPGHAN Annual Meeting Young Investigator Award (YIA) is intended to support expenses for Young Investigators (including AHP, Trainees,  Scientists, and non ESPGHAN members) who have had an abstract accepted for presentation at the ESPGHAN Annual Meeting. 

Specification: The grant will help cover the travel, Visa application and accommodation costs within host meetings countries. Costs than can also be covered by this grant include congress registration up to Early Bird Fee; registration to PIBD, Post Graduate and AHP courses taking place during ESPGHAN Annual Meeting. All listed costs will covered up to the value of the award.

Amount: up to EUR 1.000,00 


  • The applicant should be a young investigator / clinician with less than ten years in the sub-speciality: 

- Medically qualified applicants should be in a training position, i.e. have not qualified in PGHN, nor have achieved a staff position;
- Applicants should not be well established funded researchers
- Full ESPGHAN members are not eligible for this award

  • The applicant should have received less than 3 YIA in the past
  • The applicant should be the first (main) presenter of the abstract selected - The applicant should be supported by full member in good standing (i.e. without any outstanding dues) of the Society. In the case of AHP applicants, support letters can be submitted from AHP Members in good standing.   

Application and selection Process


Complete application must be sent to ESPGHAN office and the following will apply:

  • Completed and signed application form 
  • Support letter from an ESPGHAN member in a good standing (or AHP member in good standing for AHP applicants)
  • Proof of abstract selection for presentation, confirming applicant as first (main) presenter
  • Applicant current CV

Application Deadline: The application deadline will be set at least 1 month prior to the ESPGHAN Annual Meeting and announced on ESPGHAN website and ESPGHAN newsletter.

Selection Criteria: Those who have received one or two awards previously or who live from regions close to the conference may receive a reduced award due to lower travel costs. In case the number of applications exceeds the number of awards available, the treasurer may at his/her discretion either select from those applications that fulfil all criteria on a first come first serve basis (but may give priority to applicants that are in particular need e.g. from low income countries), or may adjust funding to maximise attendance. 

Selection Process:

  • The process is coordinated by the ESPGHAN Treasurer
  • ESPGHAN Council will review the applications independently
  • The applicant will receive notification no later than 2 weeks after application deadline to allow early birds applications to the ESPGHAN Annual Meeting.

Reporting and disbursement of the fund

Funds will only be released after

  • Signature of YIA register list at ESPGHAN booth during the Annual Meeting meeting 
  • The financial statement incl. copies of the according receipts are sent to ESPGHAN office and approved by ESPGHAN Treasurer 

Those YIA recipients who are eligible to receive a contribution towards their travel expenses can download the according expense claim form here after the Annual Meeting of the award year. Please make sure to include all relevant receipts and to state valid bank details so that the transfer can be conducted.