ESGE Research Champions' Den

Advance your research project by winning up to 10,000 € of financial support from ESGE and guidance from our jury of experts

About the ‚Den‘

The ESGE Research Champions’ Den competition, held at ESGE Days congresses, is the final stage of the application process for ESGE Research Grants.

The aim is to bring hidden talent to light and to help established researchers to share their ideas and upcoming projects with the endoscopy world.

The full details of the ESGE Research Grants can be found at


10,000 € to cover direct costs is awarded to those judged most worthy.

Applicants selected by the jury to present their research at the ESGE Research Champions’ Den receive a waived registration fee.

All studies that are presented at the ESGE Research Champions’ Den are eligible to receive ESGE research endorsement.

Congratulations to the 2023 ESGE Research Champions Den finalists:

Championsden 2023 federica borrelli de andreis
Federica Borrelli de Andreis (Italy)
Fondazione Policlinico Universitario Agostino Gemelli IRCCS
Championsden 2023 martina de siena
Martina De Siena (Italy)
Fondazione Policlinico Universitario A.Gemelli IRCCS
Championsden 2023 entcho klenske
Entcho Klenske (Austria)
Medical University of Vienna
Championsden 2023 pedro lopez munoz
Pedro López-Muñoz (Spain)
Hospital Universitari i Politècnic la Fe / Health Research Institute La Fe. Valencia, Spain
Championsden 2023 alvaro martinez alcala
Alvaro Martínez-Alcala García (Spain)
University Hospital Infanta Leonor
Championsden 2023 louis jean masgnaux
Louis-Jean Masgnaux (France)
Edouard Herriot Hospital
Championsden 2023 maria valeria matteo
Maria Valeria Matteo (Italy)
Fondazione Policlinico Universitario A. Gemelli IRCCS
Championsden 2023 julieta montanelli
Julieta Montanelli (France)
IHU Strasbourg
Championsden 2023 sandra nagl
Sandra Nagl (Germany)
University Hospital of Augsburg
Championsden 2023 katie siggens
Katie Siggens (United Kingdom)
Portsmouth Hospital University NHS Trust

How does it work?

Potential contenders submit their research idea online. A “jury” of experienced endoscopists with established track records in research select what they consider to be the best projects, based on the importance of their future impact on endoscopic practice and their creativity and originality.

At ESGE Days, the top selected applicants each have 3-4 minutes to present their projects to the jury, who then quiz each applicant for 5 minutes.

The session will be moderated by Pradeep Bhandari, the ESGE Research Committee Chair, who introduces applicants and moderates the session. Participation in this competition does not require onsite presence during the event.

After the jury’s discussion, the moderator announces which applicants have won financial support. The jury will be able to distribute, to the projects they judge to be most deserving of support, up to 10,000 €. All jury decisions are final.

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Application details

Applicants are required to be ESGE individual members and work in a medical institution within the ESGE zone (Central and Western Europe, Mediterranean and North Africa)

Young researchers/trainees are encouraged to apply.

Applications must be submitted via the online application form.

All jury decisions are final. The ESGE Research Committee Chair will be the moderator who introduces applicants and moderates the session. After the jury’s discussion, the moderator announces which applicants have won financial support.

The applicants who are not successful in obtaining a grant for their research project get free registration at the next ESGE Days. Winners are committed to supplying study reports to ESGE and to submitting the study results to Endoscopy.

To find out more about the ESGE Research Champions Den and other ESGE grants and awards visit


Call for applications opens once a year.
Thursday September 1, 2022

Submission portal opens

Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Submission deadline

January 2023

Notification of selected applicants

April 20-22, 2023

The final stage of application: The Research Champions’ Den at ESGE Days 2023

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2022 ESGE Research Grants!

At the Research Champions’ Den at ESGE Days 2022 ten researchers presented their projects to a panel of ESGE top international experts, in a bid to win an ESGE Research Grant.

After facing tough questioning from the ‘Dragons’ three grants were awarded to the following researchers:

  • Enrique Rodríguez de Santiago (Spain)
  • Esperanza Ulloa Márquez (Spain)
  • Milou van Riswijk (The Netherlands)

We look forward to hearing about their projects in the future and wish them sincere congratulations!

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Some of the action from social media…

It's Germana de Nucci now in the ESGE Research Champions Den. New hemostatic gel to treat bleeding. @mdinisribeiro is sceptical that this "treat all" solution is viable... Join the conversation! What are your thoughts on the champions' proposals so far? Use #esgedays2021
CONGRATULATIONS to @MarcusHollenba1! First place at the Research Champions' Den. 2nd came Mohamed Abdelrahim and then Laurent Monino. 🎉👏 Nice work on the moderation @gastro3570! #ESGEDays2021 live wrapping up soon but will stay on demand until 31 May.
Final potential research champion is Mo. @gastro3570 is curious that we have an innovator trying to bring EMR back to the forefront. Evelien is grilling Mo on cost effectiveness. Cesare: does it conflict with the ESGE guideline on the subject? Your thoughts? #ESGEDays2021
The ESGE dragons have sharpened their claws and next to face them is @hugo_uchima! His research project related to POEM. Bad or good news when you're being grilled by world class expert @thomas_rosch?! #ESGEDays2021

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