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.

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.

Pradeep Bhandari

Pradeep Bhandari


Call for applications opens once a year.

Wednesday September 1, 2021Submission portal opens
Tuesday, November 30, 2021Submission deadline
January 2022Notification of selected applicants
April 28-30, 2022The final stage of application: The Research Champions' Den at ESGE Days 2022

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.

Some of the action from last year…

Watch last year's final at ESGE Days 2021…