ESGE Research Champions Den

Applications closed

ESGE was thrilled to receive a record number of research grant applications this year – 3 times more than last year.   At ESGE Days 2021, the top selected applicants will present their projects in the Research Champions Den to the ‘Dragons’, who will decide how the grants will be awarded.

About the Den

The ESGE Research Champions Den is an annual competition at ESGE Days. 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.

Potential contenders submit their research idea online. A “jury” of five 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 jury will be able to distribute, to the projects they judge to be most deserving of support, up to 10,000 €.

Application details

ESGE individual members from around the globe are eligible to apply, and physicians at any stage of their careers may apply.

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


Tuesday, December 1, 2020 Submission portal opens
Sunday, January 10, 2021 Submission deadline
January 15 - February 15, 2021 Evaluation of applications
Mid-February 2021 Notification of selected applicants
March 27, 2021 ESGE Research Champions Den at ESGE Days 2021