One of the main goals of ECCO is to promote IBD-related basic and clinical research as well as to foster interaction and productive collaboration among European research groups working in the IBD field. To achieve this goal, ECCO supports numerous funding schemes with different scopes including ECCO Fellowships, Grants, and Travel Awards.
This year, exceptionally, two ECCO Pioneer Awards were awarded (since the call had to be halted in 2019 owing to the COVID-19 pandemic):
Principal investigators Salomé S. Pinho (Porto, Portugal) and Harry Sokol (Paris, France) received the ECCO Pioneer Award for the project GLYCANTALK: Glycans as the crosstalk between gut microbiome and immune response: mechanisms and potential therapeutic applications in Inflammatory Bowel Disease.
Furthermore, principal investigators Annemarie de Vries (Rotterdam, the Netherlands) and Alison Simmons (Oxford, United Kingdom) received the ECCO Pioneer Award for the project Identification of markers to predict post-operative disease recurrence in Crohn's Disease.
We are happy to announce that the new call for the Pioneer Award can be found on the ECCO Website, with the increased budget of EUR 300,000.- (as of 2021).
One exceptional ECCO Multi-Year Research Grant was awarded to the principal investigators Marianne Spalinger (Zurich, Switzerland) and Raja Atreya (Erlangen, Germany) for their project The PTPN2 loss-of-function variant as predictor of therapeutic response to JAK-inhibitor therapy in IBD. The total amount of the award is EUR 200,000.-.
This year’s ECCO Awards included eight ECCO Grants, two ECCO Fellowships, two ECCO-AOCC Visiting Travel Grants (awarded jointly by ECCO and AOCC to encourage cooperation between Europe and Asia), one N-ECCO Research Grant, four ECCO Travel Awards, one D-ECCO Travel Award and one N-ECCO Travel Award. In addition, the ECCO-IBUS (International Bowel Ultrasound Group) Intestinal Ultrasound Research Grant was awarded to three recipients. All proposals submitted to ECCO were peer reviewed by a panel of expert reviewers.
The eight investigators and their proposals selected to receive funding through ECCO Grants are:
Each of these ECCO Grants is for EUR 80,000.-.
The investigators and their proposals selected to receive ECCO Fellowships are:
The award is for EUR 60,000.- per Fellowship.
Jointly with AOCC (the Asian Organization for Crohn’s and Colitis), ECCO has awarded two ECCO-AOCC Visiting Travel Grants to encourage and promote collaboration between Europe and Asia in the field of IBD. Awardees are Chin Kimg Tan (Singapore, Singapore) and Gabriele Dragoni (Florence, Italy).
In addition, six Travel Award applications were funded this year. Four ECCO Travel Awards went to:
Suzanne van Zundert (Amsterdam, the Netherlands) received the D-ECCO Travel Award, and Simona Fourie (Oxford, United Kingdom) received the N-ECCO Travel Award. Again, the selected applicants will be able to create and strengthen connections and to trigger new European collaborative studies. Travel Awards offer an excellent opportunity to learn from other practices and we therefore urge everyone to apply for these awards.
One N-ECCO Research Grant 2022 was awarded, to Rosanna Irene Comoretto (Torino, Italy) for the project Caring and management of patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease: a focus on specialist nursing interventions. The budget for the N-ECCO Research Grant is EUR 20,000.-.
The aim of this grant, awarded jointly by ECCO and IBUS, is to support clinical excellence in the investigation of the utility of intestinal ultrasound in the assessment of patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Three successful investigators and their teams received awards:
1st prize: Jennifer DeBruyn and team from Canada (EUR 20,000.-) for the project Intestinal ultrasound monitoring of response to biologics in pediatric Crohn’s Disease.
2nd prize: Maarten Pruijt and team from Amsterdam (EUR 10,000.-) for the project PredIctioN and cloSe monItorinG of postoperative recurrence by intestinal ultrasound after ileocecal resection in CroHn’s disease patienTs: the INSIGHT study
3rd prize: Bram Verstockt and team from Belgium (EUR 10,000.-) for the project Intestinal bowel ultrasound in acute severe Ulcerative Colitis, the TABASCO study
Another call for Grants is already open to all ECCO Members. You can find out more at https://www.ecco-ibd.eu/science/fellowships-and-grants
In the meantime, we wish this year’s awardees great success with their projects and look forward to the presentation of the results at forthcoming ECCO Congresses.