• ECCO IBD Fellowships

    The European Crohn's and Colitis Organization (ECCO) offers Research Fellowships to encourage and help young individuals in their career and promote innovative scientific research in the area of Inflammatory Bowel diseases in Europe.

    Applicants should be aware that these awards are offered to promote and encourage innovative research in inflammatory bowel diseases by young and enthusiastic basic and/or clinical scientists. Individuals with a well-established career in the field of IBD research are not considered eligible for these fellowships.

    Up to three IBD Fellowships may be given each year.

    In order to be eligible, the candidate must:

    1. not be older than 40 years at the time of admission
    2. Submit an original research project, not exceeding 10 pages (including references)
    3. Have a hosting laboratory and/or department who has accepted to host and guide the fellow for the duration of the Fellowship and who is responsible together with the Fellow for the successful completion of the project

    Terms of submission

    1. A total amount of 30.000 Euro will be awarded annually for one ECCO Fellowship
    2. The duration of the award is one year
    3. Only one proposal may be submitted per submission date per applicant
    4. All applicants should submit a proposal for a research project, not exceeding 10 pages (references included). The proposal should be written in Word format (minimum 11 font) and should contain the following headings
      • Name, full address, and affiliations of the applicant
      • Summary of the project (NOT exceeding one page)
      • Introduction (including background information, but there is no need to explain the basic nature of ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease)
      • Aim(s)
      • Detailed plan of methods, materials and scientific procedures
      • Expected Results
      • Justification for the support requested and relevance to field of Inflammatory Bowel Disease
      • Scientific references to the application
    5. The annual deadline for submission for an ECCO Fellowship is December 1st.
    6. Payment will be made after acceptance of the Award
    7. Applicants will be expected to publish the results of their work at the European Congress of Gastroenterology (UEGW) and/or the Annual ECCO IBD congress
    8. Applicants will acknowledge ECCO as their funding source on every publication resulting from this project
    9. Projects, together with the up to date CV of the applicant, as well as a letter of support from the Hosting IBD-laboratory or department, should be sent to the head of the Scientific Committee of ECCO at the following address:
          Dr. Daan Hommes, MD, PhD
          LUMC Leiden
          Department of Gastroenterology C4
          Albinusdreef 2
          2333 ZA Leiden
          The Netherlands

    Review Process

    1. All projects will be reviewed and ranked by the members of the ECCO Scientific Committee based on the following criteria:
      • The importance and feasibility of the scientific project and its relevance to IBD
      • The curriculum vitae of the applicant
      • The track record of the hosting laboratory or department
    2. The ECCO Scientific Committee will make recommendations to the ECCO Governing Board
    3. The final decision will be made by the ECCO Governing Board.
    4. The award of the ECCO Fellowship (2 fellowships will be given for 2007) will be made during the next ECCO-Congress, which is held in Innsbruck, Austria from February 28th to March 3rd 2007.