National Societies
LINK Award Programme

UEG promotes closer ties with and between all its National Societies and to support them in their scientific and professional activities. 

To fullfill this aim, the National Societies Committee runs this initiative to help fund cross-border projects co-ordinated by at least two UEG National Society Members.

HaEoE EU - LINK Award project in 2014

Alfredo Lucendo presents the project

LINK Award recipients of 2014

Harmonizing diagnosis and therapy of Eosinophilic Oesophagitis across Europe

Lead organising society: Sociedad Española de Patología Digestiva
Co-operating society: British Society of Gastroenterology
Lead coordinator: Alfredo Lucendo, Spain
Project description

Project website

PRO-MC collaboration
Establishment of a PROspective data registry and harmonising follow-up and treatment of Microscopic Colitis in Europe

Lead organising society: Svensk Gastroenterologisk Förening
Co-operating society: Asociación Española de Gastroenterología
Lead coordinator: Andreas Münch, Sweden
Project description
Project website


Direct benefit to UEG's National Member Societies is at the core of this programme and UEG supports projects with funding totalling up to € 200,000. The aims in detail are:

  • encourage the development of cross-border scientific & professional co-operations that have not yet been organised within the UEG community (for example development of clinical guidelines, cross-border fellowship programmes, etc.) 
  • strengthen relationships, knowledge and skills transfer between individual National Societies and with the UEG.
  • support National Societies as a whole rather than individuals.

UEG National Society Members are encouraged to partner up and take advantage of this unique support scheme!

Scope of supported projects

The LINK Award Programme 2015 particularly calls for projects that target implementation of guidelines or facilitate access to guidelines (repositories, ‘translating’ to local clinical practice).

Further examples for projects supported through this initiative are (but are not restricted to) based on:

  • Shared best clinical practice (e.g. guideline development and sharing across national boundaries)
  • Scientific collaborations crossing national boundaries that would not normally receive funding from individual National Agencies or the EU and that would provide added value to future submissions for cross-border EU funding (e.g. pump-priming activity in an Eastern European partner(s) for inclusion in a larger EU programme)
  • Physical exchange and transfer of personnel/technology between National Societies (not just single Departments or Units) eg. Fellowship schemes, providing knowledge/skills transfer across Europe & the Mediterranean area with plans for wider dissemination of new skills and sustainability
  • Collaborative initiatives from two or more National Societies to forge formal links and/or projects (f.e. audit/database development)

Involvement of additional partners
Apart from the two mandatory National Society partners, UEG encourages and welcomes the involvement of additional partners, such as:

  • Further National Society Members
  • UEG ordinary members
  • Other scientific societies not formally affiliated with UEG
  • Patient organisations
  • Governmental bodies
  • Commercial partners (intellectual and financial role of any commercial partner must be made clear and the commercial partner must at least equal the financial contribution from UEG)

Take a look at projects of past LINK Award recipients.


Minimum conditions for proposals (10 items):

  1. The project will start within 6 months upon assignment (Final decisions will be taken by November 2015).
  2. The project will have a maximum duration of two years.
  3. The project will be co-organized by at least two UEG National Society Members from 2 different countries.
  4. The collaborative model must be clearly shown and a lead organising society must be assigned.
  5. The full list of additional partners must be provided in the outline application.
  6. Each National Society Partner will
    • have paid their annual affiliation fee to UEG at the time of the outline application
    • formally agree to its role in the partnership via presidential sign-off in a letter of agreement
    • appoint a lead representative with regard to the project
  7. Any material (documents, reports, etc.) or digital reference stated in the application will be submitted in English.
  8. Where applicable, project reports and results will be made available for dissemination through UEG communications and publications (f.e. UEG Journal, UEG Week related publications, website, etc.).
  9. Support will be granted to the same project only once. Extensions of projects that were previously funded by a LINK award cannot be funded.
  10. A member of the National Societies Committee in 2015 cannot be a named Applicant on a LINK proposal (neither as representative of the Lead organising or Co-operating National Society, nor as representative of other partners involved)..

Failure to comply with these minimum conditions means that an application will not be considered during the review process. Applications are managed through a two-stage process.
Download the complete criteria and conditions for applications for further details.

If the project title exceeds 50 characters, please list the acronym in the application form “Project title” and cite the full project title in the Letter of Intent.

Deadline for outline applications: March 20, 2015

LINK Award recipients of 2012

Development of a European Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition Clinical Trials Network

Lead organising society: British Society of Gastroenterology
Co-operating society: Nederlandse Vereniging voor Gastro-Enterologie
Lead coordinator: Nicholas Croft, United Kingdom
Download the project description

Harmonising diagnosis and therapy of pancreatitis across Europe

Lead organising society: Svensk Gastroenterologisk Förening
Co-operating society: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Verdauungs- und Stoffwechselkrankheiten
Lead coordinator: Matthias Löhr, Sweden
Download the project description


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