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 2015

European Registry on Autoimmune Hepatitis

Lead organising society: Ned. Vereniging voor Gastroenterologie (The Netherlands)
Co-operating society: Sociedad Portuguesa de Gastroenterologia (Portugal)
Lead coordinators: Ynto de Boer, The Netherlands, Rodrigo Liberal, Portugal

Project Description

Help EU in IBS

Lead organising society: Ned. Vereniging voor Gastroenterologie (The Netherlands)
Co-operating society: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Gastroenterologie, Verdauungs- und Stoffwechselkrankheiten
Lead coordinator: Ad Masclee, The Netherlands

Project Description

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.

Previous LINK Award recipients

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

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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