The International Bowel Ultrasound Group (IBUS) invites all interested member investigators to submit clinical research proposals to be considered for inaugural funding support jointly provided through IBUS and ECCO.

A clinical research fund of 20,000 EUR will be awarded to the successful investigator. Applicants must be IBUS members at the time of submission. IBUS aims to support clinical excellence in the investigation of utility of intestinal ultrasound used in the assessment of patients with inflammatory bowel disease.


March 1st 2019 – submissions open

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June 3rd 2019 – application deadline

August 20th 2019 - successful grant funding announcement, notification will be sent to all applicants

February 2020 – official hand-over of award certificate at ECCO meeting in Vienna


Selection Criteria

Awardees will be selected based on scientific merit, feasibility and importance of the scientific contribution, as reflected in IBUS scientific priorities. Candidates should be established within clinical units with expertise in inflammatory bowel disease, with established expertise in performance of intestinal ultrasound with routine access to an ultrasound machine. The proposal should contain sufficient detail to ensure feasibility and merit.


The protocol should be no more than 5 pages in length and include:

  • Scientific Aim – clear description of the objectives of the project
  • Background/ significance – justification of the importance of the project
  • Methods/ research plan – a detailed account of timeline, methodology and outputs
  • Budget – accounting of funds
  • References

In addition, a curriculum vitae is required.

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