IFFGD’s 2023 Travel Awards

The International Foundation for Gastrointestinal Disorders (IFFGD) thanks you for your interest in the 2023 Junior Academician Travel Awards.


Travel Awards Description

8 travel awards of up to $2,500 each are available for young researchers focused on research in the area of gastrointestinal disorders.


These travel awards recognize and support young investigators who have a record of research interest and accomplishment in neurogastroenterology and, especially, in the basic mechanisms or clinical aspects of functional gastrointestinal (GI) and motility disorders. These awards are intended to encourage the participation of clinicians and scientists in large world-class medical meetings for the field of gastroenterology. Each award consists of up to $2,000 to cover expenses related to travel and registration at either Digestive Disease Week (DDW), American College of Gastroenterology Annual Scientific Meeting (ACG) or UEG Week.


To be eligible, the applicant must have an MD, PhD or equivalent (or show evidence that the degree will be awarded before the start of next year) and have completed their highest level of training no more than seven years prior to application.  They should also have demonstrated a record of accomplishment, and be currently active in investigating basic, translational, or clinical aspects of functional GI or motility disorders, or other neurogastroenterology topics.

Application Process

Applications are to be submitted by the candidate along with one letters of sponsorship/support from a clinician or scientist who is familiar with the candidate’s research and/or other professional activities. The letter of support and the curriculum vitae (CV) of the nominee should accompany the application.

Allowable Budget Expenses

Travel related expenses include registration, transportation, lodging, and food and beverage. IFFGD is a registered nonprofit; therefore, all travel related expenses must be fiscally reasonable, necessary, and related to the meeting for which they are expensed.

  • Registration: IFFGD will reimburse any registration fees incurred by the awardee to attend the meeting.
  • Transportation: This includes but is not limited to air, rail, bus, and car. Premium Coach, Business Class and First-Class air fares will not be reimbursed unless approved beforehand by the IFFGD President. Baggage check fees and travel-related parking, taxicab, and Uber/Lyft fees are reimbursable.
  • Accommodation: IFFGD will pay for all associated room fees and taxes but is not responsible for any direct room charges unless approved previously by the President of IFFGD.
  • Food and Beverage: IFFGD will reimburse for reasonable food and beverage charges incurred as a result of participation in the meeting.

IFFGD will only reimburse travel related expenses upon receipt of documentation of the expense (purchase receipts or other verifiable documentation). All receipts should be scanned/attached and submitted within two (2) weeks of the meeting conclusion.


For an editable copy, please email IFFGD at iffgd@iffgd.org.


Application Process

The deadline for submitting applications is midnight, January 1, 2023.

The application must be sent via email to IFFGD at iffgd@iffgd.org. An original signed face page will be required prior to award disbursement but is not required to be sent with the application submission.

The awards will be announced January 31, 2023, and the winner will be acknowledged at the annual IFFGD breakfast at DDW2023 in Chicago, IL.

Selection Committee

  • William E. Whitehead, PhD, Chair
  • Braden Kuo, MD, MSc
  • Lesley A. Houghton, PhD
  • Darren Brenner, MD
  • Baha Moshiree, MD
  • Michael Crowell, PhD

Direct questions as follows:

  • Via email about the grants or online submission instructions – iffgd@iffgd.org
  • By phone at 1-414-964-1799

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