GROWTH Network

The GROWTH consortium, funded by the European Commission (2019-2023), is made up to train a new generation of researchers working on new pathological insights, biomarker diagnostics and personalized nutritional interventions for intestinal failure in neonates and preterm infants.

Apply for a GROWTH position

More information about the candidate requirements, application and selection process. Also, the GROWTH Application Form can be downloaded here.

Research Programme

GROWTH aims to set-up a new European platform that trains young scientists in the industry-led exploration of innovative routes to fully exploit the potential of early life nutrition to prevent inflammatory disease. GROWTH coordinates 8 individual research projects.


Academic and industry partners, covering various disciplines ranging from fundamental research to clinical paediatrics and analytical chemistry to organoid and gut-on-chip applications, have teamed up in the European Union.


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PRE-KICK-OFF meeting

All Principal Investigators were present at the GROWTH pre-kick-off meeting. After the opening of the coordinator Paul Bessems, the roadmap and general outline of the GROWTH network was presented.

Particular attention was paid to the contents and methodologies of each Individual Research Project of each young scientist. A lively discussion with innovative ideas followed, setting the stage for the ESR vacancy texts and overall recruitment process.

After this, legal and administrative aspects of the GROWTH network were discussed. Overal, this pre-kick-off working group provided a fruitful headstart for the GROWTH programme.