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Educational Grants and Awards

Educational Grants and Awards | ASCRS

Introduction

The Society offers a range of grant opportunities distributing funds made available by the Research Foundation Board of Trustees to members of the Society. There are two cycles of funding opportunities, spring and fall, but only Limited Project Grants are funded twice a year. Other grant categories are funded as and when resources permit. Potential applicants are advised to contact the Research Founation office well in advance of any proposed application date to seek clarification and advice about the forthcoming funding cycle. The Chair of the Research Committee encourages members to request points of clarification from him directly.

 

Limited Project Grant (LPG)

Purpose:  To provide investigator the opportunity to pursue research interest, specifically germane to the field of colon and rectal surgery. It is anticipated that successful research projects, initially funded through the Research Foundation’s LPG mechanism, will ultimately secure funding from other national funding agencies.

Amount:  Up to $50,000/year
Application Deadline:  March 1st and October 1st
Review/Notification Date:  Summer/Fall (March applicants) or Winter/Spring (October applicants)

 

Career Development Grant

Purpose:  To provide young surgeons with the support necessary for the initiation and development of an academic career in colorectal surgery. The CDA focuses on career development and mentorship of the individual rather than solely on the research proposal. The award is intended for the academic investigator demonstrating significant creativity in research relevant to the pathophysiology or management of diseases of the small bowel, colon, rectum, or anus.

Amount:  $75,000/year for two years
Application Deadline:  March 1st and October 1st
Review/Notification Date:  Spring/Summer and Winter/Spring

 

RFP Clinical Studies on Benign Colorectal Disorders

Purpose:  To foster outstanding research in specific areas of colorectal diseases or disorders leading to the improvement and management of common, yet understudied colorectal problems.

Amount: Determined by the Research Foundation Board of Trustees
Letter of Intent Deadline: August 1st
Application Deadline:  October 1st 
Review/Notification Date:  Winter/Spring

 

SSAT and Research Foundation Joint Award

Purpose: This award is designed to assist in the development of young faculty members of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (ASCRS) and the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract (SSAT) who want to develop an active research program in colorectal diseases. Specifically, this is designed to support research that is focused on diseases of the lower intestinal tract, including but not limited to, inflammatory bowel disease, cancer, or benign conditions of the lower GI tract. The goal of this project is to foster stronger fellowship between these two Societies through greater scientific collaboration and more comprehensive young faculty mentorship.

Amount: $50,000/year for two years
Proposal Deadline: February 17, 2017

 

General Surgery Resident Research Initiation Grant

Purpose:   To attract General Surgery Residents or recent graduates of such programs into the field of colon and rectal surgery by providing opportunities to engage in clinical or laboratory-based research focused on diseases of the colon, rectum and anus.
 

Amount:  $20,000
Proposal Deadline:  March 1st

Review/Notification Date:  Spring/Summer

 

Medical Student Research Initiation Grant

Purpose:   To provide opportunities for Medical Students to participate in clinical or laboratory-based research focused on diseases of the colon, rectum and anus.
 

Amount:  $4,000
Proposal Deadline:  March 1st

Review/Notification Date:  Spring/Summer

 

International Fellowship Grant

Purpose:  To provide research support to residents and clinical investigators from outside the U.S. or Canada to travel to the U.S. or Canada to do research or residents and clinical investigators in the U.S. or Canada to travel outside the U.S. or Canada to do research.

Amount:  Up to $50,000/year
Application Deadline:  March 1st
Review/Notification Date:  Summer/Fall 

 

Research in Robotic Surgical Technology

Purpose:  To provide investigator the opportunity to pursue research interest, specifically germane to robotic surgical technology in the field of colon and rectal surgery. It is anticipated that successful research projects, initially funded through Research Foundations’ normal granting mechanism, will ultimately secure funding from other national funding agencies.

Amount:  Up to $50,000 for one year
Letter of Intent Deadline:  June 30, 2016
Application Deadline:  July 31, 2016
Review/Notification Date:  October/November 2016

Announcement Letter from Dr. Steven Wexner
Criteria and Application Instructions
PHS 398 Forms and Instructions

 

Training in Research Methodology Grant

Pupose:  This award aims to provide an opportunity for a graduating Colon and Rectal Surgery resident to attend either the Association for Academic Surgery (AAS) Career Development Course or Fundamentals of Surgical Research Course. The AAS fall courses held during the American College of Surgeons' Annual Meeting provide pearls of wisdom and discuss advances in research methods, academic career advancement, and grant writing.

Interactive sessions are incorporated into the program which allow participants to share their ideas with well-known academic surgical leaders and their colleagues. 

Amount:  Up to $3,000
Application Deadline:  March 1st
Review/Notification Date:  June

 

Contact information:

Research Foundation Administrative Office
Email:  rf@fascrs.org

John R. T. Monson, MD, Research Committee Chair
Email:  john.monson.md@flhosp.org