Application Opens: July 10, 2023
Application Closes: EXTENDED THROUGH AUGUST 25th – 11:59 PM PT
The intent of this award — which is supported by the Journal of Surgical Research and its publisher, Elsevier Science — is to provide early-career research support to junior faculty members of the AAS.
- Applicants must be full-time faculty who have not yet attained the rank of Associate Professor
- Faculty in any surgical specialty or discipline are eligible
- Applicants must be active members of the AAS
- The awardee must not be a principal investigator on a NIH R01 or a VA Merit Review Grant and may not hold a career development type of award. This proposal may be submitted to other funding sources for support, but this must be acknowledged on the application form. Submission for support elsewhere will not affect the evaluation of this proposal.
Funding and Reporting Requirements:
The funding period: May 1st 2024 – April 30, 2025
A committee, consisting of the councilors of the AAS, president-elect, and ad-hoc members as needed, will review all proposals. The top-rated proposals will be selected as finalists, and these applicants will be invited to interview with the selection committee. The award recipient will be selected from these finalists and will be announced at the AAS Research Awards Ceremony.
Acceptance of Award
The winner will receive $50,000 for one year to be used for direct-cost expenditures incurred in the conduct of the proposed research project; the award may not be used for salary support. The project must be completed within the 1 year funding period. In the event that investigator is awarded another extramural award for which there is scientific or budgetary overlap with the other grant/award, the investigator will be required to accept only one source of funding. No indirect costs will be covered. The award certificate will be presented at the AAS/SUS Awards Ceremony during the 2024 Academic Surgical Congress. A one-page formal progress report for the research project and copies of pertinent publications resulting from the funding of the research award should be forwarded to the AAS office upon completion of the one-year research project. A final report and presentation of work accomplished will be required at the 2026 Academic Surgical Congress following the conclusion of the grant. No more than 10% of the funding may be used for travel – these funds will be expected to cover the cost of the awardee ASC presentation requirement.
Applications must be submitted using the online submission site which will close Friday, August 25, 2023 at 11:59 PM Pacific Time.
Part 1: General information
Complete the General Information section, which includes your contact information, Institution information, etc.
Part 2: Project information
Complete the project information section, which includes project title, alternate funding sources, mentor information, etc.
Part 3: Supporting Documents
ALL DOCUMENTS MUST BE UPLOADED AS ONE FILE IN PDF FORMAT (REQUIRED). Grants which are incomplete or do not follow the page limits or formatting guidelines will not be reviewed. Applicants submit the following materials:
- Cover Letter (Limit: 1 page) – Must outline your career development plan, short and long-term career goals, and plans for interacting with their mentors/collaborators
- NIH-style Biosketch (Limit: 5 pages)
- Comprehensive Research Plan (Limit: 5 pages) single-spaced, Arial 11pt, 1″ margin, excluding references. Must include:
- abstract for research proposal
- significance of research
- background information
- preliminary observations
- experimental plan (methods, materials, potential limitations and pitfalls)
- Budget (Limit: 1 page) – Brief budget justification. Must include 10% use for travel (see funding parameters listed above)
- Letter from Sponsoring Research Mentor (Limit: 2 pages)
- Letter of Support from the Chair of your Department (Limit: 2 pages) – The letter should also state that the award will not be used for salary support for the recipient
Applications which exceed the page limitations WILL NOT BE REVIEWED.
Previous Award Winners:
2023 Sarah Tevis, MD, University of Colorado School of Medicine
2022 Anne Ehlers, MD, University of Michigan
2021 Jashodeep Datta, MD, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
2020 Sepideh Gholami, MD, University of California, Davis
2019 Rony Marwan, MD, University of Colorado Denver
2018 Filip Bednar, University of Michigan
2017 Christopher Pannucci, University of Utah
2016 J. Joshua Smith, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
2015 Benjamin Levy, MD, University of Michigan
2014 Colin Martin, MD, University of Alabama-Birmingham
2013 Kevin P. Mollen, MD, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburg
2011 Timothy Donahue, MD, UCLA
2009 Michael Lim, MD, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
2007 Eric T. Kimchi, MD, Penn State College of Medicine/Hershey Medical Center
2005 Julie Ann Sosa, MD, Yale University School of Medicine
2003 Omaida C. Velasquez, MD, University of Miami
2001 Neri M. Cohen, MD, PhD, Greater Baltimore Medical Center
2000 Anthony D. Sandler, MD, Children’s National Medical Center