At this year’s ASC meeting, the Education Committee presented an informative session entitled “Academic Success in Surgery: What Does It Really Take?” During that session, Allan Goldstein, MD, posited that one of the key challenges to growing or maintaining a successful basic science effort is obtaining extramural funding. Well, spring has sprung!
For residents and fellows about to graduate and start their first faculty appointment, residents about to enter dedicated research fellowships, and faculty about to accept a resident into their lab, this is an exciting time of the year and one rife with opportunity. For young investigators, there area number of extramural funding options that are available. Society grants are an ideal first source of funding for junior surgical investigators. Grants are available through the American College of Surgeons, the Association for Academic Surgery, the Society of University Surgeons, the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract, the American Surgical Association, the Society for Surgical Oncology, the American Pediatric Surgery Association, and many others. Some of these are geared towards resident/fellow support, while others are for career development of young faculty members (typically <3-5 years from the initial faculty appointment). Many of these awards are open for application now, with deadlines through the summer. I strongly encourage you to apply.