Young Investigator Award in Basic and Clinical Science

Elevated to a recognition prize in 2014, this award honors two young investigators, one in basic science and one in clinical science, for outstanding research achievements. To read about all 2021 AGA recognition prize winners, please read the press release.

AGA will announce the 2023 Recognition Award Recipients in early 2023.

Recognition Award nominations are open through Aug. 23, 2022.


Established as an AGA recognition prize in 2014, the Young Investigator Awards honor two early-career investigators, one in basic science and one in clinical science, for outstanding research achievements.


Nominees must be current AGA members at the time of nomination and prize acceptance. Candidates must have demonstrated exemplary achievements in basic or clinical research in the field of gastroenterology or hepatology. Qualified candidates will have MD, PhD and/or equivalent degree(s). Candidates must be independent investigators who have held a faculty position for less than seven years.

Selection process

The recipient is selected by the AGA Research Policy Committee and ratified by the AGA Governing Board. Recipients will be chosen for originality, innovative insight into a major problem in gastroenterology and the significance of his/her work to an area of research in gastroenterology or hepatology.


The recipients are recognized at the AGA Awards Ceremony during Digestive Disease Week®.

Nomination and submission process

All nominations must be submitted online by a primary nominator who is an AGA member. The names of additional AGA members who support the nomination should be listed on the nomination form.

The following supporting materials must be uploaded with the nomination form in PDF format. Please title the files using the nominee’s last name, first initial and type of file (i.e., DoeJ_Letter.pdf, DoeJ_CV.pdf).

  • A nomination letter, not to exceed two pages, signed by the primary nominator and additional AGA members who support the nomination. If the letter has multiple signatures, additional signature pages beyond the two-page limit are allowed.
  • Nominee’s curriculum vitae.
The nomination letter should address:
  • A brief summary of the nominee’s training and background.
  • The nominator’s qualifications to interpret and evaluate the nominee and his/her work.
  • Relevance to and impact of the nominee’s work in his/her field of research, including citation of notable publications authored by the nominee.
  • Evidence of respect for the nominee’s work in his/her field of research, such as inclusion of the nominee’s work in the subsequent research of other investigators.
  • Broad scientific implications of the nominee’s work to any other disciplines, clinical or basic. This may include major technical or methodological contributions such as new or improved analytical methods.
  • A summary of the nominee’s other significant research accomplishments in addition to those recognized by the prize.
  • Important relevant personal characteristics of the nominee, such as how they function as the intellectual and motivational force within his/her research group and his/her ability to attract and develop young scientists.

Please forward all questions about this and other AGA recognition prizes to 301-941-2619 or via email at .

Recipients (2015–2022)

2022 Shailja Shah, MD, MPH; Kelley Yan, MD, PhD
2021 Arthur Beyder, MD, PhD; Elliot Benjamin Tapper, MD
2020 Jennifer Lai, MD, MBA; Nobuhiko Kamada, PhD
2019 Sonia S. Kupfer, MD; Costas A. Lyssiotis, PhD
2018 David S. Goldberg, MD, MSCE; Andrew D. Rhim, MD
2016 John T. Chang, MD; Aasma Shaukat, MD, MPH
2015 Hamed Khalili, MD, MPH; Alexio Muse, MD, PhD