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1 Award

1 Year Term


1 Award

1 Year Term

This award provides $30,000 for one year to independent investigators at any career stage to support the research and development of novel devices or technologies that will potentially impact the diagnosis or treatment of digestive disease.


Applications Under Review


The objective of this AGA Research Foundation Pilot Research Award is to provide funds to early career investigators to help establish their research careers or to support projects that represent new research directions for established investigators. Projects must focus on designing and/or testing improvements to existing technology, developing a new device, diagnostic, research method technology, and/or investigating the application of nanotechnology or methodologies such as computational biology to gastroenterology- or hepatology-related areas.


  • Applicants for this award must hold an MD, PhD and/or equivalent degree (e.g., MBBS, MBChB, DO) and a full-time faculty or equivalent position at an institution in North America (United States, Canada or Mexico).
  • AGA membership is required at the time of application submission. Please visit the AGA membership page or call 301-654-2055 for membership information.
  • Applicants performing any type of research (basic, translational, clinical) relevant to digestive disorders are eligible to apply.
  • Applicants who are physician-scientists, female or from racial/ethnic groups underrepresented in biomedical research are strongly encouraged to apply.


  • The proposed research must focus on research and development of novel devices or technologies that will impact the diagnosis or treatment of digestive diseases, including:
    • Research and development of a new device(s).
    • Design and test a significant improvement to an existing technology.
    • Develop a new diagnostic.
    • Develop a novel research method technology.
    • Investigate the application of nanotechnology or methodologies to the digestive system.
  • Applicants may not submit the same proposal to multiple AGA Pilot Research Awards offered in the same year.
  • Early career investigators are required to have a mentor for this award. The mentor will supervise the principal investigator’s research activities ensuring timelines and deliverables.
    • MD applicants are considered “early career” if no more than seven years have elapsed following the completion of clinical training (GI fellowship or its equivalent) and the start date (i.e., April 2021) of this award.
    • PhD applicants are considered “early career” if no more than seven years have elapsed following conferment of the PhD degree and the start date (i.e., April 2021) of this award.
  • For all applicants at the instructor or assistant professor level, a letter of recommendation from the applicant’s division chief or department chair that outlines support of the applicant and their research project is required.
  • Established investigators who are applying for this award should state explicitly how the proposed research is different from their previous line(s) of investigation.
  • The application must indicate how the principal investigator will use the pilot data as an extension of their work that will allow them to apply for additional funding through another agency, such as NIH. 
  • A completed research facilities and resources form.
  • Biographical sketches for the applicant, mentor (if applicable) and all key personnel must be submitted.
  • Upon notification of receipt of this award, the recipient must provide approval from the appropriate institutional committee(s) for use of human
    subjects or animals. If approval is not necessary, the recipient must provide documentation from the appropriate regulatory committee.
  • Recipients must submit scientific and financial progress reports to AGA upon completion of the award and as needed at the request of the AGA Research Foundation.
  • If there are any potential intellectual property implications, Medtronic would have right of first refusal to work out an agreement for further development with the grantee and their institution.
  • Additional pre-award policies are available for reference.


  • Applications must use AGA’s budget template as provided in the application form.
  • Applicants must submit a budget narrative justifying expenses in the budget.
  • The following expenses are allowable:
    • Salary and benefits of the principal investigator.
    • Salary and benefits of research assistants, laboratory technicians and/or other key personnel.
    • Biostatistics support.
    • Supplies, animals, equipment or other materials necessary for the proposed research.
  • The following expenses are not allowed:
    • Salary and benefits of the mentor.
    • Travel costs.
    • Indirect costs.


At the time of application submission, applicants may not hold awards directly related to the proposed research from another organization (e.g., government agency, foundation, academic institution, professional society). If the applicant is granted the award and notified of a comparable award from another agency prior to the first payment of this award, the recipient must select one of the two awards (i.e., the recipient may not retain both awards).


The recipient will be selected based on the following criteria: significance, investigator, innovation, approach, environment, evidence of institutional commitment, relevance to AGA’s mission and the overall likelihood that the project will lead to subsequent, more substantial grants.


A selection committee comprising members of the AGA Research Awards Panel will review the proposals and select the award recipients. Funding will commence in April 2021.


The application deadline is Sept. 2, 2020. Applications are only accepted through the AGA Grants Management System. Click the “Apply Now” button to create an account and/or submit an application. Applicants may preview the application as it will appear in the AGA Grants Management System. Please note that this template is for reference only; all applications are completed online by selecting the “Apply Now” button.


Please direct all questions to the AGA Awards Program at


Funding for this award is provided by Medtronic PLC.


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