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The AGA Research Foundation’s Pilot Research Awards provide funds to early career investigators in support of their research careers or to established investigators pursuing projects that represent new research directions. The objective of the AGA Pilot Research Award in Digestive Disease Health Disparities is to advance research on health and health care disparities related to digestive diseases. Projects must be related to understanding the causes of or testing interventions intended to eliminate such disparities. They may focus on the pathophysiology, epidemiology, prevention, diagnosis, patient access to or quality of care, treatment or patient outcomes of a digestive disease or disorder associated with a health difference that is closely linked with economic, social or environmental disadvantage.
- The AGA Pilot Research Award in Health Disparities is open to investigations addressing disparities associated with any digestive disease or disorder. A total of two (2) awards are available.
- The AGA-Amgen Pilot Research Award in Health Disparities is open to investigations addressing disparities associated with any digestive disease or disorder. One (1) award is available.
- The AGA-Bristol Myers Squibb Pilot Research Award in Inflammatory Bowel Disease Health Disparities is open to investigations addressing disparities in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). One (1) award is available.
• The AGA-Merck Pilot Research Award in Colorectal Cancer Health Disparities is open to investigations addressing disparities in colorectal cancer. One (1) award is available.
- The AGA-Pfizer Pilot Research Award in Inflammatory Bowel Disease Health Disparities is open to investigations addressing disparities in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). One (1) award is available.
- 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 be relevant to health and/or health care disparities in gastroenterology, hepatology, pancreatology or endoscopy.
- 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) at the start date (i.e., April 2022) of this award.
- PhD applicants are considered “early career” if no more than seven years have elapsed following the awarding of the PhD degree and the start date (i.e., April 2022) of this award.
- For all applicants at the instructor or assistant professor level, a letter of recommendation from their 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 complete 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.
- Additional pre-award policies are available on the Research Award Policies page.
- Applicants must use AGA’s budget template as provided in the application form.
- 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 allowable:
- Salary and benefits of the mentor (if applicable).
- Indirect costs.
- Travel 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 2022.
The application deadline is August 26, 2021. 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.