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1 Award

2 Year Term


1 Award

2 Year Term

This award provides $50,000 per year for two years (totaling $100,000) to an established investigator working on novel approaches in gastric cancer research.


Next Awards Cycle in 2023


The objective of this AGA Research Foundation award is to support an established investigator in the field of gastric cancer research working to enhance our fundamental understanding of gastric cancer pathobiology or approaches to prevent, treat or cure gastric cancer.

Applicant eligibility

  • Applicants must be established as an independent investigator in the field of gastric biology.
    • MD applicants are considered “established” if seven or more years have elapsed following the completion of clinical training (GI fellowship or its equivalent) at the start date of this award (i.e., January 2023).
    • PhD applicants are considered “established” if seven or more years have elapsed following the awarding of the PhD degree and the start date of this award (i.e., January 2023).
  • Applicants for this award must hold an MD, PhD and/or equivalent degree (e.g., MBBS, MBChB, DO).
  • Applicants must hold a full‐time faculty or equivalent position at an institution in North America (United States, Canada and Mexico).
  • AGA membership is required at the time of application submission. Please visit AGA’s membership page or call 301-654-2055 for membership information.
  • Applicants performing any type of research (basic, translational, clinical) relevant to gastric cancer are eligible to apply.
  • Applicants who are physician-scientists, female or from racial/ethnic groups underrepresented in biomedical research are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • AGA Institute Governing Board members are not eligible to apply while they are actively serving on the governing board.

Application requirements

  • The proposed research must focus on gastric cancer research. The following areas are of particular interest:
    • Gastric mucosal cell biology.
    • Regeneration and regulation of cell growth (not as they relate to peptic ulcer disease or repair).
    • Inflammation (including Helicobacter pylori) as precancerous lesions.
    • Genetics of gastric carcinoma.
    • Oncogenes in gastric epithelial malignancies.
    • Epidemiology of gastric cancer.
    • Etiology of gastric epithelial malignancies.
    • Clinical research in the diagnosis or treatment of gastric carcinoma.
    • Evidence gaps highlighted in AGA’s GI Cancer Surveillance in Gastric Intestinal Metaplasia guideline including basic, translational and clinical research to inform the evidence base for the guidelines. Clinical research includes health services research to address the implementation of the guidelines into clinical practice.
  • A complete research facilities and resources form.
  • Biographical sketches for the applicant and all key personnel.
  • 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 annually during the award term, and as needed at the request of the AGA Research Foundation. AGA reserves the right to withhold subsequent funding if reporting requirements are not fulfilled.
  • Additional information regarding AGA’s pre-award policies is available on the Research Award Policies page.

Budgeting requirements

  • 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 or other key personnel.
    • Biostatistical support.
    • Supplies, animals, equipment and/or other materials necessary for the proposed research.
  • The following expenses are not allowed:
    • Indirect costs.
    • Travel costs.

Award overlap

At the time of application submission, applicants may not hold awards directly related to the proposed research from other organizations (i.e., government agency, foundation, academic institution, professional society, etc.). 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).

Selection criteria

The recipient will be selected based on the following criteria: significance, investigator, innovation, approach, environment, evidence of institutional commitment and relevance to AGA’s mission. Preference is given to applicants proposing novel approaches.

Review process

A selection committee comprising members of the AGA Research Awards Panel will review proposals and select award recipients. Funding will commence January 2023.

Application process

The application deadline is July 19, 2022. 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 preview 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


Support of this program by the R. Robert and Sally D. Funderburg Charitable Trust is gratefully acknowledged.