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2 Awards

1 Year Term


2 Awards

1 Year Term

This award provides $50,000 for projects of up to one-year duration to recipients at any career stage investigating SARS-CoV-2 or novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the context of the digestive system.


Not Open For Applications Yet


The objective of this AGA Research Foundation rapid response research award is to provide funds for critical, time-sensitive and clinically relevant research intended to improve the understanding of COVID-19 pathophysiology, epidemiology, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and/or patient outcomes. Projects must also have relevance to gastroenterology, hepatology, pancreatology or endoscopy, and should have rapid translation to and impact on COVID-19.


  • Applicants 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.


  • The proposed research may be basic or clinical but must clearly demonstrate clinical relevance and address COVID-19 pathophysiology, epidemiology, prevention, diagnosis, treatment or patient outcomes in the context of the digestive system.
  • The proposed research must be no more than one year in duration.
  • Applications will consist of: 
    • Impact statement
    • Specific aims (no more than one page) 
    • Research plan including rationale, methodology/approach, deliverables, and timeline (no more than three pages), 
    • Bibliography
    • Budget and narrative justification 
    • Facilities and resources form
    • NIH-style biosketches (no more than five pages) for the PI and all key personnel.
  • Upon notification of receipt of this award, the recipient must provide approval from the appropriate institutional committee 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 project and as needed upon request.


  • 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 for the principal investigator or other personnel. You must provide clear justification if the total budget is exclusively allocated to salary and benefits.
    • Biostatistics/bioinformatics support.
    • Supplies and/or equipment.
    • Other direct expenses necessary to conduct the proposed research
  • The following expenses are not allowed:
    • Travel costs.
    • Indirect costs.


The recipient will be selected based on the following criteria: significance, investigator, innovation, approach, environment, relevance to the digestive system, and the overall likelihood that the project will meaningfully advance the understanding of COVID-19 pathophysiology or epidemiology, or the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, or outcomes of patients with COVID-19 in the context of the digestive system. Projects demonstrating a rapid pathway to clinical utility and those with high likelihood of expanding this funding opportunity into a subsequent grant will receive priority.


A selection committee comprising members of the AGA Research Awards Panel will review the proposals and select the award recipients through an expedited review process. Award recipients will be notified no later than July 31, 2020.



The application deadline is June 10, 2020. Applications are submitted 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, though please note that the preview is for reference only and all applications must be 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 Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., Inc.


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