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AGA Research Grants FAQ

Review these commonly asked questions about applying for an AGA research grant. Download the FAQ as a PDF.

Before starting your application

Yes. Applicants must be AGA members in good standing at the time of submission. Please visit AGA’s membership page or call 301-654-2055 for membership information.

All AGA research awards require that applicants have an MD, PhD and/or equivalent degree (e.g., MBChB, MBBS, DO) and a full-time faculty or equivalent position at an institution in North America (United States, Canada or Mexico).

Examples of faculty-equivalent positions include research associate, research scientist, and research investigator. Please email [email protected] to verify that your faculty-equivalent position is eligible.

If you are an MD (or equivalent), no more than seven years shall have elapsed following the completion of clinical training (GI fellowship or its equivalent) and the start date of the award you are applying to.

If you are a PhD (or equivalent), no more than seven years shall have elapsed following the awarding of the PhD degree and the start date of the award you are applying to.

Proposals must be relevant to digestive or liver diseases. AGA accepts applications across the research spectrum, including basic, translational and clinical research. AGA defines these research categories as follows:

  • Clinical: Research involving direct contact with human subjects or using clinical data to address problems related to the prevention, diagnosis treatment or outcome of human diseases (e.g., clinical epidemiology). This category also includes research related to health care delivery (e.g., health services, health IT).
  • Basic/translational: Research with the primary goal of understanding basic biology or disease mechanisms. This category can involve animal subjects, cell culture, human biospecimens or human data as resources for laboratory- or informatics-based investigation.

When you are ready to apply, you can access the award application on AGA’s Research Award page. Select the award you are interested in to read the specific requirements and limitations. If the award is accepting applications, it will have a blue “Apply Now” button at the top of the page. All submissions are completed online through AGA’s grants management system; hard copies and email attachments are not accepted.

Yes. Within each award on the Apply for Awards page, you will see a “Preview Application” link to access a PDF version of the application.

Application questions

A sponsor takes responsibility for the quality assessment of the proposed research, the quality of the research environment the project will be conducted in, and the credentials of the principal investigator and other key researchers/staff involved in the project.

A mentor supervises the principal investigator’s research activities. In the Personal Statement section of their biosketch, the mentor should note their relationship with the principal investigator and the proposed research project.

The research plan should include three distinct sections: Significance, Innovation and Approach (including preliminary data). The research plan should include sufficient information needed for evaluation of the project independent of any other document. Be specific, informative and succinct.

Yes. The specific aims, research plan, references, career development plan (if applicable), biosketches and budget justification should all follow these guidelines:

  • All supporting materials uploaded with your application must be in PDF format.
  • Uploaded documents must be standard letter size, measuring 8.5 by 11 inches (21.59  x 27.94 cm), and in portrait orientation.
  • Margins must be 0.5 inches (1.27 cm) or larger.
  • Avoid use of footers and page numbers. Avoid use of headers except for labeling separate application uploads with their category and your last name (e.g., LastName_Specific_Aims, LastName_Research_Plan).
  • Use Arial, Calibri, Times New Roman or Helvetica fonts.
  • Font size must be 11 points or larger in the main text. Smaller font sizes are allowable in tables, figures, diagrams or other supporting information, but must be no smaller than 8 points. Any smaller fonts must be legible when the page is viewed at 100 percent zoom.
  • Use the Gastroenterology citation style for in-text referencing and to format citations in the bibliography.
  • Full instructions are available from the Instructions to Authors.

Yes. These vary by award mechanism:

 Research Scholar AwardsPilot Research AwardsDigestive Cancer Awards (e.g., Funderburg Augustyn)Fellowship-to-Faculty Transition Awards
Specific aims1 page
Research plan6 pages3 pages3 pages4 pages
References / BibliographyNo page limit
Career development plan2 pagesn/an/a2 pages
Biosketch (template)5 pages per biosketch
Budget (template )No page limit, but you must use the AGA template
Budget justificationNo page limit
Facilities and resources (template)No page limit, but you must use the AGA template
Research mentor letter of support3 pages1 page1 page2 pages
Division/department letter of support1 pageRefer to award description1 page
Other letters of support (if applicable)1 page per letter

Yes. If you are an early-career investigator at the instructor or assistant professor level (or equivalent), a letter of recommendation from your division chief or department chair is required for Research Scholar Awards, Pilot Research Awards, and other specialty awards. Please see the Requirements section within the criterion for your specific award of interest for additional guidelines.

Yes, it is available on the Award Resources page, along with templates for your NIH biosketch and facilities and resources information.

Yes. For all awards, indirect costs and costs for mentors/sponsors are not allowed. Please see the Requirements section within the criterion for your specific award of interest for any additional budget limitations.

Yes. You may enter the information all at once or enter it in stages and save your progress.

After you apply

No. Once an application is submitted, you cannot alter its contents. Please thoroughly review your application materials to ensure it is correct before submitting. Due to the high volume of applications we receive, any incorrect or incomplete submissions are automatically removed from consideration.

Members of the AGA Institute Research Awards Panel are charged with scientific review of all applications and selecting award recipients. Applications are matched with reviewers based on their areas of expertise. 

For all research awards, including Research Scholar Awards and Pilot Research Awards, up to five months after the application deadline. For abstract and travel awards, up to two months after the application deadline.

All applicants will receive an email from [email protected] whether or not they have been chosen to receive funding.

Who do I contact if my question has not been answered above?

If you have additional questions, please contact the AGA Awards Program via email at [email protected]. You will receive a response within 48 hours.