Endoscopic Research Awards
Application Deadline 5:00 PM CST, Friday, December 9, 2016
The ASGE Research Committee requires electronic
submission in a single PDF file. ASGE Membership at the time of
submission is a requirement of this award. If you
are experiencing problems submitting your grant application, please email
the application and/or questions to email@example.com or
call Liz O'Keefe at 630.570.5623.
**Please note that grants not meeting the stated
requirements, such as exceeding the page limits, will be administratively
returned without review**
ASGE Endoscopic Research Awards are offered to investigators
(MD, DO, PhD, or equivalent) for projects in basic, translational and clinical
research in endoscopy. The ASGE is particularly interested in endoscopic
research pertaining to (in no particular order): colorectal cancer, Barrett's
esophagus, training/credentialing/simulation, issues specific to
under-represented minorities (defined as women and individuals of diverse
ethnic/cultural backgrounds), measuring/improving quality and efficiency,
endoscope reprocessing and infection control, endoscopy/anesthesia monitoring
and preparation, comparative effectiveness, novel endoscopic treatments for
obesity, endoscopic ultrasound, endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography
(ERCP), and other endoscopically-guided imaging/interventions. The research
committee will consider funding pilot or "seed" projects if there is
an explicit outline for subsequent projects, and their funding plan (e.g. NIH,
VA Merit), based on the preliminary data generated by the proposed pilot.
To promote research and innovation in gastrointestinal
endoscopy in order to advance patient care and digestive health.
Candidate is required to be an ASGE member at the
time of application, be an MD (or have equivalent degree), and be
currently practicing in North America (international applications will be
considered as described below). Candidates who are delinquent on prior ASGE
research grants (e.g., progress reports) are not eligible for future ASGE
funding. If the candidate is a trainee, there must be a letter from the
trainee's Division Chief confirming the trainee's ongoing appointment and position
title at the institution for the duration of the grant.; if the trainee
applicant is not guaranteed an appointment for the duration of the grant, a
contingency plan is required. Also, trainees must submit a letter of support from
their research mentor.
Awards and Requirements
may be requested for a maximum of $75,000 in total funding, and spanning
no more than two years.
for funding pilot studies that will generate preliminary data to justify a
larger clinical trial, as well as larger requests for definitive studies,
will be considered.
budget request should be detailed and all items should be clearly related
to the research proposal. In order to maximize the funds available for
research, budgets may not include indirect costs or travel expenses. Budgets
will be carefully scrutinized by the ASGE Research Committee and will be
considered in the scoring of the grant. Inappropriate or poorly justified
budgets will jeopardize the application. Additionally, the research
committee retains the right to adjust the award to an amount it feels
appropriate for the project or per budget restrictions.
requests may include:
(e.g., research assistant and/or faculty salary support; this should
include a percentage of effort for the proposed study with appropriate
essential for the study
will not be provided for:
support for trainees
purchases (unless a unique application is proposed)
equipment and supplies needed for usual patient care (for example, polypectomy
of funding: up to two years. The second year of continued funding is
contingent on satisfactory study progress determined by the Chair of the
Research Committee based on mandatory annual progress reports.
which include more than one center will require institutional review board
approval from each center. The participating institutions and
investigators should be specified in the application. Letters of support
should be provided from each institution.
reports must be submitted to the Chair of the Research Committee via the
ASGE Administrative Offices every 12 months for the duration of the
project (ideally in advance of the 1-year mark for 2-year studies so that
the second year's funding is not delayed). Progress reports must include a
financial statement from the institutional grants or accounting office.
Failure to submit a progress report by the stated deadline may affect
for no-cost extensions must be submitted in writing to the Chair of the
Research Committee via the ASGE administrative office. This request should
include a) a detailed summary regarding how grant money has been spent (or
forecasted to be spent) up to the original award end date, and b) a
proposed budget describing in reasonable detail how the remaining funds
will be spent in the upcoming year. Although the mentor can be, and should
be, involved in this No-Cost Extension and Progress Report, it should not
be written by the mentor - it should be drafted by and signed by the
mentee PI. Change in PI for the upcoming award period should be proposed
by and justified by the original PI, including changes of the PI-ship to
Upon completion of the award, ASGE requires that a final
scientific and financial report from the grants or account office be submitted.
All publications and abstracts must acknowledge support from the ASGE.
Grants are awarded based on the scientific merit of the
proposal and assessment of the investigator's ability to complete the project
(supportive environment, experience, training, availability of patients and
other resources needed). The proposed research project must be approved by the
ASGE Research Committee and should also be of such quality as to
lead to presentation at Digestive Disease Week® and subsequent full
publication. One objective of these awards is to promote definitive studies that advance the
field of endoscopy. Therefore, proposals
with such potential (or which are likely to lead to federal or other extramural
funding for large scale studies) will be given priority.
ASGE International Members are eligible to apply for an
Endoscopic Research Award (Current ASGE membership is a requirement of
eligibility for grants and awards). The ASGE Research Committee will
consider funding one international project for up to $75,000. The project
justification should explain the relevance of the project to the ASGE membership
and should explain if there are unique reasons why an international location
for the project might be more feasible than in North America. All other
standards listed above will apply to international applicants. Please
contact firstname.lastname@example.org or Liz
O'Keefe at 630.570.5623 for more information on eligibility.
The ASGE Research Committee will review the proposals and
recommend awardees. The final selection of awards is made by the ASGE Governing
Application Deadline 5:00 PM CST, Friday, December 9,
The number of awards granted is contingent on funds
Grant Proposal Outline
Each application must have page numbers, be in Arial 11
point font, with >0.75" margins, and contain:
1. Abstract - Include name, institution,
project title, mentor name if applicable, and a one-page summary of the
proposal including hypothesis and goals. Suggested headings include:
Background; Aims/Hypothesis; Methods; Analysis and Sample size Calculation;
Timeline and Feasibility; Future Study. Limit to one page.
2. Grant Proposal - Prepare according to NIH-form SF 424
(R&R) guidelines. (Excluding References) Limit to five pages and
include each of the following headers:
a. Title and Introduction
b. Hypothesis & Specific Aims - This should
be a clear statement of the problem, the related hypothesis/question and a
brief description of the proposed scientific plan. Provide a concise
explanation in a few sentences.
c. Background and Significance to Endoscopic
Practice- Justification regarding scope of the problem, and relevance to ASGE
membership and the endoscopy community.
d. Innovation – describe how this proposal
challenges existing paradigms, employs novel technologies, approaches, tools or
e. Preliminary Data - Outline prior studies or
your pilot work already completed in this area. If prior studies have not been
done by your group, give brief details of work done by others.
f. Approach - Describe the methods of collection
and analysis of the data. A statistical data analysis plan, including sample
size calculations, is required, even for retrospective studies. Be as specific
g. Pitfalls, alternatives and future directions –
Describe potential weaknesses in the study design and approaches used to
mitigate these limitations.
h. Conflict of Interest - A statement regarding
conflict of interest and/or financial ownership, patent rights, etc. of
technique/devices being studied in the grant proposal must be included in each
grant application, along with a plan for resolution of these conflicts. If
conflicts are significant and do not appear to be able to be resolved, the
application may be denied.
3. Budget and Budget Justification - Please justify all items
(including %effort) with a separate budget justification page. Budgets will be
carefully scrutinized by the Research Committee and will be considered in the
scoring of the grant. Inappropriate or poorly justified budgets will jeopardize
the likelihood of the application receiving an award. Additionally, the
committee retains the right to adjust the award to an amount it feels
appropriate for the project. Travel and indirect costs are not permitted. Limit
to one page for budget, and one additional page for justification.
a. The maximum request should be $75,000.
Grant support for this amount may be spread over two years. The
second year of continued funding is contingent on satisfactory progress
demonstrated in mandatory yearly progress reports.
b. The budget request should be detailed and all
items should be clearly related to the research proposal. The budget should not
include costs for routine or usual patient care items.
c. Funding requests (see "Awards and
Requirements" section numbers 3-5).
d. Submitted projects for additional funding
should include a copy of the previous year's budget and Progress Report Form.
4. Resources and Environment - List facilities, equipment, and
available personnel required to complete this project. Be aware that reviewers
of the grant may not be aware of the resources and/or patient volumes of your
center. Letters of collaborations should be included, if applicable, especially
if from other institutions. Limit resources statement and
collaborator letters to one page each.
5. References - Limit to two pages.
6. Institutional Review Board - Attach IRB approval or proof
of exempt status, if available (this may help if ability to obtain IRB approval
is called into question by the committee). If not available at time of
application, and the application is funded, no funds will be released until IRB
approval is received by the ASGE Research office.
7. Supporting letters (Required from key collaborators,
especially if from other institutions, Trainees require both a letter from
the Division Chief and from their research mentor, as described above
8. Biosketch- Provide NIH-style biosketch for
candidate, mentor and co-investigators that includes all relevant publications
and current funding.
(see example at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/forms/biosketch.htm.)
Limit to five pages.