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Senior Investigator Mentoring Award

This award is not currently being offered for the 2014 Awards Cycle.


The ASGE Research Committee requires electronic submission. If you experience problems submitting your grant application, please email the application and/or questions to, or call Liz O'Keefe at (630) 570-5623.

Please note: Some requirements may have changed since the last award was presented, it is important to read the requirements and instructions carefully. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure the grant application meets all formatting requirements. Grants not meeting the submission requirements, such as exceeding page limits, will be administratively returned without review; extra time (beyond submission deadline) will not be given to correct these violations.

Description and Objectives

The purpose of the Covidien Senior Investigator Mentoring Award is to provide support for investigators to act as research mentors in the field of endoscopy for clinical fellows and/or junior faculty devoted to furthering the cause of endoscopic research. The applicant should already have extramural funding and institutional commitment to match the Covidien grant’s protected time. This Covidien grant will fund up to 20% protected time (based on NIH salary caps, and up to the maximum amount allowed by the amount of this award) to mentor mentees/trainees in the proposed endoscopic research projects.

This award is intended to advance both the mentoring endeavors of the senior investigator and the endoscopic research of outstanding junior investigators.  It is expected that both applicants and mentees will apply for new and ongoing independent peer-reviewed funding in the near future. This award is not intended for use as a change-of-career grant, however it may be used to enhance or gain new specific skills needed to mentor young investigators. 

This award is not intended to fund specific research project costs other than the protected time and skill acquisition needed for mentoring. However, if funds are available after the salary support of the mentor is applied, some of the remaining funds may be considered for use as an operating grant for a specific project(s) to be done by mentee(s); this use of anticipated residual funds needs to be requested, budgeted and justified  in advance and needs to be approved by the committee.


Candidate must be an ASGE member,(ASGE membership is requirement of eligibility for grants and awards, must be a current member at the time of application) an MD (or have equivalent degree), and currently in a gastroenterology-related endoscopic practice in North America. Individuals who are delinquent on prior ASGE progress reports will not be eligible for this funding.

Grant Requirements

  1. Biosketches: Provide NIH-style biosketches (for mentor and for proposed mentees) that includes all relevant publications and funding. Limit each to four pages.
  2. Personal Statement and Mentoring Track Record: The applicant should provide details of his/her immediate and extended career objective in mentoring new trainees/mentees. Include a summary of the research career of the applicant including specific achievements in previous mentoring. A list of (selected) prior mentees (last 10 years), projects mentored, and the current status/rank (academic practice, independent funding) of those past mentees is requested, to support the track record. Limit two pages.
  3. Scientific Proposals: The submitted grant application should include 1-page structured abstracts of 2-3 scientific proposals, generally oriented around a common endoscopic theme, that are planned over the study period. These proposals should ideally be already funded, however, if award funds are available (after 20% effort applied), a separate budget may be submitted for a portion of the remaining funds to be used to help support these specific projects (see Budget).

    The proposals should allow for individual fellow(s) or junior faculty(s) trainee(s) to play a key role under the mentorship of the applicant. The proposal abstracts/summaries must include: Background, Specific aims, Methods (including analysis plan and sample size calculation), project timeline and feasibility, the role of the trainee(s), mentee(s) in the project (what specific skills will be acquired by participating in the proposed research), and future funding plans.  Limit 3 pages (ie., approximately 1 page per proposal).
  4. Mentoring plan: A mentoring plan, including plans for meeting with mentees/trainees, should be provided. The mentoring plan must be feasible given the applicant’s current time commitments, and be credible, justified by success in meeting prior mentoring plans. This section should also include a brief summary of each mentee’s career status and goals, and brief highlights regarding their research, skills, major awards, and grants obtained, explaining why the mentor-mentee relationship is well-paired, and likely to succeed. Limit one page.
  5. Letters of Commitment: Letters from both the applicant’s Division Chief and Department Chair are required, confirming that the institution agrees to provide, if funded, at least 20% of matching protected time for mentoring. The applicant should also already have at least 5% protected time funded through extramural mechanisms. Overall, combining the institutional commitment, current grants and this ASGE award, the awardee will have at least 40% protected time during the award period. Limit to one page each.
  6. Letters of Support: Letter from two prior mentees should be provided to support the mentor’s abilities, attitudes, and commitment to mentoring. It should include details regarding the mentor’s prior success in adhering to prior mentoring plans .Limit to one page each.
  7. Budget: A detailed two-year budget is required, detailing 20% salary, fringe and up to 20% indirect expenses for the candidate, according to the NIH salary cap (See NIH Salary cap link: for Associate Professor (i.e., Executive Level II of the Federal Executive Pay scale).

    If residual funds are anticipated, a separate budget for personnel and/or supplies needed to complete the mentees’ project(s) can be included, up to approximately $20,000/year. Indirect expenses are not allowed for the operating grant portion. Budget justification page is required if an operating grant is requested, justifying each line item of the budget. Note that the amount that is ultimately granted may differ, after modification by the committee.
  8. Conflict of Interest (COI) and Financial Interest Disclosure: Financial interests (any relevant within 12-months; and any others, regardless of relevance, if over $10,000) must be disclosed. This disclosure should be in the form of a table with two column headings: Company/Entity, Relationship (eg. Research Support, Honorarium, Stock/Ownership, etc.). A COI resolution plan should be included, to explain to the committee how these relationships may cause potential conflicts, and how these conflicts will be resolved. Any relevant existing or pending patents must also be disclosed.
  9. Progress reports: Annual progress reports must be submitted to the chair of the Research Committee at the end of each year of funding and then every 12 months for three (3) years after the award ends.  Each progress report should include: the name of the trainees during the study period, status and current academic rank (fellow, faculty-rank), additional grants obtained as a result of this award and current status of publications submitted. The second year’s portion of the award is conditional on progress made in the first year.


The grant will provide up to a total of $180,000 (up to $90,000 per year for two (2) years), to cover 20% protected time funded at the NIH salary cap (See NIH Salary cap link: for Associate Professor (plus fringe and a maximum of 20% for indirect expenses).

Again, anticipated residual funds may be budgeted as a small operating grant to support mentored projects, up to approximately $20,000 per year. Note that the second year’s portion of the award is conditional on progress made in the first year.

Submission Deadline

This award is not currently being offered for the 2014 Awards Cycle.

*The award granted is contingent on funds available.

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