ASGE Research Awards

  • ASGE membership at time of submission is a requirement of eligibility for grants and awards.
  • The number and type of awards granted each year is contingent on available funds.
  • Only electronic single PDF applications will be considered.

ASGE Research Awards are offered to investigators (MD, DO, PhD, or equivalent) for projects in basic, translational and clinical research with a relationship to gastrointestinal endoscopy. The ASGE is particularly interested in research pertaining to (in no particular order): colorectal cancer screening, Barrett's esophagus, endoscopy training, health disparities, quality measurement and improvement, endoscope reprocessing and infection control, endoscopic sedation/anesthesia, bowel preparation, novel endoscopic treatments for obesity, endoscopic ultrasound (EUS), endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP), and other endoscopically-guided imaging/interventions. The research committee will consider funding pilot 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. 

Awardee Spotlight

Headshot Buscaglia Jonathan
"The NYSGE Florence Lefcourt Endoscopy Research Award has been tremendously beneficial for my career as a researcher and academic gastroenterologist. It was my first successful externally peer-reviewed grant. After submitting more than 10 grants in the previous two years with little success, the ASGE award provided a much-needed boost of confidence and validated my desire to be a clinical investigator.

I believe the grantsmanship experience I gained and the award itself were both crucial factors that helped me to obtain a subsequent K08 award from the National Cancer Institute. The ASGE research award has truly been a catalyst for my research career, and for that I will always be grateful."

Peter S. Liang, MD, MPH

VA New York Harbor Manhattan Medical Center
New York, New York


Koushik K. Das
"I am so honored to have received the ASGE Research Award. As a translational researcher and therapeutic endoscopist, I am working to examine the utility of biomarkers for malignant transformation and early detection in pancreatic cancer. This generous support from the ASGE has allowed me to develop my research program as I start my independent career to translate novel molecular tools to identify at-risk lesions and improve patient outcomes. Specifically, utilizing the data we have generated with the help of the ASGE research award, we are working to better define a novel biomarker, mAb Das-1, in a large, multicenter, national validation cohort and hope to translate this to clinical use.

Utilizing this preliminary data, we have been able to successfully obtain NIH funding for a larger national pancreatic biomarker validation effort as well as identify an exciting novel sub-cellular process that may be to be critical in pancreatic oncogenesis."

Koushik K. Das, MD
Washington University School of Medicine
Saint Louis, Missouri


Award Recipients


Research Awards

Nauzer Forbes, MD, MSc
University of Calgary
Infection Control in ERCP using a Duodenoscope with a Disposable Cap (ICECAP): a Randomized Controlled Trial

Joel H. Rubenstein, MD, MSc, FASGE
University of Michigan Medical School
Yield of Repeat Screening for Barrett’s Esophagus

Yutaka Tomizawa, MD, MSc
University of Washington
Risk factors for neoplasia in U.S. patients with gastric intestinal metaplasia

Catharine Walsh, MD, MEd, PhD, FRCPC, FAAP
University of Toronto
Cognitive Simulation and Deliberate Practice to Improve Optical Diagnosis and Management Decision-Making Skills for Colorectal Polyps

Grant Receipt Follow-up Report

The ASGE Foundation and the ASGE Research Committee would like to sincerely thank all of the past grant recipients willing to take the time to provide valuable feedback about the outcomes of their ASGE-funded research projects. Please print out a follow-up report and fax the completed form to (630) 573-0691.

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