AGA-Elsevier Gut Microbiome Pilot Research Award

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Grants are provided to investigators to support pilot research projects in gastroenterology- or hepatology-related areas.

At A Glance

Eligibility: New & Established Investigators
Amount/year: $25,000
Duration: One year
Deadline: Jan. 15, 2016
Start Date: July 1, 2016


This research initiative grant for $25,000 for one year is offered to early stage and established investigators to support pilot research projects pertaining to the gut microbiome.


The objective of this award is to provide investigators non-salary funds to help establish their research careers or support pilot projects that represent new research directions. The intent of the award is to stimulate research into the relationship of the gut microbiota to digestive health and disease by providing time for investigators to obtain new data that can ultimately lead to subsequent grant applications for more substantial funding and duration.


  • Candidates for this award must hold an MD, PhD or equivalent degree (e.g. MB, ChB, MBBS, DO) and a full-time faculty position at an accredited North American institution.
  • Candidates research must be conducted at a North American institution.
  • Candidates may not hold awards directly related to the proposed research from other agencies.
  • AGA membership is required at the time of application submission. Please visit the membership page or call 301-654-2055, extension 651, for membership information.
  • Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Award Overlap

If candidate is granted the award and notified of a comparable award from another agency prior to the first payment of this award, the recipient must select one of the two awards (i.e. the recipient may not retain both awards). Candidates may not submit the same research project for both the AGA-Elsevier Gut Microbiome Pilot Research Award and the AGA-Elsevier Pilot Research Award.


  • Funds may be used for sequencing charges, bioinformatics support, animal charges, personnel, supplies and equipment. Indirect costs are not allowed.
  • A letter of recommendation from the Division Chief or Department Chair is required for all applicants at the Instructor or Assistant Professor level.
  • Established investigators who are applying for this award should state explicitly how the research being proposed is different from their previous line of research.
  • Upon notification of receipt of this award, the recipient must provide approval from the appropriate institution committee for use of human subjects or animals. If approval is not necessary, the recipient must provide an explanation.
  • A brief scientific progress summary must be submitted by the award recipient upon completion of the project.
  • The recipient of this award will be recognized at the Researcher Recognition Celebration during DDW. The recipient and his/her sponsor are strongly encouraged to attend.

Selection Criteria

The recipient will be selected based on novelty, importance, feasibility, environment and the overall likelihood that the project will lead to subsequent, more substantial grants in gut microbiome research.

Review Process

A selection committee comprised of members of the AGA Research Awards Panel will review the proposals and select the award recipient. Funding will commence in July.

Application Process

The application deadline date for this award is Jan. 15. The completed application, letters of support or commitment and other documents, as applicable, must be combined into and submitted as one PDF document. The document must be titled by the applicant’s last name and first initial only. Hard copies will not be accepted; please email your application, including the applicant's full name and project title. Please direct all questions to the Research Awards Manager, by telephone at 301-222-4012 or via email. For more information about this award and other research funding opportunities, visit the Research Foundation page.

Approved by the AGA Governing Board, VOTED, July 2012