AGA-Ferring Research Institute Award in Celiac Disease Research
Two awards are available to investigators engaged in research into the role of the immune system in celiac disease or non-celiac gluten sensitivity, including the role of the gut microbiota in these disorders.
At A Glance
|Amount per year:||$60,000|
|Deadline:||Oct. 25, 2013|
|Start Date:||January 2014|
This award provides $60,000 per year for two years (up to $10,000/year may be used for equipment and supplies) to investigators engaged in research related to gluten intolerance disorders or food allergies. Funding for this award is provided by the Ferring Research Institute, San Diego, CA.
The overall objective of the AGA research awards program is to enable investigators, especially those in the early stages of their careers, to develop and maintain independent and productive research careers in digestive diseases by ensuring that a major proportion of their time is protected for research. The specific objectives of this award are to further research into: (1) the role of the immune system in the pathogenesis of gluten-intolerance disorders, and (2) the relationship of the gut microbiota to gluten intolerance. (The proposed research does not necessarily have to relate to the gut microbiota.)
- 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 a North American institution by Jan. 1, 2014.
- Recipients of this award must be AGA members. Recipients who are not members must submit an application for full membership in order to receive funding. Please visit the membership page or call 301-654-2055, extension 651, for membership information.
- Preference will be given to candidates in the beginning years of their careers: gastroenterologists who have completed a gastroenterology fellowship in 2006 or later or PhD applicants who received their PhD in 2006 or later.
- Women and underrepresented minority applicants are strongly encouraged to apply; these applications in particular will receive the review committee’s full consideration.
- An appropriately documented parental leave of absence will not be counted toward the above noted seven year eligibility criteria. Exceptional circumstances may also be considered.
- Institutional indirect costs are not allowed. Upon notification of receipt of this award, the recipient must provide institutional approval from the appropriate committee for use of human subjects or animals. If approval is not necessary, the recipient must provide an explanation.
- The award recipient must submit a scientific progress report and a financial statement by Jan. 31, 2015. Second year funding is contingent upon submission of this documentation. A final concise summary of the results of the research supported by this grant is required within thirty days of completion. Also, it is expected that a publishable manuscript will be submitted to Gastroenterology or Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. All publications, presentations and abstracts arising from work funded by this grant must acknowledge support of the AGA-Ferring Research Institute Award in Celiac Disease Research.
There must be a strong commitment from the candidate’s institution to support the required protected time for research and adequate laboratory space and/or other supporting facilities. These commitments must be outlined in a letter from the candidate’s division chief or department chair. The letter must certify that the award is being used to provide protected time, in accord with the terms of the award.
The recipient will be selected based on the following criteria: significance and ultimate implication of the research to preventing or treating disease, innovation, approach, institutional environment and commitment.
Members of the AGA Institute Research Awards Panel and representatives of Ferring Research Institute will review the proposals and select the award recipients. Funding will commence January 2014.
The application deadline is Oct. 25. 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 are not accepted; please email your application. Direct all questions to the Senior Research Awards Manager via telephone at 301-222-4012 or email.