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AGA-Boston Scientific Technology and Innovation Pilot Award

Application Deadline: Jan. 11, 2019
Start Date: July 1, 2018

Total Award Amount: $30,000
Term: 1 year
Number of Awards: 1
Eligible Categories: Established Investigators, Young Investigators

(Currently Closed: All details within apply to the 2018 grant  and are subject to change.  Details for the 2019 grant will be available May 2018.) 


This award provides $30,000 for one year to early career and established investigators working in gastroenterology, hepatology or related areas focused on technology and innovation.



The objective of this pilot research award is to provide funds for early career investigators or established investigators pursuing new research directions. Projects must focus on medical technologies relevant to the diagnosis or treatment of digestive or liver diseases, including but not limited to using an existing technology for a new application; evaluating clinical and/or patient-reported outcomes associated with a technology; assessing the health economics of a medical technology; studying the impact of appropriate use of technology in clinical practice; or creating and testing a new device.



  • Candidates for this award must hold an MD, PhD or equivalent degree (e.g., MBChB, MBBS, DO) and a full-time faculty position at an accredited North American institution.
  • AGA membership is required at the time of application submission. Please visit www.gastro.org or call 301-654-2055, extension 651, for membership information.  
  • Women and underrepresented minority applicants are strongly encouraged to apply.



At the time of application submission, candidates may not hold awards directly related to the proposed research from other organizations (i.e., government agency, foundation, academic institution, professional society, etc.).  If the 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).



  • The proposed research must focus on technology and innovation relevant to digestive and/or liver diseases, such as:
    • Developing a novel technology that has applications to clinical care and research; 
    • Developing a new diagnostic or therapeutic device;
    • Designing and testing a significant improvement to an existing technology; or
    • Developing a novel research method technology.
  • Funds may be used for salary support of the primary investigator, salary support of research assistants, biostatistics support, laboratory technicians, supplies and/or equipment. Indirect costs and travel costs are not allowed.
  • Early career investigators are required to have a preceptor for this award. A preceptor will supervise the principal investigator’s research activities and will serve as a mentor.
    • MD applicants are considered “early career” if no more than seven years shall have elapsed following the completion of clinical training (GI fellowship or its equivalent) and the start date of this award.
    • PhD applicants are considered “early career” if more than seven years shall have elapsed following the awarding of your PhD and the start date of this award.
    • 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.
  • The application must indicate how the investigators will use the pilot data for an extension of their work by applying to another agency (e.g., NIH).
  • 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 scientific and financial report must be submitted by the award recipient upon completion of the project.
  • Post marketing studies of existing devices are not eligible.



The recipient will be selected based on the following criteria: significance, investigator, innovation, approach, environment, relevance to AGA’s mission, evidence of institutional commitment and the overall likelihood that the project will lead to subsequent, more substantial grants.



A selection committee comprised of members of the AGA Research Awards Panel will review the proposals and select the award recipients. Funding will commence July 2018.



The application deadline is Jan. 12, 2018. Applications must be submitted through

the AGA Grants Management System, accessible at http://www.gastro.org/research-funding. Application materials will not be accepted via mail, fax or email. Select the “Apply Now” button to create an account and/or submit an application. Please direct all questions to the AGA Awards Program at awards@gastro.org.


For more information about this award and other research funding opportunities, visit the AGA website at  http://www.gastro.org/research-funding.


Funding for this award is provided by Boston Scientific Corporation.

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