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AGA-Caroline Craig Augustyn & Damian Augustyn Award in Digestive Cancer

Application Deadline: Jan. 20, 2017
Start Date: July 1, 2017

Total Award Amount: $40,000
Term: 1 year
Number of Awards:
Eligible Categories: Career Development, Young Investigators

This grant provides a one-time $40,000 award to a young investigator, instructor, research associate or equivalent who currently holds a federal or non-federal career development award devoted to conducting research related to digestive cancer.


To support young investigators, instructors, research associates or equivalents conducting research relevant to the pathogenesis, prevention, diagnosis, or treatment of digestive cancer. The award is intended to supplement existing career development funding.


  • 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.
  • Candidates research must be conducted at a North American institution.
  • 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.
  • Candidate must hold an NIH K series (e.g. K01, K08, K23, K99, R00) or other federal or non-federal career development award of at least four years duration. There must be at least one year remaining on the award by July 1, 2017.
  • Candidates may not hold an R01 or equivalent such as a VA Merit award; therefore, established investigators will not be considered for this award.
  • MD applicants: 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: no more than seven years shall have elapsed following the awarding of your PhD and the start date of this award.
  • Women and underrepresented minority applicants are strongly encouraged to apply. Physician/scientist investigators and candidates interested in translational research are especially encouraged to apply for this award.
  • 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.
  • Any questions regarding eligibility should be directed to AGA staff by email.


  • Funds are intended to support direct research-related activities and may be used to support a new endeavor or an on-going basic or clinical project; indirect costs are not allowed. The grant may be used to support non-faculty laboratory personnel salary but not the recipient's. It may also be used for equipment, supplies, animal costs and other materials. Equipment costs may not exceed $10,000 unless the cost is a shared department expense and is documented by a letter enclosed with the grant application.
  • Research must be a departure from or an extension of the aims of the funded career development award. Thus, applications proposing some or all of the aims of the funded career development award will not be considered for funding under this award mechanism.
  • A letter of recommendation from the candidate's Division Chief or Department Chair that outlines support of the candidate and his/her research project is required.
  • The recipient of this award must provide approval from the appropriate institutional committee for use of animal or human subjects. If approval is not necessary, an explanation must be provided.
  • If requested by AGA, the recipient must submit a report on how the grant funds were applied.
  • 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

Award recipients will be selected based on qualifications of the candidate, the novelty, feasibility and significance of their research and the potential for a future independent research career. Applicants are encouraged to address how this proposal will both build upon the work of their funded career development award and aid in their transition to independence. The effort for this award may be part of the funded career development award.

Review Process

A selection committee comprised of members of the AGA Institute Research Awards Panel will review the proposals and select the award recipient. Funding will commence July 2017.

Application Process

The application deadline date for this award is Jan. 20, 2017. Please direct all questions to the Research Awards Manager via telephone at 301-222-4012 or email at awards@gastro.org.

2015 Recipient


Janelle C. Arthur, PhD
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

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