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

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

Total Award Amount: $40,000
Term: 1 year
Number of Awards: 1
Eligible Categories: Career Development, 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 grant awards $40,000 for one year to an early career investigator who currently holds a federal or non-federal career development award devoted to conducting research related to digestive cancer.



To support early career investigators 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 an accredited North American institution.
  • Candidates research must be conducted at an accredited North American institution.
  • 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, 2018.
    • MD applicants are considered “early career” if no more than seven years have elapsed following the completion of clinical training (GI fellowship or its equivalent) at the start date of this award.
    • PhD applicants are considered “early career” if no more than seven years have elapsed following the awarding of the PhD degree and the start date of this award.
  • Candidates may not hold an R01 or equivalent such as a VA Merit award.
  • 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. Physician/scientist investigators and candidates interested in translational research are especially encouraged to apply for this award.



  • The proposed research must focus on the pathogenesis, prevention, diagnosis, or treatment of digestive cancer.
  • Applicants should 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.
  • Allowable Costs:
    • 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. Funds may be used to support non-faculty laboratory personnel salary but not the recipient's salary. Funds 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.
  • Unallowable Costs:
    • Indirect costs; and
    • Travel costs are not allowed.
  • 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.
  • 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 progress report must be submitted to the AGA upon completion of the project and as needed upon request.



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.



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 potential for a future independent research career.



A selection committee comprising 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.

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