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AGA-Rome Foundation Functional GI and Motility Disorders Pilot Research Award

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

Total Award Amount: $30,000
Term: 1 year
Number of Awards: 2
Eligible Categories: Career Development, 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 one-year, $30,000 research grant is offered to a recipient at any career stage to support pilot research projects pertaining to functional GI and motility disorders. This award is sponsored by the Rome Foundation.



The objective of this award is to provide investigators 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 in the areas of functional GI and motility disorders 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 institution.
  • International candidates may apply for this award.
  • AGA membership is required at the time of application submission. However, candidates whose AGA membership applications are pending approval may apply for the award. Please visit www.gastro.org  or call 301-654-2055, extension 651, for membership information. 
  • Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply. 
  • Rome Foundation board members are ineligible.



  • The proposed research must address the pathophysiology, diagnosis, and/or treatment of functional gastrointestinal or motility disorders.
  • Applicants may not submit the same proposal to multiple AGA pilot awards offered in the same year.
  • Allowable Costs:
    • Funds may be used to support the salary and benefits of the primary investigator;
    • research assistants;
    • biostatistics support;
    • laboratory technicians;
    • supplies and/or equipment.
  • Unallowable Costs:
    • 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 no more than seven years have elapsed following the awarding of the PhD degree and the start date of this award.
  • 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 (such as 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 progress report must be submitted to the AGA by the award recipient upon completion of the project, and as needed upon request.



At the time of application submission, candidates may not hold awards directly related to the proposed research from other organizations. If the candidate is granted the award and notified of a comparable award from another organization (i.e. government agency, foundation, academic institution, professional society, etc.) 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 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 the areas of functional GI and motility disorders research.


A selection committee comprised of equal representation of the AGA Research Awards Panel and Rome Foundation Research Awards Committee reviews the proposals and selects the award recipient.



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.


Support for this award is provided by the Rome Foundation.

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