Survey Says: AGA Research Scholar Awards Advance the GI Field

July 18, 2013

The AGA Research Foundation plays an important role in medical research by providing grants to young scientists at a critical time in their career. AGA’s flagship award is the Research Scholar Award (RSA), which provides career development support for young investigators in gastroenterology and hepatology research. In the last nine years, the AGA Research Foundation has funded 57 young scientists through an RSA grant.

In a recent survey conducted of RSA recipients from 2000 to 2009, the findings illustrate the research award program’s significant impact on digestive disease research.

  • Over 90 percent of the RSA recipients surveyed remained in academic research.
  • Eighty-five percent of AGA RSA recipients in the past 10 years received NIH funding subsequent to their AGA award.
  • Over 50 percent received $1 million or more in NIH grant support.
  • Nearly 80 percent of the RSA cohort has received other federal or non-federal funding subsequent to receiving the AGA award.
  • Over 80 percent of the RSA cohort currently holds a research grant. 

"The AGA Research Scholar Award served as my first stepping stone to developing a serious career in basic science. The RSA paved the way for me to gain independence and transition seamlessly from postdoctoral fellow to a tenure-track assistant professorship. Receiving the grant from the AGA provided me with confidence and peace of mind, setting me up for a better candidacy when it came to receiving further awards and open tenure positions,” states Dr. Pradipta Ghosh, 2008 AGA Foundation Research Scholar Award Recipient.

Funded by the generosity of donors, the AGA Research Foundation’s research award program ensures that we are building a community of researchers whose work serves the greater community and benefits all our patients. Learn more at

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