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Frequently Asked Questions for AGA Research Grants

Dec. 5, 2017

The FAQs below summarize common questions on AGA research grants and travel awards (i.e. page limits, application components, how to apply, etc.).

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Visit www.gastro.org/research-funding to view the research grants now open for applications. If you have questions about the AGA awards program, please contact awards@gastro.org.

AGA Research Awards Program Frequently Asked Questions

Information is current as of 11/28/2017.

Do I need to be an AGA member to apply?

Yes. Applicants must be AGA members in good standing at the time of submission. Please visit www.gastro.org or call 301-654-2055, extension 651, for membership information.

How does AGA define “Early Career Investigator”?

If you are an MD (or equivalent), no more than seven years shall have elapsed following the completion of clinical training (GI fellowship or its equivalent) and the start date of the award you are applying to.

If you are a PhD (or equivalent), no more than seven years shall have elapsed following the awarding of the PhD degree and the start date of the award you are applying to.

How do I apply?

When you are ready to apply, you can access the award application at http://www.gastro.org/research-funding.  Select the award you are interested in to read the specific requirements and limitations. If the award is accepting applications, it will have a blue “Apply Now” button at the top of the page. All submissions must be completed online through AGA’s grants management system; hard copies and e-mail attachments are not accepted.

Can I see a copy of the application without logging into the grants management system?

Yes. Requests for Applications from the most previous years grants are available to view in the Request for Application Samples section of our webpage.

What is the difference between a preceptor and a sponsor?

A sponsor takes responsibility for the quality assessment of the proposed research, the quality of the research environment the project will be conducted in, and the credentials of the principal investigator and other key researchers/staff involved in the project.

A preceptor (i.e. scientific mentor) supervises the principal investigator’s research activities. In the Personal Statement section of their biosketch, the preceptor should note their relationship with the principal investigator and the proposed research project.

What should be included in the research plan?

The research plan should include three distinct sections: Significance, Innovation and Approach (including preliminary data). The research plan should include sufficient information needed for evaluation of the project independent of any other document.  Be specific, informative and succinct.

Do you have page limits?

Yes. These vary by award mechanism:

 

 

Research Scholar Awards

Pilot Research Awards

Specialty Awards (e.g., Funderburg, Augustyn)

Travel Awards

Specific Aims

1 page

1 page

 1 page

n/a

Research Plan

6 pages

3 pages

3 pages

n/a

References

no limitation

1 page

1 page

n/a

Biosketch/Resume

4 pages per biosketch

Budget Template

3 pages 1 page 1 page n/a

Budget Justification

1 page

1 page

1 page

n/a

Facilities and Resources

1 page

1 page

1 page

n/a

Letters of Support

1 page per letter

 

Are letters of support required?

Yes. If you are an early-career investigator at the instructor or assistant professor level (or equivalent), a letter of recommendation from your division chief or department chair is required for Research Scholar Awards, pilot research awards, and other specialty awards. Please see the Requirements section within the criterion for your specific award of interest for additional guidelines.

Do you have a budget template?

Yes. All application templates are available to view in the Request for Application Samples section of our webpage.

Do you have budget limitations?

Yes. For all awards, indirect costs and costs for preceptors/sponsors are not allowed. Please see the Requirements section within the criterion for your specific award of interest for any additional budget limitations.

Can I save my progress in AGA’s grants management system?

Yes. You may enter the information all at once, or enter it in stages and save your progress.

Can I change the contents of my application after it is submitted?

No. Once an application is submitted, you cannot alter its contents. Please thoroughly review your application materials to ensure it is correct before submitting. Due to the high volume of applications we receive, any incorrect or incomplete submissions are automatically removed from consideration.

Who reviews the applications?

Members of the AGA Institute Research Awards Panel are charged with reviewing applications and selecting award recipients. Applications are matched with reviewers based on their areas of expertise. The full roster can be viewed in the Award Policies & Grantee Resources section of our webpage.

When should I expect to hear a decision on funding?

For all research awards, including Research Scholar Awards and pilot research awards, up to four months after the application deadline. For abstract and travel awards, up to two months after the application deadline.

How will I be notified about funding?

All applicants will receive an e-mail from awards@gastro.org whether or not they have been chosen to receive funding.

Who do I contact if my question has not been answered above?

If you have additional questions, please contact the AGA Awards Program via e-mail at awards@gastro.org. You will receive a response within 48 hours.