Supporting Clinical Research: Fulfilling the Core Mission of the ACG Institute
Since the founding of the ACG Institute in 1994, funding has been provided to 660 investigators, totaling more than $22.4 million for research directly relating to the practice of clinical gastroenterology. Looking ahead, the ACG Institute’s continued investment in career development awards and funding for GI fellows-in-training will foster clinical innovations in gastroenterology and hepatology that will improve patient care and strengthen the capabilities of practitioners. The College is proud of the achievements of its funded investigators and plans to invest more fully in their leadership and success.
The ACG Institute will begin accepting applications for the 2021 ACG Clinical Research Awards in early September 2020. The Deadline for all grant categories is December 4, 2020.
Mid-Career/Senior Clinical Scientist Bridge Funding Award
This two-year award, totaling $300,000, provides support for mid-career or senior clinical investigators with bridge funding for clinical research related to gastroenterology or hepatology. Investigators who hold full time faculty positions at North American institutions, are ACG members, and have evidence of recent concluded or newly anticipated federal funding, are eligible to apply for this award.
Junior Faculty Development Award
This three-year award, totaling $450,000, provides support for junior investigators working toward independent careers in clinical research related to gastroenterology or hepatology. Junior investigators who hold fulltime faculty positions at North American institutions, and are ACG members, are eligible to apply for this award.
Clinical Research Award
The mission of this one-year award, with funding of up to $50,000, is to support innovative patient-oriented research with direct applicability to clinical care. Preliminary data is required, and at least one of the investigators must be an ACG Member or Trainee Member at the time of submission.
Clinical Research Award Pilot Projects
The mission of this one-year award for pilot projects, with funding of up to $15,000, is to encourage clinical research among trainees and junior faculty. Previous work or preliminary data is not required. At least one of the investigators must be an ACG Member or Trainee Member at the time of submission.
“Smaller Programs” Clinical Research Award
The objective of this award is to generate excellent clinical research from a more varied group of institutions and to make this support meaningful and productive, specifically, by investing in mentoring. Junior faculty at smaller, qualifying institutions in North America, who are ACG members, are eligible to apply.
Resident Clinical Research Award
This one-year award, with funding of up to $10,000, is to support innovative patient-oriented research with direct applicability to clinical care. This award type is for first or second year internal medicine or pediatric residents in U.S. or Canada, and at least one of the research mentors must be an ACG Member at the time of submission.
Medical Student Research Award
This 6-10 week research project, with funding of up to $5,000, is to support short-term summer research experiences in gastroenterology and hepatology. This award type is for first, second or third year medical students in the U.S. or Canada, and at least one of the research mentors must be an ACG Member at the time of submission.
2020 Grant Recipients
In 2020, The ACG Institute for Clinical Research and Education awarded $1,516,742 in support of outstanding clinical research in gastroenterology. Four Junior Faculty Development Grants were awarded, at an overall level of $1,200,000 – an investment in career development which recognizes and supports promising clinical researchers, 7 investigators received Clinical Research Awards, for a total of $253,049, 5 investigators received Medical Resident Clinical Research Awards for a total of $46,433, and 4 investigators received Medical Student Research Awards for a total of $17,250.