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The application deadline is July 31, 2016 at 5 PM EST.
Announcement letter from Dr. Steven Wexner and The Research Foundation of the ASCRS and the SAGES Executive Directors
Purposes & Guidelines
The SAGES Robotic Surgery Research Grants are open to any principal investigator who is a current SAGES member, including Candidate Members. Please read all the guidelines carefully. SAGES would like to especially encourage grant funding to young investigators/candidate members in the hopes that funding through SAGES will lead to additional extramural funding. Awards are conferred on a competitive basis by submission of a grant application, which is reviewed and evaluated by the SAGES Research Committee and approved by the Governing Board. The application deadline is July 31, 2016 at 5 PM EST.
Eligible applicants must be SAGES members or Candidate Members at the time of the application submission deadline. Principal applicants cannot submit a grant to both the SAGES and The Research Foundation of the ASCRS Robotic Surgery Research Grant competitions; applications from principal investigators who have also submitted a grant to the 2016 The Research Foundation of the ASCRS Robotic Surgery Research Grant competition will not be reviewed, and applications that overlap with proposals submitted to the 2016 The Research Foundation of the ASCRS Robotic Surgery Research Grant competition will not be reviewed.
SAGES Robotic Surgery Research Grants:
The purpose of these grants is to stimulate original research in robotic surgery. Up to five grants will be awarded, with funds generously provided by Intuitive Surgical Inc. The study may be either “bench” research or clinical. SAGES is interested in reviewing grants focusing on the use of robotic surgery for procedures other than colorectal surgical procedures; there is a concurrent The Research Foundation of the ASCRS Robotic Surgery Research Grant competition specifically focused on robotic colorectal surgery. Grants focused on curricula for robotic training or other educational topics will not be prioritized in this competition.
- Grants are limited to no more than $50,000 each, for 1-year period
- Made to the principal investigator
The committee will only consider grants that involve commercially available products.
It is assumed that some of the resources required to conduct the project are available through the investigator’s institution. The research grant serves to provide supplemental support for personnel (not including the salary of the principal investigator), equipment or services required to complete the research.
The principal evaluation criteria are: (1) scientific merit, (2) experimental design, (3) potential of the proposed topic, (4) qualifications of the applicant(s), (5) facilities, and (6) grantsmanship.
Awards are based on the scientific merit of the project as well as the investigator’s capability and the likelihood that the project will be completed successfully. Considerations include the investigator’s experience, background, availability of patient material and other resources. In the case of a junior investigator, the experience and background of the Co-PI mentor will be considered. Applicants within 5 years of training completion are considered Junior Investigators; they are viewed favorably and encouraged to apply for these grants.
Applicants must ensure that the team of investigators has appropriate expertise to carry out the proposed research with high methodologic standards. For example, proposals that include cost analyses should include collaborators with expertise in economic or cost-effectiveness analysis, and should use rigorous methods for costing and analysis. Comparative clinical studies must account for selection bias and expertise bias in the performance of surgical procedures; studies where the technical skill of surgeons differs between comparison groups are unlikely to provide valid estimates of relative treatment effects. It is the responsibility of the applicants to demonstrate how they will minimize bias in their proposals.
The committee is particularly interested in studies that evaluate clinically important outcomes rather than intermediate outcomes. For example, studies that measure ergonomic aspects of surgery on the surgeon have less potential impact than studies that focus on the relevance of ergonomics to patient care, or at the population-level.
The following requirements must be met by the Investigator:
- Investigators are required to submit semi-annual updates to the SAGES Research Committee during the course of the research, starting one year after the grant has been awarded.
- At the conclusion of the project, the investigator is required to submit a final update report to the Research Committee
- An abstract must be submitted for the SAGES Scientific Session which immediately follows the successful completion of the work
- A manuscript on the study and your findings must be sent to Surgical Endoscopy. A copy of the final manuscript must be sent to the SAGES Office in order for the grant to be considered complete. SAGES must be acknowledged as a funding source
- Appendices will not necessarily be reviewed
- Submissions exceeding page limit will not be reviewed
If these requirements are not met, all investigators will be denied future funding through the SAGES research grant program for 2 years.
Since research facilities are factored into funding decisions by the Research Committee, the primary investigator must inform the SAGES office if he or she leaves his or her institution during the course of completing this research. The SAGES Research Committee chair will work with the investigator to determine if the research funds will stay with the initial institution or move with the investigator. SAGES reserves the right to make this final decision.
SAGES Research Committee understands that studies may need modification during the execution phase. If a study design is modified, the primary investigator MUST notify the committee. The committee will then review the suggested changes and decide whether they will continue to fund the new study.
Conflict of Interest Guidelines
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Indirect Cost Policy
The monies SAGES awards for research grants are intended for use as seed money only and no indirect costs may be charged against these awards.
SAGES grants must be submitted online and you must be logged in as a member to submit a grant application.
If the page limits and guidelines are not followed, the application will be not be reviewed.
Please read the following document regarding how grants are evaluated:
The following are samples of past winning grants:
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (310) 437-0544, ext. 110.
The SAGES Research and Career Development Committee oversees the responsible use of the funds awarded to investigators, and the Committee takes this responsibility seriously. In the event that grantees do not provide reports that are satisfactory to the committee, SAGES may undertake one or more of the following actions as appropriate: request further detailed financial reports; send a written expression of concern to the grantee’s hospital, department or university; deny eligibility to the grantee or grantee’s institution for future funding through the SAGES Research Grant program; and/or request the return of unaccounted research funds to SAGES. The application deadline is July 31, 2016 at 5 PM EST.