Deadline for grants was November 1, 2013.
Purposes & Guidelines
The SAGES Research Awards are open to any principal investigator who is a SAGES member, including Candidate Members. 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.
Grants are limited to no more than $30,000 each, for a period of one year, and are made to the principal investigator. The purpose of these grants is to stimulate original research in gastrointestinal and endoscopic surgery. The study may be either “bench” research or clinical. In the spirit of supporting the goals of our membership, applicants are encouraged to review: Urbach DR, Horvath KD, Baxter NN, Jobe BA, Madan AK, Pryor AD, Khaitan L,Torquati A, Brower ST, Trus TL, Schwaitzberg S. A research agenda for gastrointestinal and endoscopic surgery. Surgical Endoscopy 2007 for a recent review of key research questions. Part of the grant review process includes evaluation of the importance of the research question. The review committee will incorporate these published rankings to determine the importance of submitted topics.
New for 2014
Two new grant opportunities are available this year. Up to three projects will be funded in addition the regular funded grants:
- Patient Outcomes Grant:
- $50,000 grant over a 2-year period
- This grant was developed to encourage and support the development of quality measures of patient centered outcomes and processes of care. “Patient centered outcomes” is meant to be broad, and could focus on quality of life, functional status, recovery after surgery, freedom from disease/pain/symptoms, patient experience, or other variables. It is expected that results from these studies will be appropriate to attract external funding, or consideration of additional funding through SAGES for dissemination and implementation.
- More information on this Patient Outcomes Grant is available
- (2) FES Grants awarded to proposals designed to create a competency based skills training plan
- Each Grant will be $15,000
- (1) is awarded to a training skills plan based that is VR based (using any VR platform)
- (1) is awarded to a training skills plan that is designed using a physical training system utilizing a conventional scope and a physical model
- Each skills plan should be designed to teach the (5) basic skills being evaluated by FES-scope navigation, loop reduction, mucosal inspection, retroflexion and targeting with an instrument
- More information on these FES Training Skills Plan grants are available
- Each Grant will be $15,000
* For the Patient Outcomes Grant and FES Grants, applicants should use the same forms and adhere to the same guidelines and page limits as the SAGES Research Grant Applications. However, the budgets for these new grants should follow the maximum amounts as outlined above, rather than the maximum allowable budget for SAGES Research Grants ($30,000).
* Please note that the committee will only fund grants that involve commercially available products.
Please review all grant winners from 1992-2012. We encourage submitters to review to avoid duplicate studies.
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.
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.
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 succesful 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 be reviewed. Add appendices at one’s own risk.
- 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
Please click on the link to access the Conflict of Interest Guidelines.
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 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.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (310) 437-0544, ext. 160.
SAGES Research 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