SAGES Research Grants

2015 Grant Submissions are now closed.

Purposes & Guidelines

The SAGES Research Awards are open to any principal investigator who is a current 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. If your SAGES membership application is currently under review, you may submit a Grant  application directly to

Available Grants

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:  2014 Surgical Endoscopy- SAGES Research Priorities 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.

In addition to the general grants, (2) FES Grants will be  awarded to proposals designed to create a competency based skills training plan.

  • Each Grant will be for $20,000
    • (1) is awarded to a training skills plan that is virtual reality (VR) based (using any VR platform)
    • (1) is awarded to a training skills plan that is designed using a physical training system  (conventional scope and a physical model)

New for 2015

One new grant opportunity is available this year:

  • SAGES SMART™ Enhanced Recovery Grant awarded to support research into the use of enhanced recovery and surgery (ERAS, in combination with laparoscopic digestive surgery).

    • $50,000 grant over a 2-year period
    • Success will be defined as:
      • Development of an outcome measure for surgical recovery that is patient reported, reflects recovery after discharge, poses minimal burden on patients and investigators, is psychometrically sound and is sensitive to differences between laparoscopic and open surgery
      • Completion of a clinical trial in ERAS with peer-reviewed presentation and publication
      • Development and implementation of a novel, web-based, low burden audit tool to follow ERAS care processes and outcomes

* For the SAGES SMART™ 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  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 see the winners from 1992-Present.  We encourage submitters to review to avoid duplicate studies.

Grant Guidelines

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 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 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.

Please read the following document regarding how grants are evaluated:

The following are samples of past winning grants:

Contact Information

For more information, email or call (310) 437-0544, ext. 160.

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