The primary mission of the Research Foundation of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons is to raise and award funds to support research and educational programs related to colon and rectal diseases. Over the past twenty years, the foundation has awarded more than one hundred and twenty grants and $4 million to colorectal surgeons and researchers to investigate a broad spectrum of colorectal diseases and to develop novel surgical techniques pertinent to the care of colorectal patients.
As part of its mission, the foundation is accepting applications for its Career Development Award, which provides young surgeons with the support necessary for the initiation and development of an academic career in colorectal surgery. The CDA focuses on career development and mentorship of the individual rather than on the research proposal. The award is intended for the academic investigator demonstrating significant creativity in research relevant to the pathophysiology or management of diseases of the small bowel, colon, rectum, or anus.
Grants will be awarded in the amount of $75,000 per year for two years. Second-year funding is dependent on the satisfactory review of a renewal request submitted nine months after start of initial funding period.
To be eligible, applicants must be an ASCRS member within five years of their first full-time faculty appointment in the United States or at a Canadian government, public, or private nonprofit medical institution. Applicants must also be citizen of the U.S. or Canada and have completed an approved colorectal surgery training program.
See the FASCRS websie for complete program guidelines and application instructions.