Career Development Award


To provide 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 solely 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 colon, rectum, anus or small bowel.


$75,000 per year for 2 years. Second year of funding is dependent on satisfactory review of renewal request submitted 9 months after start of initial funding period.

  • CDA may be used for supplies and salary support.
  • CDA may not be used for overhead.

Application Deadline

March 15 

Review/Notification Date

May / June


  • The Career Development Award (CDA) is intended for early career investigators. Applicants should be full-time faculty members, preferably at the assistant professor level, in a United States or Canadian government, public, or private, not-for-profit medical institution. Applicants must be within 5 years of starting their first faculty position on the date the grant is submitted (e.g., start date as faculty needs to be 5 years before day the grant is due to the Research Foundation of the ASCRS). 
  • Applicants are welcome to resubmit a new or revised application within five years of starting their first faculty position OR within 12 months of the first submission if their initial submission was unsuccessful.
  • Extensions up to two years (increasing eligibility period to 7 years total) will be considered if personal or family situations such as parental leave, childcare, elder care, medical conditions, or a disability delay readiness for applying for CDA.  To be considered for accommodation, we ask the applicant to write to the Research Foundation of the ASCRS to discuss the individual situation before applying. The requests will be reviewed by the Research Committee Chair and Research Foundation President.
  • ASCRS members only.
  • Grant can support up to 10% of the of the NIH Cap salary ($221,900, Jan. 1 - Sept. 30, 2024). Applications should also include a letter of support from the department of surgery chair confirming at least 25% non-clinical time will be committed to the applicant.
  • Applicant must not currently have or have previously received a career development award from another external funding source. If the applicant receives the Career Development Award from the Research Foundation of the ASCRS and is subsequently awarded another career development award from another external funding source with overlapping funding period, the applicant must return the residual funds to the Research Foundation of the ASCRS, or decline the funding from another source. The exception is a career development award from the NIH K-series award or funding from the applicants own institution.


The Research Foundation of the ASCRS uses a web-based platform for all grant submissions. Full instructions are available on the site in the top-right hand corner of the screen.
Applicants will log in to their ASCRS account to submit a grant application. Applicants do not need to be an ASCRS member but do need to have an ASCRS account. When the applicant clicks the Submit Grant button, they will be directed to the web-based portal, to sign in or to create an account.

Preparing Application Materials

Applicants will be asked to enter or upload necessary information to submit a grant application, available here


Important Information*

  • Keep a record of Control ID number, which can be found on the top right corner on each page of the submission template. When communicating with the Research Foundation and the ScholarOne Customer Care Team, please include the Control ID as a reference.
  • Note that some institutions have firewalls that make it difficult to receive communications from the submission site. To ensure uninterrupted email delivery, please whitelist and domains.
  • Do not forget to click the submit button (at the bottom of Step 6: Review and Submit). If the system is exited without submitting, the submission will be saved and will appear in the “DRAFT” section of the system “View Submissions” page upon re-entering the system.
  • Notifications and correspondence will be sent to the email address in the ASCRS account. Correspondence can be obtained by clicking on the Messages in the grey bar at the top right of the screen in the system.
  • Applicants should receive a confirmation email after submission (please check spam/junk folders for this email). To prevent this, add [email protected] and [email protected] to address book. If an email confirmation is not received, please contact [email protected].
  • Applicants should use Chrome to submit grant applications. Pop-up Blocker must be turned off for submission.

Need Help?

Technical questions or problems with the system should be directed to the ScholarOne Customer Care Team. They can be reached by clicking the "Help" link in the top right-hand corner of the screen in the ScholarOne system or by emailing [email protected]. Please include your Control ID number, name, phone, email and an explanation of the problem in all support correspondence. ScholarOne Customer Care is available Monday 12:00 a.m. through Friday 8:30 p.m. Eastern Time, +1-855-258-5858 (US) or +44 8003288044 (EMEA).
For grant-specific questions, please contact the Research Foundation administrative office at [email protected] or (847) 607-6410 and ask to speak to the foundation grants manager.

Application Review

The Research Foundation of the ASCRS Research Committee reviews all completed applications received by the deadline through a peer review process. The committee is composed of funded researchers who are members of the ASCRS. Members of the committee serve pro bono and do not participate in evaluation of applications from applicants or institutions in which there is a conflict of interest. The committee uses a weighted scoring system that takes into account the applicant’s background and potential, the mentorship and training environment, and the research proposal. Applicants are encouraged to consider the committee’s scoring process when developing their application materials.

Re-Submitting a Career Development Award

If you have previously submitted an CDA that was not funded, you may re-submit the same application during the next submission cycle. Re-submissions must adhere to the following:

Grant Writing Suggestions
Expectations of Awardees
PHS 398 Forms and Instructions   
Example of a Recently Funded CDA Application
Grant Recipient Testimonials