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



  • Within 5 years of first full-time faculty appointment in the United States or Canadian government, public or private not-for-profit medical institution.
  • United States or Canadian citizen having completed an approved colorectal surgery training program; if foreign national, then must have valid working visa at time of application for colorectal department/institution where work is proposed. 
  • ASCRS members only.
  • Grant can support up to 10% of the of the NIH Cap salary ($187,000 as of Jan. 2018). 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.


Applications must be submitted in ONE PDF file including all components listed in the table of contents no later than 11:59 pm on March 15.

Email complete application and documentation as one PDF to:
Fergal Fleming, MD, MPH, FRCSI, FACS, Chair, Research Committee
[email protected]

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.

Criteria and Application Instructions
PHS 398 Forms and Instructions   
Example of a Recently Funded CDA Application
Grant Recipient Testimonials