Special Emphasis Limited Project Grant: Colorectal Surgery and Health Equity


Improving the health of all patients with colorectal diseases is core to the mission of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons Research Foundation.  Within the US, disparities exist in health care delivery, including the management and outcomes of colorectal diseases.  Additionally, opportunities exist to diversify the colorectal surgery workforce (surgeons and nurse practitioners) to align more appropriately with the populations that we care for.

This special call aims to advance our knowledge in reducing disparities in the care and outcomes of the racial/ethnic minorities, women, LGTBQ+ populations and those living with disability who have colorectal conditions.  Therefore, we are seeking proposals that aim to improve equity in colorectal surgery via pilot patient-oriented interventions conducted in real-world environments. The proposal is strongly encouraged to include patient-facing work in the environment where you practice.  

Possible areas of focus include:

  • Quality improvement efforts focused on improving the experience and outcomes for colorectal surgery patients with limited health literacy, limited English proficiency, or from historically marginalized groups.
  • Areas of focus might include improving prevention and screening, evidence-based surgical care processes or outcomes along the five phases of surgical care as defined by the American College of Surgeons, and/or longitudinal surveillance past the 90-day window (e.g. - survivorship).  
  • Community-based projects to create awareness and action around colorectal diseases.
  • Improving access and/or outcomes to colorectal services in areas where it is not readily available e.g. in safety net hospitals and/or rural hospitals.
  • Enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the colorectal care team workforce.
  • Supplemental funds to current grants/contracts addressing issues related to DEI.
  • Projects focused on exploring/overcoming barriers to the accrual of traditionally underrepresented patient groups to clinical trials and other research studies. 


Up to $20,000 for 1 year.
  • LPG need not be given every year.
  • LPG award may be funded in whole or in part.
  • No consortium/contractual arrangements will be allowed with collaborating organizations.
  • Salary support for the Primary Investigator is not permitted.
  • LPG funding is limited to “Direct Cost Only” budgets. Additional indirect costs will not be approved.

Application Deadline

March 15

Review/Notification Date

May / June

Award Eligibility

  • The proposed research must be investigator-initiated, hypothesis-driven
  • The proposed research must be conducted within the United States or Canada
  • ASCRS members must be co-principal investigators or principal investigators.
  • Prior to submitting your application, any proposed research that includes human or animal studies must have approval from the institution’s appropriate review board.

Award Expectations

  • The Research Foundation will disperse funding to the Institution in two installments. Installment one upon execution of the grant agreement and installment two upon receipt and review of an interim report at six months.
  • Institution shall submit an Interim Research Report to the Research Foundation in six months.
  • Institution shall submit a written report to the Research Foundation fifteen months after the receipt of the award.
  • Awardee will present findings to the Research Foundation during a specified time during the ASCRS Annual Scientific Meeting.
  • Findings and tools developed as part of the work will be expected to be shared with the larger ASCRS community via the Research Foundation webpage.


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

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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.

Re-Submitting a Limited Project Grant

If you have previously submitted an LPG 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 LPG Application
Grant Recipient Testimonials