Other Grant-Giving Organizations


Research Project Bank of Colorectal Research

The Young Researchers Committee of the Research Foundation of the ASCRS wishes to promote research in our field.  We have gathered a list of organization that have recently offered funding opportunities that might be of interest to physicians in training or in the early stages of their career. The list of available grants and awards that are currently accepting applications is continuously changing, so in most cases we have provided links to the funding source main grants page where currently available grants and awards are listed. We hope that this brief guide is of help to those seeking research opportunities in the field of colon and rectal surgery and wish you well in your future endeavors.

The Young Researchers Committee
Research Foundation of the ASCRS

American Association for Cancer Research
Funding Opporutnities

American Cancer Society
Research Scholar Grants (RSG) provide support for independent, self-directed researchers and clinician scientists, who are investigators licensed to provide patient care and trained to conduct research

American College of Surgeons
ACS Scholarships, Fellowships, and Awards main page.

Health Policy Scholarships
International Surgeons
Research Scholarships and Fellowships
Resident Scholarships
Special Opportunity Scholarships and Fellowships
Traveling Fellowships

American Federation for Aging Research
Funding Opportunities
American Institute for Cancer Research
Our Investigator-Initiated Research Grant Program welcomes proposals for research addressing the effects of diet, nutrition, body composition and physical activity on cancer risk and outcomes.

American Society of Clinical Oncology
Our grants and awards support clinical and translational cancer research done by gifted physician-scientists at every stage of their careers, from the best and brightest among young investigators to senior researchers providing mentorship opportunities for the next generation of cancer researchers. For inquiries regarding Conquer Cancer funding opportunities, please contact our Grants team.”
Running synopsis of awards available as of 2023 here.
American Surgical Association
ASA Foundation Fellowship Research Award
Supports and encourages gifted young surgeons who choose a career in investigation and academic surgery. Awardee should have a primary role in research and teaching. It is expected that the Fellow will have a faculty position at the Department of Surgery.

Association for Academic Surgery
Variety of grants available, although all current grants application windows are currently closed.

Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America
Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation Research Funding Opportunities Main Page
IBD Therapeutics Incubator: Request for Proposals
Student Research Fellowship Awards
Research Fellowship Awards
Career Development Awards
Senior Research Awards
Clinical Research Investigator-Initiated Awards
Litwin IBD Pioneers
IBD Ventures
IBD Plexus: Request for Proposals

Hearst Foundations
Funding Opportunities

International Union Against Cancer
Funding Opportunities

National Cancer Institute
Grant Name: R21/R33, K08 (Manpower Grant), R01, K12, R21, Requests for Applications (RFA's), Program Announcements (PA's)
Funding Opportunities
Cancer Moonshot Funding Opportunities
Funding for Cancer Research Training

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
Eligibility: Digestive diseases including transport and absorption, GI motility, mucosa and immunology, nutrition, epidemiology and data systems, neuroendocrinology
Further Details: See website for eligibility, deadlines, duration and additional information on all grants.

National Institutes of Health
Grants and Funding
See website for full listing of grants, eligibility, deadlines, duration and additional information.

Prevent Cancer Foundation
Number of Awards: 2
Amount per Year: $50,000
Duration: 2 years
Deadline: See website (Now closed; upcoming cycle not yet open)
Eligibility: Eligible proposals must be original and clearly describe pre-clinical, translational, clinical or population-based research projects in the field of cancer prevention or early detection: If successful, research projects reduce the frequency of epithelial neoplasms: e.g., brain, head and neck, lung, breast, prostate, uterus, cervix, ovary, esophagus, stomach, colon, pancreas, liver, skin (including melanoma), HPV-related cancers or hematologic malignancies. Will not accept basic science studies or investigators who receive direct funding from the tobacco industry.

Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract 
Grant Name: Career Development Award
Number of Awards: 1
Amount per Year: $50,000
Duration: 2 years
Deadline: 1/19
Eligibility: This award for young faculty is to assist in the establishment of investigators, basic or clinical, in digestive diseases.  Applications must be within five years of an initial faculty appointment. Dedicated research time must be significant.

Grant Name: Karen and Josef E. Fischer Traveling Fellowship for Surgeons in Academic Practice
Number of Awards: 1
Amount per Year:  $5,000
Duration: 2-3 weeks
Deadline:  1/31
Eligibility: Promotes interaction and learning among SSAT members in academic practices with GI surgeons in academic practices in other countries. Preference will be given to those within 10 years of initial academic appointment.

Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons
Grant Name:  SAGES Research Awards
Number of Awards: Includes: Flexible GI Endoscopy, Diagnostic and/or therapeutic laparoscopy, The Basic Science of Laparoscopy, The Use of Biomaterials in Endoscopy Surgical Education, etc.
Amount per Year: Up to $30,000
Duration: 1 year
Deadline:  11/25
Eligibility:  Encourages young investigators to facilitate extramural funding-bench or clinical research in topics of endoscopy, laparoscopy, robotics, endoluminal surgery and bariatric surgery.

Society of Surgical Oncology
Grant Name: Clinical Investigator Award
Number of Awards: 1
Amount per Year: $50,000
Duration: Up to 2 years
Deadline: 11/23
Eligibility: Must be Surgical Oncologists within 8 years of completion of their training and must be an SSO U.S. member in good standing for at least six (6) months prior to application submission to be eligible for an award.

Society of University Surgeons
Grant Name: SUS Foundation Junior Faculty Research Award
Amount per Year: $30,000
Duration: 1 year
Deadline: TBD Spring
Eligibility: Those who are currently within their first three years of a full-time, permanent faculty appointment within a department of surgery at the assistant professor or equivalent level. Applicants should NOT be an instructor or hold another type of annual or temporary appointment.

US Dept. of Veterans Affairs Office of Research & Development
Grant Name: Career Development Program
Number of Awards: Not specified
Amount per Year: Option of salary support and up to $50,000 of research funding
Duration: 3-5 years for mid-level CDA
Deadline: 5/1 & 11/1
Eligibility: Designed to attract, develop and retain talented VA researchers in areas of particular importance to VA by providing a well-constructed, mentored research development experience.
Useful websites for research and funding opportunities:
NIH Regional Seminars on Grant Writing
A schedule of regional seminars and annual meetings to provide tips on grant writing:

Introduction to Fellowship Awards
Introduction to government agency funding