Research in Robotic Surgical Technology


The Research in Robotic Surgical Technology Grant provides an investigator the opportunity to pursue research interest, specifically germane to robotic surgical technology in the field of colon and rectal surgery. It is anticipated that successful research projects, initially funded through The Research Foundation of the ASCRS granting mechanism, will ultimately secure funding from other national funding agencies.  


Applicants are eligible for $50,000 for a 1 year funding period. Collaborative proposals that include two or more institutions are encouraged and may be funded up to $100,000 for 1 year.

  • RRSTG need not be given every year.
  • The number of awards granted every year will be made at the discretion of the Research Foundation Board of Trustees.
  • No consortium/contractual arrangements will be allowed with collaborating organization.
  • Salary support for the Primary Investigator is not permitted.
  • RRSTG funding is limited to “Direct Cost Only” budgets. Additional indirect costs will not be approved.

Application Deadline

September 1 for the 2022 funding cycle

Review/Notification Date



The purpose of the Research Foundation of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons is to promote research that relates to the practice of colon, rectal and anal surgery. The Research in Robotic Surgical Technology Grant provides an investigator the opportunity to pursue research interest, specifically germane to robotic surgical technology in the field of colon and rectal surgery. Innovative projects are encouraged. The Research Committee is particularly interested in fostering collaborative research.  Proposals which include two or more institutions may be eligible for additional funding.


  • Proposed research must be investigator-initiated, hypothesis-driven.
  • Proposed research must be conducted within the United States or Canada.
  • ASCRS members must be co-principal investigators or principal investigators.
  • Applicant submitting a proposal to this funding opportunity may not submit the same application to any other funding body at the same time.
  • Prior to submitting your application, any proposed research that includes human or animal studies must have approval from the institutions appropriate review board.


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 ScholarOne 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, +1-434-964-4100 (US) or +1-888-503-1050 (International).
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 whoare 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 Research in Robotic Surgical Technology Grant Criteria

If you have previously submitted an RRTG that was not funded, you may resubmit the same application during the next submission cycle. Resubmissions must adhere to the following:
  • In the web-based portal, Step 5, indicate the application is a resubmission. 
  • Upload the letter from the Research Foundation indicating what needed to be altered in your original RRTG application.
  • Include document highlighting what has been altered from the original submission. 
  • Compile all documents into a single PDF for upload.

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