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

August 15 for the 2022 funding cycle

Review/Notification Date



  • 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 will be moving to a web-based platform which will enable both submissions and reporting through an online portal, ultimately enabling us to better serve our applicants and grantees alike. Check back on July 1, 2021 for instruction on how to submit an application using the online portal.

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 RRSTG that was not funded, you may resubmit the same application during the next submission cycle. Resubmissions must adhere to the following:
  • Indicate that your application is a resubmission in your cover letter and write “resubmission” in the upper right-hand corner of your application.
  • Highlight all aspects of the application that have been altered from the original submission. (Electronic and paper copy must be highlighted)
  • Include the letter from the Research Foundation indicating what needed to be altered in your original RRSTG application.

Criteria and Application Instructions
PHS 398 Forms and Instructions