This award is intended for SUS members in good standing in the United States or Canada with a history of research funding to support their continued research in the basic, translational, clinical/outcomes, or education surgical sciences.
Members that are eligible include those who: (1) have previously been a PI on a major independent grant (R01 or equivalent), (2) are currently or have previously been a PI on a smaller grant (R21/R03 or equivalent pilot grant) (3) have previously held or are in the final year of a K- or equivalent career development award. This award is intended to serve as bridge funding for those who have submitted within the past two years an application as PI for an independent grant (R-series or equivalent) but were not funded. A Summary Statement from the most recent application is required. Since the intent of this award is to support applicants who have previously applied for funding, it is acceptable (even suggested) to submit a Research Plan that has previously been submitted or a revised Research Plan that is being prepared for resubmission.
SUS Members listed as a PI or co-PI on an active R01, DOD, PCORI, or equivalent large foundation grant are not eligible. The award recipient may not currently hold a similar type of award from another surgical society. SUS Executive Council and Scholarship Committee members are also not eligible to apply and are listed below:
Jayme Locke, MD, MPH (Chair)
Peter Angelos, MD
Adam Berger, MD
Genevieve Boland, MD
George Chang, MD
Danny Chu, MD
Dev Desai, MD
Timothy Donahue, MD
Cynthia Downard, MD
Sarah Blair, MD
Danny Chu, MD
Timothy Donahue, MD
Cynthia Downard, MD
Sunil Geevarghese, MD
Alan Goldstein, MD
Ash Gosain, MD
Jussuf Kaifi, MD
Gregory Kennedy, MD
Sanjay Krishnaswami, MD
Clara Lee, MD
Melinda Maggard-Gibbons, MD
Melanie Morris, MD
Matthew Neal, MD
Benedict Nwomeh, MD
Ravi Radhakrishnan, MD
David Stewart, MD
Jennifer Tseng, MD
Allan Tsung, MD
Thomas Varghese, MD
Kasper Wang, MD
Tracy Wang, MD
Rebekah White, MD
Sandra Wong, MD, MS
George Yang, MD
This is a one-year award of $40,000. The funds can be used for either salary or expense support, but must be expended solely for the sponsored research project. No indirect costs will be covered. Generally, indirect costs would refer to costs such as electricity, water, internet services, janitorial services, paid to the institution at which the research is conducted. The stipend is expected to cover the cost of the awardee presentation requirement which is listed below (i.e. no additional travel funds will be provided). The purchase of any equipment greater than $1,000 must be adequately justified in a budget justification section.
Applications will open September 2021 and will be due November 2021. Applications will be reviewed by the Scholarship Committee. The winning applicant will be notified in late November 2021.
Awardee Presentations at ASC
The awardee will be expected to provide the SUS office with an interim written report on the status of their research by June 3, 2022. The awardee will then be required to appear at the 2023 Academic Surgical Congress and provide a final report on their research. All travel and registration funds for presentation at the ASC should be covered by the grant.
BEFORE YOU BEGIN:
Applications must be submitted using the online submission site. All files must be uploaded by the applicant IN PDF FORMAT (REQUIRED). Grants which are incomplete or do not follow the page limits or formatting guidelines will not be reviewed.
Applicants are encouraged to begin by consulting with their institution’s contracts and grants office for information regarding the processing requirements for grant applications to ensure compliance with institutional policies and procedures. While each institution’s policies differ, many require notification of intent to submit a proposal at least one month prior to the application submission deadline. Please familiarize yourself with any institutional deadlines you must meet, and allow plenty of time for the review and authorization process, as well as for any delays or unforeseen circumstances that may arise.
The application process consists of the following steps:
1. BEGIN APPLICATION
Applicants must be logged in to their SUS member account in order to begin an application. If you are not logged in, you will receive an error message saying there was a problem verifying your member record.
2. RESEARCH APPLICATION
Applications should follow the same format as the mechanism to which you are applying (i.e., 12-page Research Plan for R01 or 6-page Research Plan for R21 with a separate Specific Aims page). Since the intent of this award is to support applicants who have applied and plan to re-apply for the same mechanism, it is acceptable (even suggested) to submit a Research Plan that has previously been submitted or a revised Research Plan that is being prepared for resubmission. Provide the Summary Statement from the most recent application for review. Applications which are incomplete or do not follow the page limits or formatting guidelines will not be reviewed.
3. INSTITUTIONAL AUTHORIZATION FORMS
Approvals must be submitted from the Chair of the Department and the administration (Dean or Fiscal Officer) of the institution in which the research will be performed verifying various institutional requirements and approvals (e.g. research, administration, human subjects and animal care committee, approvals etc.).
Click here to download the authorization form.
Please download and print a hard-copy of the Award Authorizations Form, which is available for download in Section 3 of the application. Please upload the form once the signatures and approval have been received.
NOTE: “Save and Finish Later” and “Submission” of your application are 2 separate activities. Save and Finish later will save your work but will not submit the application. You may save and finish later as often as you like, it will not change or submit your application. Save and Continue will not save any uploaded files. Submit should only be selected when your application is complete and all files have been uploaded.
4. ANIMAL OR HUMAN SUBJECT AUTHORIZATION
Approvals must be submitted for the use of animal or human subjects, if appropriate, as the SUS would not fund a project which might not receive approval. The status of IRB and IACUC approvals may be stated as pending, but the approvals would need to be in place prior to the start of the award funding (January 2022). An approved IRB may be submitted as the “human rights” authorized officer, and approvals that are in process may be noted as “approval pending” in the authorized officer signature section of the application.
The applicant’s biosketch is required to follow the most recent published NIH format and a sample can be found at:
6. FACILITIES AND RESOURCES DESCRIPTION
Upload a description of the Facilities and Resources that will be available to the applicant during the time of the award.
Upload a proposed budget. There is no required template.
8. COVER LETTER
Upload a letter, written by Applicant, summarizing their current funding status and describing the importance of this bridge funding to their research program as well as how they plan to respond to prior critiques in their resubmission application.
SUS EXECUTIVE OFFICE CONTACTS:
For questions regarding award eligibility or qualifications, authorizations and application content, please contact Scholarship Coordinator Catherine Sutherland in the SUS Office at: (310) 986-6442 ext. 107, or by email: [email protected].
For questions regarding SUS Member status, please contact the SUS Membership Services Department at: (310) 986-6442 ext. 138, or by email: [email protected].