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SSAT COVID-19 and GI Diseases Research Award
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This award is to assist in the development of a young faculty member who is engaged in research to understand the impact of COVID-19 on GI disorders and empower providers, health systems, policy makers, and other stakeholders to better treat patients with COVID-19 and GI conditions, and allocate resources accordingly. The SSAT award of $20,000 per year for two years is meant to support investigators within 10 years of faculty appointment.

In addition, the SSAT is particularly interested in research evaluating the effects of COVID-19 on health care disparities, basic science, or outcomes in patients with GI disorders. The SSAT is also interested in applications exploring innovation including the role of telehealth on treating GI disorders in the presence of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Eligibility Criteria

Applications will include:

  1. A completed application form.
  2. The applicant’s curriculum vitae.
  3. A research plan of no more than 8 pages using the following headings:
    1. Title
    2. Summary (Abstract)
    3. Specific Aims
    4. Significance
    5. Innovation
    6. Approach
    7. References
  4. Three page summary of the environment supporting the research. If applicable, for new investigators, this should include details regarding mentorship and planned training/career development plan.
  5. Appropriate institutional (IRB) approvals.
  6. A supporting letter from the Department Head/Division Director indicating a commitment to continuation of the academic position and facilities for research and of adequate protected time.

Applications for the COVID-19 and GI Diseases Research Award will be reviewed by the Research Committee of the SSAT. The successful applicant will be introduced to the membership via email and will be acknowledged during the Opening Session of the SSAT Annual Meeting during Digestive Disease Week®.

July 1, 2020 Application Submission Deadline
July 2020 Review process
August 2020 Award notification
November 1, 2020 Beginning of grant period

Please note that this is an online process, and only online applications will be considered.

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