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SSAT Career Development Award
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This award for young faculty members is to assist in the establishment of investigators, basic or clinical, in digestive diseases.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The supported research program can be focused on basic laboratory or rigorous clinical investigation.
  • The award is restricted to surgeons who have completed formal clinical and research training in general surgery and are within five years of their first faculty appointment in a department of surgery at a medical school accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education in the United States or by the Committee for Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools in Canada, or the equivalent national accrediting body for applicants from other countries.
  • A significant amount of time should be devoted to research to accomplish the investigator's goals. The Head of Department and Division of General Surgery must ensure that the applicant has the required protected time for research.
  • The SSAT award of $50,000 per year for two years is a career development award and is meant to support young investigators who have not been funded by a National Institutes of Health R01 or K08 Award. In addition, if an investigator has received a similar type career development award from another organization such as the American College of Surgeons, American Surgical Association Foundation, etc., he/she will be ineligible for the SSAT Career Development Award. This is the applicant's responsibility to notify the SSAT of potential funding conflicts.
  • The award is not to diminish or replace the customary, expected compensation or benefits; nor is any portion of the award to be used for institutional indirect costs.
  • The recipient will present a progress report to the SSAT Annual Meeting during and immediately following the period of award.
  • It is expected that the recipient submit any abstracts deriving from his/her Career Development Award-funded research to the SSAT Annual Meeting for presentation consideration, as well as any manuscripts to the Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery, the official journal of the SSAT, for publication consideration.

Applications will include:

  1. A completed application form.
  2. The applicant's curriculum vitae.
  3. A research plan of no more than 8 pages utilizing the following headings:
    1. Title
    2. Preliminary data
    3. Summary (abstract)
    4. Experimental design
    5. Specific aims
    6. References
    7. Background/significance of research
  4. The specific aims of other current awards.
  5. Appropriate institutional (IRB and/or animal studies) approvals.
  6. A letter from an SSAT member agreeing to sponsor the applicant.
  7. A supporting letter from the Head of Department and Division of General Surgery indicating a commitment to continuation of the academic position and facilities for research and of continued protected time are required. These letters should outline specifically how this program will be integrated into the applicant's long-term career plans.
  8. A letter from the mentor for the proposed project that indicates, clearly and specifically, the plan for the applicant's career development during and subsequent to the award period.

Example of a properly formatted application from a past recipient.

Applications for the Career Development Award will be reviewed by the Research Committee of the SSAT. The successful applicant will be introduced during the SSAT Foundation Awards Reception of the SSAT Annual Meeting at DDW.


January 19, 2021 Application Submission Deadline
February 2021 Review process & notification
May 22-25, 2022 DDW in Washington, DC
July 1, 2021 Beginning of grant period

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

Learn More
Members of the SSAT Research Committee and past recipients of the SSAT Career Development Award presented the SSAT Research Grant Writing Workshop webinar on January 11, 2021. Watching this webinar will help you gain insight into grant writing aimed to help prepare a robust application for an SSAT funded grant, including the SSAT Career Development Award and the SSAT Career Development Award for Clinical / Outcomes / Education Research. This webinar will help you understand all the necessary tools and will give practical tips for grant writing and preparation, including how to navigate the grant application process within the SSAT. Click on the Learn More link to access the slides from each of the presenters.

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