The American College of Surgeons (ACS) is pleased to offer the George H. A. Clowes, Jr., MD, FACS, Memorial Research Career Development Award for 2017—made possible through the generosity of The Clowes Fund, Inc., of Indianapolis, IN. This award, consisting of a stipend of $45,000 for each of five years that is non-renewable thereafter, supports the research of a promising young surgical investigator. The closing date for receipt of completed 2017 applications and all related documents is August 1, 2016.
The criteria for selection of the recipient of this award are as follows:
- The award is restricted to a Fellow or an Associate Fellow of the ACS who has completed an accredited residency in general surgery within the last seven years (exclusive of time off for maternity leave, military deployment, or medical leave) and has received a full-time faculty appointment at a medical school accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education in the U.S. or by the Committee for Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools in Canada. The applicant’s academic appointment may not be above the level of assistant professor. Applicants should provide evidence (by publication or otherwise) of productive initial efforts in laboratory research.
- The award may be used for salary support or other purposes at the discretion of the recipient and the institution. Indirect costs are not paid to the recipient or to the recipient’s institution.
- The ACS Scholarships Committee will not consider applicants who have already received research career development awards from professional societies. The committee will give preference to applicants who have received or are working toward a K08 or K23 National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant. The recipient is responsible for notifying the College’s Scholarships Administrator and requesting approval of funding from another source.
- The administrator (dean or fiscal officer) and the head of the applicant’s department or administrative unit must approve the application. This approval must include a commitment to continuation of the academic position and facilities for research throughout the period of the award. In addition, the approval should specify that at least 50 percent of the applicant’s time will be spent conducting the research proposed in the application. This percentage may run concurrently with the time requirements of NIH or other accepted funding.
- The applicant must submit, in addition to the application form, an NIH-style biosketch, a detailed research plan of up to eight pages in length, and a proposed budget for the five-year period of the award. The applicant also is required to submit a cover letter of no more than one page describing his or her career objectives, how these career objectives will be achieved, and how the research protocol furthers the applicant’s career development. The ACS Scholarships Committee requires an annual written narrative and financial progress report from the recipient; annual renewal will be based on these reports.
- While holding the award, the recipient is required to attend the Clinical Congress of the ACS; the 2017 recipient will be expected to attend the 2018, 2020, and 2022 Clinical Congresses and present reports to the Scholarships Committee and its guests.
- Upon completion of the five-year funding period, the recipient will be required to submit a final narrative report summarizing research progress and providing information regarding current academic rank, sources of research support, and future plans. The recipient is also required to apply to the Scientific Forum at the conclusion of the award period.