The American College of Surgeons (ACS) is accepting applications for the 2018 George H. A. Clowes, Jr., MD, FACS, Memorial Research Career Development Award, made possible through the generosity of The Clowes Fund, Inc., of Indianapolis, IN. This award provides support for the research of a promising young surgical investigator and consists of a stipend of $45,000 for each of five years. The closing date for receipt of completed applications and all related documents is August 1, 2017.
- The award is restricted to a Fellow or Associate Fellow of the ACS who has completed an accredited residency in general surgery within the preceding seven years (not including 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 or the ACS Faculty Research Fellowship. 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 if another source of scholarship or fellowship funding is secured.
- Applications must be approved by the administration (dean or fiscal officer) and the head of the applicant’s department or administrative unit. This approval includes a commitment to continuation of the academic position and facilities for research during the entire period of the award. In addition, at least 50 percent of the applicant’s time must be spent in the research proposed in the application. This percentage may run concurrently with the time requirements of NIH or other accepted funding.
- In addition to the application form, applicants must submit an NIH-style biosketch, a detailed research plan up to seven pages in length, and a proposed budget for the five-year period of the award. Applicants also must submit a cover letter of up to 400 words describing their career objectives, how these career objectives will be achieved, and how the research protocol furthers their career development. The ACS Scholarships Committee requires an annual narrative and financial progress report from the recipient upon which annual renewal of the award is based.
- While holding the award, the recipient is required to attend the ACS Clinical Congress in 2019, 2021, and 2023 and present reports to the Scholarships Committee and its guests.
- Upon completion of the five-year funding period, the recipient will be expected to submit a report summarizing research progress and providing information regarding current academic rank, sources of research support, and future plans. The recipient also is required to apply to the Scientific Forum at the conclusion of his or her award period.