College accepting nominations for 2015 Jacobson Promising Investigator Award

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) is accepting nominations for the 11th Joan L. and Julius H. Jacobson II Promising Investigator Award (JPIA), to be conferred in 2015. To be considered for the award, submissions must be dated no later than February 27, 2015.

This award recognizes outstanding surgeons who are engaged in research and advancing the art and science of surgery and who demonstrate early promise of significant contribution to the practice of surgery and the safety of surgical patients. A generous endowment established by the donors funds the award, which is administered by the ACS Surgical Research Committee.

Award criteria

  • Candidate must be a Fellow or an Associate Fellow of the ACS.
  • Candidate must be board-certified in a surgical specialty and must have completed surgical training in the last six years.
  • Candidate must hold a junior faculty appointment at a research-based academic medical center; a candidate holding a military service position is also eligible.
  • Only one application per surgical department will be accepted.
  • Candidate must have received peer-reviewed funding such as a K-series award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Veterans Administration, National Science Foundation, or U.S. Department of Defense merit review to support their research effort.
  • Nominees must submit a one-page essay to the committee explaining why they should be considered for the award and describing the importance of their past and present research.
  • Nomination documentation must include an NIH-formatted biographical sketch and copies of the candidate’s three most significant publications.
  • Nomination documentation must include a letter of recommendation from the nominee’s department chair. Up to three additional letters of recommendation will be accepted.

Surgeons who are at the “tipping point” of their research careers with a track record indicative of early promise and potential (such as a degree program in research or K-series award) will receive special consideration. Surgeon-scientists who are well established (for example, recipients of NIH research project grants) are not eligible.

Nomination procedures

Visit the JPIA website for instruction on submitting documentation and nomination materials.

For additional information, contact Carla Manosalvas at

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