Applications for Jacobson Award accepted through February 22

JPIAThe American College of Surgeons (ACS) is accepting applications for the 2019 Joan L. and Julius H. Jacobson II Promising Investigator Award (JPIA) through February 22.

The JPIA was established to recognize outstanding surgeons who are engaging in research, advancing the art and science of surgery, and demonstrating early promise of significant contribution to the practice of surgery and the safety of surgical patients. The award is supported through a generous endowed fund established by the donors and administered by the ACS Surgical Research Committee.

Award criteria

The criteria for selection of the JPIA winner are as follows:

  • 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, including fellowship, in the last six years, excluding military, medical, or family leave.
  • Candidate must hold a faculty appointment at a research-based academic medical center or hold a military service position.
  • 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 award to support their research effort. Surgeon-scientists who are well established (for example, recipients of NIH R01 and Veterans Affairs Merit grants or equivalent grants from other agencies) are ineligible.
  • Only one application per surgical department will be accepted.
  • Nomination documentation must include a one-page essay to the committee explaining why the candidate should be considered for the award and describing the importance of their past and current research.
  • Nomination documentation must include copies of the candidate’s three most significant publications from their current faculty position.
  • Nomination documentation must include a letter of recommendation from the candidate’s department chair. Up to three additional letters of recommendation will be accepted.
  • Nomination documentation includes an NIH-formatted biographical sketch through the electronic application system.

Special consideration will be given to surgeons who are at the “tipping point” of their research careers, with a track record indicative of early promise and potential (for example, a degree program in research or a K-award).

To be considered for the award in 2019, applications must be submitted to on or before February 22, 2019.

Additional details

For more information about the award, go to the Jacobson Promising Investigator Award web page.

View a list of all past recipients online as well.

Send comments and inquiries to Jorge Hernandez, Project Coordinator, Division of Research and Optimal Patient Care, Continuous Quality Improvement, at or call 312-202-5319.

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