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ACVS Foundation Research Grant Programs

The ACVS Foundation considers funding surgery-related clinical and basic research through the ACVS Foundation Research Grant Programs. Since its inception 25 years ago, the Foundation has funded over $1.3 million dollars in research grants, which has helped to fund over 140 research projects. Moreover, the Foundation has steadily increased funding in each of the last three years which made it possible to increase the number of grant recipients for those years.

In 2021, the Foundation rolled out an ambitious targeted five-year funding campaign with the goal of increasing research funding to $200,000 yearly. We are confident these efforts to grow the amount of research funding available to researchers will help us all improve the quality of surgical care we give our patients through evidence-based decision making. 

All applications are submitted online and reviewed by the ACVS Research Committee using a detailed set of review criteria. The Research Committee compiles an evaluative ranking of the applications which is submitted to the ACVS Board of Regents (BOR). Recommendations for funding are then forwarded to the ACVS Foundation. View past research grant recipients.

To be considered for funding for 2021, applications must be received through the ACVS online submission system by January 15, 2021 at 11:59 pm (ET). Any other electronic format or paper copy of the application will not be accepted.

  • Only one application will be considered from each principal investigator per funding cycle.
  • Similar or identical grants cannot be submitted to multiple ACVS grant programs in the same year.
  • The document Helpful Tips for ACVS Foundation Research Grant Applications is an instructive resource for applying for a research grant.

Surgeon-In-Training Research Grant Program

  • Grants are only available to candidates in ACVS residencies.
  • Residents should apply during their first two years, as the project should be completed by the end of their training.
  • The resident must substantially participate in developing and writing the application.
  • The resident must submit the application in their name as the Surgeon-in-Training and include required details for the Diplomate supervisor and any co-investigator.
  • Grantees are required to submit an annual progress report.

Diplomate Clinical Research Grant Program

This program is designed to fund clinically oriented projects that utilize either clinical case material or experimental subjects to address a clinically oriented surgical problem. The goal of this program is to fund small projects or pilot studies specifically designed to target larger granting agencies.

  • Only ACVS Diplomates are eligible to apply as Principal Investigators.
  • Grantees are required to submit an annual progress report.

Progress Reports

The ACVS Foundation requires grantees to submit Annual Research Progress Reports for review by the Research Committee. Information to report includes accomplishments of the project; manuscripts and publications; and actual or planned challenges. 

Failure to submit the progress report on time or grants with inadequate progress will make the principal investigator or, in the case of Surgeon-in-Training grants, the diplomate supervisor and the surgeon-in-training ineligible for applying for future ACVS Foundation grants for a period of five years. Please complete the ACVS Foundation Sponsored Research Annual Progress Report and submit it as an attachment to acvs@acvs.org.

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