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ACVS Foundation Research Grant Programs

The ACVS Foundation research grant programs consider funding for surgically related clinical and basic research. All applications are submitted online to the ACVS Research Committee, which compiles an evaluative ranking of the applications for 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 2020 funding, applications must be received through the ACVS online submission system by January 15, 2020.  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 ACVS Research Grants Application Assistance ‘Helpful Tips’ document will assist residents when applying for ACVS Foundation grant funding.

Zoetis Dual Training Research Grant Program

The major goal of this program is to provide “seed” funds for small projects or pilot studies, which are specifically designed to target larger granting agencies.

  • ​Grants are available to ACVS residents, individuals who have completed a residency but not yet achieved Diplomate status, or Diplomates.
  • All applicants must currently be enrolled in a PhD program.
  • There is no restriction on the area of research focus. Applications may be submitted as part of a larger research program.
  • Applications must be directly related to the PhD program area of study.
  • The total amount to be awarded annually will not exceed $10,316, as either one grant or several smaller grants.
  • ACVS residents, individuals who have completed a residency but not yet achieved Diplomate status, and Diplomates may apply at any stage of their PhD program and will be expected to initiate the proposed research program within a year of receiving funds.
  • Application budgets may include salary and tuition.

Surgeon-In-Training Research Grant Program

  • Grants are only available to candidates in ACVS residencies.
  • 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.
  • Residents should apply during their first two years, as the project should be completed by the end of their training.
  • The total amount to be awarded annually will not exceed $15,000, as either one grant or several smaller grants.

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.
  • The amount awarded is determined annually but will not exceed $10,000 as either one grant or several smaller grants.

Progress Reports

The ACVS Foundation requires grantees to submit Annual Research Progress Reports online for review by the ACVS 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 5 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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