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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. 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 2021 funding, applications must be received through the ACVS online submission system by January 15, 2021.  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.

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, however it must be 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. The proposed research is expected to begin within a year of receiving funds.
  • Application budgets may include salary and tuition.
  • Grantees are required to submit an annual progress report.

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.
  • The total amount to be awarded annually will not exceed $15,000, as either one grant or several smaller grants. 
  • 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.
  • The amount awarded is determined annually but will not exceed $10,000 as either one grant or several smaller grants. 
  • 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 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 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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