AVAS 2018 Resident Research Award

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The AVAS Foundation is offering a one year resident research scholarship with the option for competitive renewal for a second year.  Applicants must be a member of general surgery or surgical subspecialty residency program and have at least one faculty mentor who has a 5/8ths or greater VA appointment.

Award Period: July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020


General Policies

The applicant must have completed at least two years within an accredited surgical training program in the United States at the time the scholarship is awarded July 1, 2019, and should not complete formal residency training prior to June 30, 2020.

The scholarship is $25,000 per year.  The funds may be used for salary or stipend, research materials, and travel related to the research project.  Indirect costs are not paid to the recipient, to the recipient’s institution, or to the faculty member’s VA.

The awardee is expected to attend the Association of VA Surgeons Annual meeting in 2021 to present a report on the research as part of the Scientific Forum.  A written progress report including a budget report is due to the Chair of the AVAS Research Committee by July 1, 2020.

The primary faculty mentor must be a member of the Association of VA Surgeons with at least 5/8ths VA appointment, although the research project is not required to take place at the VA.

Approval of the application is required from the administration (dean or fiscal officer) of the applicant’s institution.  Supporting letters from the Chair of the department of surgery (or surgical subspecialty) and from the VA faculty mentor supervising the research are required as part of the application package.

The due date for receipt of the completed application package is December 8, 2018.

Application Package

1. Applicant data

2. Research Proposal:

-- Project Summary (400 word limit) Describe the proposed research and professional activities for the scholarship year including a statement of the career objectives of the applicant and how the research protocol furthers career development. This should be signed by the applicant

-- Title of Research Plan

-- Research Plan (5 page limit) including Specific Aims, Background, Approach, Timeline

-- Bibliography for Research Plan

-- Facilities and Resources

4. Biosketches

5. Mentor Support Letter(s) describing the commitment to be made by the mentor and assures that an ongoing relationship will be maintained with the applicant throughout the entire period of the award. The letter should include a statement by the mentor regarding approval of the proposed research plan as well as a guarantee of appropriate protected time, laboratory space, equipment, and other resources are available for the applicant to complete the research plan outlined in the application. If there is more than one mentor for the applicant, each mentor should submit a separate letter, and the letters should clearly delineate the separate roles of each mentor for the research plan.

6. Mentor Recommendation Letter(s)

7. Department Chair Recommendation Letter

8. Dean/Fiscal Officer Approval Letter which must state an understanding that no indirect costs will be provided with this award


For more information, please contact Dr. Gale Tang at gtang@uw.edu.

Applicant Information

Research Proposal

Please submit your proposal and documentations below.

The applicant and mentor acknowledge that the award will be using just-in-time institutional assurances and that funding may be delayed if appropriate IACUC or IRB approvals are not obtained by the start of the award. *