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National Surgeon Scientist Program

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) National Surgeon Scientist Program (NSSP) will provide competitive funding opportunities for faculty members within their first one to five years of appointment and whose research focus is in a cancer-related disease and is basic or translational science research. The purpose of this initial funding is to create a pilot developmental program for surgeon scientists that ultimately will develop into a broader and more comprehensive program. The future program will provide a cohort of academic surgeons structured mentorship and professional development in order to increase the pipeline of successful, independent surgeon investigators. Strong consideration will be given to individuals who are in a strong academic research environment with documented departmental research support and whose projects are particularly innovative. Please review below for details.

Applicant Requirements

  • Must have a primary faculty appointment in the department of surgery at an academic institution.
  • Must be a member of the ACS.
  • Must submit a full proposal as detailed below.
  • If funded, the applicant must provide a progress report due June 1, 2022.
  • A second year of funding may be available if the following milestones are met:
    • Acceptance of either an abstract at society meeting or manuscript acceptance
    • Submission of NIH grant
    • Submission of society grant
    • Participation in all professional development sessions offered by the NSSP
  • Grantees will be required to present their work as an oral presentation at the ACS Clinical Congress in the fall after their second year of funding.
Citizenship Requirement

Award is open to U.S. citizens and non‐citizen nationals of the United States who have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence (i.e., possess a currently valid Permanent Resident Card USCIS Form i‐551, or other legal verification of such status). If you are a non‐U.S. citizen working at a U.S. institution, you will need to remain there long enough to finish your project. Your institution ensures that you have an appropriate work visa.

Proposal Instructions

The following to be submitted to the ACS National Surgeon Scientist Program and all components of the grant must be in NIH format:

  • Specific Aims Page (1 page)
  • Full research plan in NIH Grant format (5 pages)
  • Detailed budget—up to $200K ($100K from ACS grant; $100K from departmental support) no indirect costs—and justification, including funding for research personnel and supplies. Salary support or protected time for surgeons may not be included as matching funds.
  • Letter from the Chair of Surgery outlining the details of matching financial support and mechanisms to assure protected research time
  • Institutional review board or Administrative Conference of the United States approval, if indicated
  • Detailed mentorship plan with personnel time commitments, goals, and curriculum
  • Research milestones to be met and the timeframe within which these will be met
  • Detailed plans for submission for external funding over the next two years
  • Plans for society abstract submissions; specify dates if known
  • Plans for manuscript submissions
  • NIH biosketch of principal investigator and mentors

Submission Details

All applications must be submitted by June 15.

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