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The Jacobson Promising Investigator Award

The Joan L. and Julius H. Jacobson II Promising Investigator Award (JPIA) of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) was established to recognize outstanding surgeons engaging in research, advancing the art and science of surgery, and demonstrating early promise of significant contribution to the practice of surgery and the safety of surgical patients. The award, up to $30,000, is supported through a generous endowed fund established by the donors and administered by the ACS Surgical Research Committee.

Award Criteria

  1. Candidate must be a Fellow or an Associate Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
  2. Candidate must be board certified in a surgical specialty and must have completed surgical training, including fellowship, in the last six years. This does not include military, medical, or family leave.
  3. Candidate must hold a faculty appointment at a research-based academic medical center or hold a military service position.
  4. Candidate must have received peer-reviewed funding such as a K-series award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Veterans Administration, National Science Foundation, or U.S. Department of Defense merit review to support their research. Surgeon-scientists who are well established (for example, recipients of NIH R01 and Veterans Affairs Merit grants, or equivalent grants from other agencies) are NOT eligible.
  5. Only one application per surgical department will be accepted.
    1. Nomination documentation must include a one-page essay to the committee explaining why the candidate should be considered for the award and describing the importance of their past and current research.
    2. Nomination documentation must include copies of the candidate’s three most significant publications as faculty.
    3. Nomination documentation must include a letter of recommendation from the candidate’s department chair. Up to three additional letters of recommendation will be accepted.
    4. Nomination documentation includes an NIH-formatted biographical sketch though the electronic application system.

Special consideration will be given to surgeons who are at the “tipping point” of their research careers with a track record indicative of early promise and potential (for example, degree program in research or K-award).


To be considered for the award in 2021, applications must be submitted on or before February 28, 2022

The American College of Surgeons reserves the right to forego selecting an awardee.

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Past JPIA Recipients

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