Published June 2017

The submission window for the 2017 ASMBS Research Grant program has closed.

Purpose & Guidelines

The ASMBS Research Grant award program has been initiated to encourage research in the field of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. Grant funding has been made available to our members in hopes that funding through ASMBS will lead to additional extramural funding. Awards are conferred on a competitive basis by submission of a grant application that is reviewed and evaluated by the ASMBS Research Committee and approved by the Governing Board. Results of this project are expected to be presented at the ASMBS Plenary Session as well as published in SOARD upon completion.

Eligibility Requirements

Membership in ASMBS is required. ASMBS grant applications will only be accepted from a current ASMBS member in good standing. Non-members are not eligible to apply. Grants submitted by nonmembers will not be considered for funding.

The opportunity to apply for ASMBS research awards is extended to any principal investigator who is an ASMBS member, including Regular, Affiliate Surgeon, Affiliate Physician, Associate and Candidate members. However, if the Principal Investigator (PI) is not a Regular ASMBS Member (i.e. surgeon member) he or she must find a regular member to act as their “Responsible Co-PI.” It is the responsibility of the applicant to verify this membership status prior to submittal of grant application.

The Regular member/Responsible Co-PI will assume responsibility for the grant should the non-Regular ASMBS member leave the original institution and is unable to transfer the grant (e.g. the junior Member moves and enters a practice where there are inadequate research facilities). The “Responsible Co-PI” is assumed to be the PI’s mentor, overseeing the research conducted. A letter written/signed by the Responsible Co-PI must be included in the application packet stating this understanding of responsibility.

Available Grants

The Grant is limited to no more than $25,000, for a period of two years and is made to the Principal Investigator. In the past, investigators have written Grant Applications on a broad array of topics in both clinical and basic science.

Grant Guidelines

It is assumed that some of the resources required to conduct the project are available through the investigator’s institution. The research grant serves to provide supplemental support for personnel (not including the salary of the principal investigator), equipment or services required to complete the research.

Awards are based on the scientific merit of the project as well as the investigator’s capability and the likelihood that the project will be completed successfully. To increase the likelihood of successful completion, this year’s grant will not be blinded to author identity and while we do not specifically require IRB approval or pilot data at the time of grant application, the availability of such information may be considered during the review to increase likelihood of success.

The following requirements must be met by the Principal Investigator:

  1. Investigators are required to submit semi-annual updates to ASMBS Research Committee during the course of the research.
  2. At the conclusion of the project, the investigator is required to submit a report to the Research Committee.
  3. An abstract must be submitted for the ASMBS Scientific Session of the Annual Meeting that immediately follows the successful completion of the work as well as submit the full paper to SOARD, Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases. A copy of the abstract and the manuscript should be sent to the ASMBS office upon submission.

If this follow up information is not provided, all investigators and their institutions will be denied future funding through the ASMBS Research Grant Program. In addition, the researcher and members of his/her team will not be permitted to present other work to the ASMBS Annual Meeting for a two-year period of time.

Since research facilities are factored into funding decisions by the Research Committee, the Principal Investigator must inform the ASMBS office if he/she leaves his/her institution during the course of conducting this research. The ASMBS Research Committee Chair will work with the investigator to determine if the research funds will stay with the initial institution or move with the investigator. ASMBS reserves the right to make this final decision.

Grant Structure

Complete the Application Cover Sheet (included in this packet) and submit with the grant application (as page 1.) The application must be submitted via email to research@asmbs.org by the deadline as one complete PDF document, or submitted through the online form below.

The sections below should be single-spaced in a common 12-point font and each item must be a separate page. No two sections can appear on the same page. For example, if the Summary is only one paragraph, begin the next section, Background, on a separate sheet.

Summary
Not more than one page outlining the planned research.

Background
Not more than two pages including the problem, its significance, prior or concurrent studies conducted, and any preliminary work the investigator has already completed on this subject.

Hypothesis
A statement of no more than one-half page outlining the question to be answered or the premise to be investigated.

Methods
Not more than four pages. Include a precise description of the methods of data collection, analysis and research model to be used. Specify the planned number of patients, experiments or observations to be evaluated to prove or disprove the hypothesis with power analysis.

Budget
Please complete this work sheet. Total for the grant request may not exceed $25,000. The first installment of funding ($15,000) will be distributed upon full IRB approval. In your budget justification, describe a target milestone after which met, the remaining funds will be allocated.

Statement of Funds
Indicate in a one-paragraph statement if funds for this or related project(s) are pending or on hand through other sources. Give specifics.

References
List scientific references, if pertinent.

Local/Institution Review Board
IRB approval is required when studies in humans are planned. Animal care committee approval is required for animal studies. Approval in principle is sufficient at the time of the grant application, but documented IRB approval is required prior to funding.

Available Resources
Submit a list of equipment, facilities, personnel and services being provided in conjunction with the grant project, including funding sources for all investigators. Describe animal care facilities if they are to be used for the project. Letters of cooperation may be included if appropriate.

Future Funding Plans
Provide a discussion of what your short term (1-2 year) and long term (5 year) plans are for bariatric research career development especially with respect to your plans for continuation funding for this line of investigation.

Curriculum Vitae
Submit a Curriculum Vitae for the Principal Investigator (PI), Co-PI and all other co-investigators in a four page, NIH biosketch format. The biosketch(s) should be placed last, after the required elements outlined in the grant structure, i.e. they should be the last item of the application.

Indirect Costs Policy

The monies ASMBS awards for research grants are intended for use as seed money only and no indirect costs may be charged against these awards. Please review the difference between direct and indirect costs. Direct costs are those expenses required for a specific grant project, including lab equipment/materials and personnel costs. Indirect costs are fixed costs (what institutions charge as overhead to administer a grant) including rent on lab facilities and other institutional charges.

Contact Information

For additional information, please email research@asmbs.org.