Afdhal / McHutchison LIFER Award

Application Deadline
Award Amount
$100,000 ($50,000/year)
Award Term
Two years
Award Type
Clinical / Translational / Outcomes Research
Career Level
Fellows / Postdocs

The 2022 application deadline for this program has passed. Notifications will be sent by May 1, 2022


View the 2022 request for applications [PDF].


The purpose of this two-year, $100,000 ($50,000/year) award is to foster career development for fellows performing clinical research and/or translational research in a liver-related area and who have shown commitment to excellence at an early stage of their research study. The award is intended to ensure that a significant portion of the investigators’ time is protected for research, with an overall objective of enabling the investigators to develop independent and productive research careers in liver disease.

International applicants who have been accepted into a fellowship position at a North American institution are strongly encouraged to apply.

In order to be eligible for this award, the applicant must adhere to the following guidelines:

  1. The applicant must:
    • Be a postdoctoral or clinical research fellow who has completed their most recent doctoral degree or medical residency within the past six* years at the start of the grant term (completed no earlier than July 1, 2016). *The standard eligibility period for this award is within five years of the applicant’s most recent doctoral degree or medical residency. In consideration of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on researchers, AASLD Foundation has extended the eligibility window for the 2022 Awards cycle. This extension is not guaranteed for future cycles.   
      • Applicants from North America must be employed by an academic, medical, or research institution at the time of application and for the duration of the award.
      • Applicants from outside of North America must have already been accepted into a fellowship position by a North American education institution at the time of application and for the duration of the award. Positions contingent on receipt of the award are acceptable. The North American fellowship position must start no later than the award start date (July 1, 2022) and end no earlier than the award end date (June 30, 2024). International applicants must have a student or trainee Visa to the country where the fellowship will occur that will be valid for the duration of the award term.
      • Individuals employed at the NIH, FDA, and CDC are not eligible to apply.
    • Be a member of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD) at the time of award application and maintain active membership for the duration of the award period.
    • Be able to devote at least 80% effort to research activities related to the award.
    • Have a mentor at the North American institution who is an AASLD member in good standing for the duration of the award.
    • Not hold other similar research awards (see eligibility list for common programs). 
  2. The proposed project must:
    • Be clinical (direct contact with patients, clinical trials), translational (investigation using patient samples), or outcomes-based (epidemiological studies, patient-centered outcomes, or health services) research. 
    • Be conducted at the sponsoring institution within the United States, Canada or Mexico.
  3. Application limits:
    • There is no restriction on the number of applicants an institution can sponsor each cycle, but only one applicant may be funded per institution in this award category.
    • Applicants may only apply for one AASLD Foundation award per application year. 

Award Period: July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2024.

  • Award of $100,000 will be provided over two years ($50,000 per year). 
  • Funds may only be used for PI salary support and/or for technical support/laboratory supplies (excluding capital equipment) for the recipient. No additional or indirect costs, registration fees, or travel expenses are allowed.
  • Unexpended funds at the end of the award term must be returned to AASLD Foundation. 
  • Awards cannot be transferred to another institution without prior written approval from AASLD Foundation. 
  • Funding notifications for the 2022 awards cycle will be sent no later than May 15, 2022. 

Candidates will be evaluated based upon their background, their commitment to a research career, the strength of their research project and the environment in which they will conduct this project.

Applications will be reviewed based on the written materials submitted. Incomplete applications and applications that fail to adhere strictly to the instructions (including the submission deadline and page limitations) will not be reviewed.  All decisions are final.

  1. Use pages 5-6 of the RFA as cover pages. Type responses.
  2. Include only the required documents and provide signatures as requested.
  3. Include a header at the upper right corner of each page with your name (last name, first name) and award name.
  4. Use half-inch margins. Do not use lettering smaller than 10 point.
  5. Adhere to page limits and complete all sections. Applications that do not meet the requirements, in content or format, will not be reviewed.
  6. The completed application, letters of support or commitment, and other documents as applicable must be combined in the order listed in the Required Documents section (RFA pages 3-4) and submitted as one PDF document. Name the PDF file as follows: 2022 LIFER_Last name, first name (Example: 2022 LIFER_Smith, Jane) 
  7. Submit your application at You will be sent an email confirmation that the application was received. If an email confirmation is not received in two (2) business days, please contact to confirm receipt.

The application deadline for this award is 11:59 pm Eastern time, December 2, 2021. Applications received after the deadline will not be reviewed.