Autoimmune Liver Diseases Pilot Research Award

Application Deadline
Award Amount
Award Term
One year
Award Type
Clinical / Translational / Outcomes Research
Basic Science Research
Career Level
Pre-Doctoral / Graduate
Fellows / Postdocs
Junior Faculty

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 one year, $20,000 award is to provide supplementary funding during the pilot phase of basic, translational or clinical research projects in autoimmune liver disease (e.g. autoimmune hepatitis, primary sclerosing cholangitis, primary biliary cholangitis) in preparation for future grant applications by the recipient. Projects should address focused research questions pertaining to the pathogenesis, diagnosis, management or outcome of autoimmune liver diseases in children and adults.

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

  1. The applicant must:
    • Be at the pre-doctoral/graduate level, post-doctoral level, or junior faculty within the first six* years of his/her first faculty appointment (including prior appointments in universities outside of North America) at the start of the award (faculty appointment starting no earlier than July 1, 2016). *The standard eligibility period for junior faculty is within five years of the applicant’s first faculty appointment. 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. 
    • 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 20% effort to research activities related to this award.
    • Be sponsored by a public or private non-profit institution accredited in the United States, Canada or Mexico engaged in health care and health-related research. Individuals employed at the NIH, FDA, and CDC are not eligible to apply.
    • Have a mentor or co-mentor who is an AASLD member in good standing at the time of application and for the duration of the award period.
  2. The proposed project must:
    • Focus on research pertaining to the pathogenesis, diagnosis, management, or outcome of autoimmune liver diseases in children and/or adults.
    • Not be an established project with alternate funding.
    • 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 distinct department within each institution in this award category.
    • Applicants may only apply for one AASLD Foundation research award per application year. Eligible applicants in this category may also apply for the AASLD Foundation Advanced/Transplant Hepatology Award in the same award year. 

Award Period: July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023.

  • Awards of $20,000 will be provided over one (1) 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.

The potential for the research to support the recipient in a future academic career as a physician scientist in hepatology will also be considered.

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 6-7 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 page 3) and submitted as one PDF document. Name the PDF file as follows: 2022 AILD Pilot_Last name, first name (Example: 2022 AILD Pilot_Smith, Jane)

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