Clinical, Translational and Outcomes Research Award

Application Deadline
Award Amount
$200,000 ($100,000/year)
Award Term
Two years
Award Type
Clinical / Translational / Outcomes Research
Career Level
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 Clinical, Translational and Outcomes Research Awards in Liver Diseases are two-year awards of $200,000 ($100,000/year) intended to foster career development for individuals performing clinical research, translational research, or outcomes research in a liver-related area and who have shown commitment to excellence at an early stage of their research study. The awards ensure that a significant portion of young investigator's time is protected for research, with an overall objective of enabling young investigators to develop independent and productive research careers in liver disease. Up to two applications per distinct department will now be accepted per single sponsoring institution.

Applications in health disparities-related research are encouraged.

One award per year will be reserved for meritorious transplant related research in memory of the University of Michigan Transplant Team.

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

  1. The applicant must:
    • Be within the first six* years of their 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 this award 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.
      • If the applicant does not have a faculty appointment at the time of application, the letter of commitment from their department chair must explicitly confirm that the applicant will have a faculty appointment (i) no later than the Award start date and (ii) for the full award cycle.
    • 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 50% effort to the research project on which this application is based.
    • 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 research 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.
    • Not hold/have held any other similar award that is intended to primarily support the salary of early career investigators (including but not limited to NIH R, P or most K level grants, or similar career development awards from federal or non-federal sources. See eligibility list for more 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:
    • A single sponsoring institution may submit up to two applications per distinct department within each institutional training site, but only one applicant may be funded per department within each institution for this award category.
    • Applicants may only apply for one AASLD Foundation award per application year.   

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

  • Awards of $200,000 will be provided over two (2) years ($100,000 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. 
  • Annual renewal will depend on scientific progress, verification of faculty status, and other received or pending research funding.
  • Funding notifications for the 2022 awards cycle will be sent no later than May 15, 2022. 

Applicants will be evaluated based upon their background, their commitment to a research career, the scientific merit 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 CTORA_Last name, first name (Example: 2022 CTORA_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.