Gupta Family Pilot Award in PSC Research

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

Disease Focus: Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis (PSC)


Applications for this program are no longer being accepted for the 2023 funding cycle. The 2024 RFA will be posted July, 2023.


View the 2023 request for applications [PDF]. 


The purpose of this award is to support new, highly innovative Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis-related (PSC) research ideas that focus on questions pertaining to the pathogenesis, diagnosis, and/or management of PSC in children and/or adults. Responsive projects will address highly innovative research ideas that have a clear potential to produce high-impact results, but that have little or no preliminary data to successfully compete for funding from other sources. This award is not intended to support ongoing research in the applicant’s laboratory, but rather support new ideas or approaches that have not previously been studied.

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

  1. The applicant must:
    • Be at the post-doctoral level (MD, PhD, PharmD, or equivalent), or faculty at or below the rank of Associate Professor at the start date of the award (July 1, 2023).
    • 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 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.
    • If the applicant is at or below the rank of Assistant Professor, they must 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. Mentors are not required for Associate Professor level applicants or equivalent.
    • Not hold federal funding (e.g., U, P, R, K, VA Merit, VA CDA) unless they are able to justify the following in their application:
      1. The project is truly completely distinct and non-overlapping from existing funding.
      2. The proposed work cannot be completed using existing funds.
  2. The proposed project must:
    • Focus on research pertaining to the pathogenesis, diagnosis, and/or management of PSC 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 department within each institution for 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 calendar year.     


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The 2023 Gupta Family Pilot Award in PSC Research program is made possible through a generous contribution from The Lalit and Anubha Gupta Family Foundation, Inc. given to establish this award and unrestricted donations from AASLD Foundation donors.