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

View the application [PDF]. The application deadline for this award was December 3, 2020.


The purpose of this award is to support new, highly innovative 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.

The applicant must:

  • Be at the post-doctoral level (MD, PhD, PharmD or equivalent), or faculty at or below the rank of Associate Professor in an accredited North American (US, Canada, or Mexico) academic institution at the award start date (July 1, 2021).
  • 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.
  • Cannot hold federal funding (e.g. U, P, R, K, VA Merit, VA CDA) unless they are able to justify the following in their application:
    • The project is truly completely distinct and non-overlapping from existing funding;
    • The proposed work cannot be completed using existing funds.

The proposed project must:

  • Be conducted at the sponsoring institution within the United States, Canada or Mexico.
  • Not be an established project with alternate funding

Application limits:

  • 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.
  • There is no restriction on the number of applicants an institution can sponsor each cycle, but only one applicant may be funded per institution.
  • Applicants may only apply for one (1) AASLD Foundation (AASLDF) award per application cycle.

Award Period: July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022

  • One award of $50,000 will be provided over one (1) year.
  • Funds may only be used for technical support and/or laboratory supplies (excluding capital equipment) for the recipient.
  • In the event that the funded candidate is a post-doctoral researcher, up to $10,000 may be used for PI salary support.
  • No indirect costs, registration fees, or travel expenses are provided. It is expected that additional funds are available to the investigator in order to carry out the proposed research.
  • Awards cannot be transferred to another institution without prior written approval from AASLD Foundation.
  • Recipients must acknowledge the award in all publications (abstracts, manuscripts, or other documents) resulting from research performed during the tenure of this award.

Funding notifications for the 2021 awards cycle will be sent no later than May 1, 2021.

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.

Highly innovative, high-risk/high-reward projects will be prioritized.

Project feasibility, an appropriate environment to conduct the project, and relevant collaborators will strengthen the application.

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.

The application deadline for this award was December 3, 2020.

Applications will be accepted online starting on August 19, 2020. You will be sent an email confirmation that the PDF was received. If an email confirmation is not received in 2 business days, contact to confirm receipt.

To prepare your application:

  1. Download the application [PDF]
  2. Use the forms provided in the application package as cover pages. Print or type responses.
  3. Include only the required documents and provide signatures as requested.
  4. Put your name (last name, first name) and the name of the award in the upper right-hand corner of each page.
  5. Use half-inch margins. Do not use lettering smaller than 10 point.
  6. Assemble the application package in the order listed in the Required Documents section of this application.
  7. Adhere to page limits and complete all sections.
  8. The completed application, letters of support or commitment, and other documents as applicable must be combined into and submitted as one PDF document. Name the PDF file as follows: 2021 Pilot – Last name, First Name (Example: 2021 Pilot – Smith, Jane)