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Fellowship Research Grant

Grants to USA, Canada, and Mexico Post-Doctoral Fellows for
Training and Research in Transplant Science and/or Immunology

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American Society of Transplantation (AST)

Deadline Date:

12/01/20 11:59 PM Pacific Standard Time


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Grants of $50,000 to USA, Canada, and Mexico post-doctoral fellows for training and research in transplant science and/or immunology. Funding is intended to support the applicant’s salary and/or research costs. The applicant’s sponsor must be an active member of the funding organization or have submitted a completed membership application prior to the deadline. Only grants supporting research related to solid organ transplantation will be considered.

The grant rewards a project that provides a strong training vehicle for the applicant. The Fellowship Research Grant seeks to:

  1. Foster training of early career investigators who have the potential to contribute to the understanding of transplant science/immunobiology and/or treatment of transplant recipients.
  2. Foster research that is of high merit.
  3. Encourage high-quality applicants who want to develop a career in academic transplantation.

Fellowship Research Grant applications are submitted in one of three categories: basic, clinical, or translational science.

  • Basic Science is defined as anything in discovery science from molecules to cells to animal models.
  • Translational Science is defined as anything from animal models designed specifically to translate basic research to clinical application, to work with clinical human samples with clear translational impact.
  • Clinical Science is defined as research involving human patients, from data generation and mining to testing new protocols and therapies. Clinical science includes the following two types of research:
    • Clinical Trials: Designed to answer specific question(s) about new therapies or new ways of using known treatments. Preference will be given to prospective studies.
    • Clinical Outcomes or Observational Studies: Designed to better define the causes and/or consequences of pathological or biological processes in transplantation. Retrospective studies may be appropriate. However, proposals that analyze registry data (e.g. data collected by the United Network for Organ Sharing) are expected to test unique hypotheses or employ new data or methodologies. The analysis, including the statistics, should be performed by the applicant and not by the data registry staff.

AST establishes research priorities for each category; however, applications are accepted on any research topic that relates to solid organ transplantation. For information on research priorities, see here:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 193262

Number of Grants:

The AST Research Network strives to support a Fellowship Research Grant in each of the three categories, provided funds are available.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants are generally awarded in the amount of $50,000 per year.

Term of Contract:

Grants are generally awarded for either one year or two years, depending on AST Research Network funding levels. Please submit your research proposal planning on two years of funding. Research must commence on July 1, 2021 and cannot be deferred for any reason.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The fellowship grant is for applicants who have spent two years or less performing research in transplantation and/or immunology since their last doctoral degree. Applicants must have a sponsor.

Applicant's Position:
a. The applicant (MD, PhD, PharmD, or equivalent degree) must be within the first two years of post-doctoral training (not including clinical training) by the grant application deadline (December 1). Applicants who have worked in other fields or taken a leave of absence are eligible beyond this two-year period, but this must be directly addressed in the sponsor's letter.
b. Throughout the period of the grant, the applicant must be at a "fellowship training" level and may not hold an independent faculty level position or a salaried senior staff position (or equivalent). The AST defines an independent faculty level position as: a) Assistant Professor or equivalent; or b) regardless of title, institutional support that includes independent lab space and/or start-up funds to allow independent research.
c. The applicant’s fellowship must commence prior to or on the start of the grant term (July 1, 2021).
d. The minimum protected time for basic or translational grants is 50% and for clinical grants is 25%.

For information about the Applicant’s Sponsor and Institutional Support, see here:

AST Membership:
a. The applicant is not required to be an active AST member.
b. The applicant’s sponsor must be an active AST member or have submitted a completed membership application by December 1, 2020.
c. If the applicant is awarded a grant, the sponsor’s membership must be maintained throughout the term of the grant.

Candidates can apply for an AST Fellowship Research Grant at the same time as applying as primary investigator on a K-series, individual fellowships, career development awards, or other grants that support their salary, but may not retain AST funding if the other grant is awarded.

Location: The proposed work is to be performed in a North American research setting.

Education: The applicant must have an MD, DO, PhD, DVM, PharmD or equivalent graduate degree at the time of the application.

Citizenship: The applicant must be either: a) a U.S., Canadian, or Mexican citizen; b) a lawfully admitted permanent resident foreign national of the U.S., Canada, or Mexico with a valid visa during the awarded period; or c) a foreign national admitted lawfully for residence in the U.S., Canada, or Mexico during the awarded period. J1 and H1B visa holders are eligible to apply.

Two grants from the same group or from the same institution with significant scientific overlap will not be funded regardless of score.

Fellows who currently are PI on a K-series grant or hold other individual fellowships, career development awards, or other grants awarded in their name that support their salary are not eligible to apply for an AST Research Network Fellowship Research Grant

Individuals who previously received an AST Fellowship Research Grant are not eligible to apply again.

The following expenses are not permitted: institution overhead, capital equipment, or travel costs.

During the term of the research grant, there can be no concurrent extramural funding.

Pre-Application Information:

The application deadline is 11:59 pm Pacific Standard Time on December 1, 2020.

Applications must be complete and submitted online through the AST Research Network submission website.

The cycle for AST career development grants is:

- Submissions are accepted between August 1 and December 1 (New submission period beginning with 2020 grant cycle).
- Applicants are notified in the following March.
- Research begins the next July.

Grant recipients will be recognized during the 2021 American Transplant Congress June 5-9, 2021 in Seattle, WA. Recipients are expected to register for and attend ATC. Registration is not included as part of the AST grant.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online:

For questions, please email or Melissa Patterson at

American Society of Transplantation
1120 Route 73, Suite 200
Mt. Laurel, NJ 08054
Phone: 856.439.9986

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