Research

Research

Research Grant Opportunities

The AST awards annual career development grants for young investigators and mid-career transition grants to support transition to an R-series or equivalent grant. In addition, we put a call for directed grants when available.

Past Grant Recipients

The AST has awarded more than 250 research grants since 1995. View Past Research Grant Recipients

 

Career Development Grants

The purpose of these grants is to foster the training of early career investigators who have the potential to contribute to transplant science/immunobiology and/or treatment of transplant recipients. The grants encourage continued commitment of high-quality applicants to their careers in transplantation.

Grants are typically awarded in the amount of $50,000 a year for one or two years as budget allows. The number of grants we award per year is dependent on the amount of available funding.

The cycle for AST career development grants is:

• Submissions are accepted between August 1 and December 1
• Applicants are notified in the following March
• Research begins the next July

Only applications supporting research directly related to solid organ transplantation will be considered. Applications are accepted in basic, clinical, and translational research.

Fellowship Research Grants

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.

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Download the prior year’s fellowship grant eligibility requirements.

Note: details are subject to change.

Faculty Development Research Grants

The faculty development research grants are for young investigators within the first five years of their first faculty appointment. The grant allows investigators to expand on preliminary findings that will become the basis for individual research or career development awards.

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Download the prior year’s faculty development grant eligibility requirements.

Note: details are subject to change.

 

Mid-Career Transition Grants

The purpose of these grants is to promote the careers of mid-career independent investigators whose research relates to the field of solid organ transplantation (and/or immunology relating to solid organ transplant). The grants support the investigator’s transition to an R-series or equivalent grant.

Grants are typically awarded in the amount of $50,000 for one year. In addition, the grant provides an optional one-for-one matching between the AST and the applicant’s institution of $25,000 each to support a post-doctoral fellow’s salary. The number of grants we award per year is dependent on the amount of available funding.

The 2021 cycle for AST mid-career transition grants is:

• Submissions are accepted between March 1 and June 1
• Applicants are notified in October
• Research begins the next January

Only applications supporting research directly related to solid organ transplantation will be considered. Applications are accepted in basic, clinical, and translational research.

Application Details

Carefully review the 2022 Mid-Career Transition Grant Request for Applications.

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Directed Grants

AST sometimes receives requests from our partners to collaborate to offer directed grants. These grants are focused on specifically defined areas of research. The applicant, terms, and funding are at the discretion of the partner. When directed grants are open, we provide details on our website, in our e-newsletter, via e-mail, and in our social media.

CLOSED: AST and Natera Research Grants on donor-derived cell-free DNA

Natera, in collaboration with the AST Research Network, is accepting applications to fund transplantation and immunology research in donor-derived cell-free DNA for a total of $250,000.

The call for applications closed on March 12, 2021. Applicants will be notified in May 2021.