Research Opportunities

AST awards annual career development grants for young investigators, In addition, we put a call for directed grants when warranted.

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Career Development Grants

The purpose of these grants is to foster the training of young 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 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 July and October
• Applicants are notified in the following March
• Research begins the next July

Applications are accepted in basic, clinical, and translational research. AST establishes research priorities for each category; however, we accept applications on any research topic that relates to solid organ transplantation.



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.

Directed Grants

AST sometimes receive 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 is 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 a long our social media lines.

CLOSED: Kidney Biomarker Discovery and Validation

The AST and Astellas Pharma are seeking to improve the long-term graft survival of kidney transplant recipients by supporting research in the area of biomarker discovery. As such, AST and Astellas are partnering to provide a two-year, $200,000 individual research grant to support a project for developing and testing new surrogate transplant biomarkers that can inform clinical management, personalize immunosuppression, and serve as new clinical endpoints for drug development trials.

Download the 2018 AST / Astellas Biomarkers Research Grant Request for Proposal for full details on research focus, eligibility, submission, and guidelines.

Applicants will be notified regarding the status of their application by September 1, 2018.