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Liver Scholar Award

The American Liver Foundation (ALF) Liver Scholar Award provides young scientists with support for their research to bridge the gap between completion of research training and attainment of status as an independent research scientist. The additional research experience provided by this award is intended to enable them to successfully compete for research awards from national sources, particularly the NIH. ALF hopes to attract well-trained investigators who hold MD, PhD or MD/PhD degrees to a career in liver disease research.

The Liver Scholar Award is intended to develop the potential of outstanding, young scientists and encourage research in liver physiology and disease. Individuals who are already well-established in the field are not eligible for this award.

Terms of Award and Requirements
> Funding
> Institutional/Affiliation Requirements
> Publications
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Preparing Your Application
> Checklist
Submitting Your Application
Frequently Asked Questions

Application Form


Applicants must meet the following guidelines in order to be eligible for an ALF Liver Scholar Award:

  • Applicant must 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.

  • Applicant must apply within the first three (3) years of his/her first faculty appointment (including prior appointments in universities outside of North America) and commence the award within the first four (4) years of faculty appointment.

  • If the applicant does not have a faculty appointment at the time of application, a letter signed by the department chair confirming that the applicant will have a faculty appointment (a) no later than the Liver Scholar Award start date and (b) for the full award cycle must be submitted.

  • At the time of application or during an ALF Liver Scholar Award cycle, the applicant cannot hold or have held any of the following awards: NIH R01, PO1, R29, K01, K08, K11 or R21 award; Veterans Administration Merit Review, Associate Investigator, Research Associate, or Clinical Investigator Award; AGA Industry Award, Glaxo Institute for Digestive Health Award; American Heart Association Award, or any other similar award that is intended to primarily support the salary of young investigators.

  • ALF must be notified immediately if the applicant receives another research award during the application process or after the receipt of an award.

  • Applicant must be sponsored by a research mentor.

  • Applicant may apply for only one type of ALF award each year.

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  • Funding is provided in the amount of $225,000 over three years.

  • Annual renewal will depend on scientific progress, verification of faculty status, and other received or pending research funding.

  • Funding is provided to eligible institutions only for salary support for the recipient. No indirect costs may be covered.

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Institutional/Affiliation Requirements

  • Recipient is directly responsible to the sponsoring institution.

  • Award cannot be transferred to another mentor or institution without prior written approval from the American Liver Foundation.

  • A maximum of one award will be made per mentor.

  • Recipient will promptly notify ALF regarding any change in his/her status or receipt of additional salary and/or research support.

  • Recipient will devote 50% or more of his/her time to the research project on which the application is based.

  • If the award is relinquished prior to the specified end date of the award cycle, any funds applicable to the unused portion of time are to be returned to ALF.

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It is required that ALF be acknowledged as “American Liver Foundation” in any presentation or publication resulting from research performed during the ALF Liver Scholar Award cycle. Please forward an electronic copy or four (4) hard copies of each abstract, presentation, manuscript, publication and review to ALF.

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Four (4) copies of the following reports must be submitted to the ALF by May 31 of the first and second year of funding:

  • ALF Research Awards Program Interim Scientific Report

  • ALF Research Awards Program Fiscal Accountability Form

At the conclusion of the award cycle, the following reports should be submitted to the ALF by July 31:

  • ALF Research Awards Program Final Scientific Report

  • ALF Research Awards Program Fiscal Accountability Form

ALF Research Awards Program Interim and Final Scientific Reports
Reports should consist of no more than two pages, written in lay language to the extent possible, signed by the mentor, and contain a summary of research during the reporting year, including actual results and their significance, changes in principal investigator or in the original research proposal, as well as any pending or planned applications for additional research funding.

The Research Awards Program Fiscal Accountability Form
Report should be prepared by the chief financial officer of sponsoring institution or other person certified to sign that funding has been used for the purposes intended and in keeping with ALF award requirements. Certification also acknowledges that such expenditures may be subject to a spot audit by ALF. The report should indicate how funds were used and amount remaining, if any. All unexpended funds must be returned to ALF at the conclusion of the award along with the ALF Research Awards Program Fiscal Accountability Report.

Delays in report submission may cause delays in the award payment schedule.

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Do not exceed page limits and assemble the application in the order described below and listed under "Checklist". Include separate, typed pages for all additional information using ½ inch margins and 11 point Arial font. Put your name (last name, first name) in the upper right-hand corner of each page and clearly label each piece of additional information. Convert your completed application into a single PDF file and submit it online by October 15, 2010 at 5 PM Eastern Time, according to "Submitting Your Application.". Applications that do not meet the requirements, in content or format, will not be reviewed. The application should contain the following sections:

  • Applicant Information – Use this as the face page for your application

  • Summary and Abstract

  • Biographical Sketch – Provide a biographical sketch, including other support, using the current PHS 398 form for the applicant as well as any other key personnel

  • Research Plan – Prepare in this order: Specific Aims, Background and Significance, Preliminary Results, Research Design and Methods, and References. This section is restricted to eight pages. Results of unpublished observations may be summarized using text, tables or figures and they must be included in the eight-page limit. The section on previous work should highlight the candidate’s previous studies and his/her contributions to knowledge in this field. The reference section is not included in the eight-page limit.

  • Research Facilities – The research environment should be described, including laboratory space, if applicable, consultants and technical (including computer) resources. Limit to one page.

  • Institutional Review Board – All human studies require IRB approval. IRB approval for the proposed research project may be supplied with the application, or applied for at the time of application and verification of approval sent to ALF by January 14, 2011. If IRB approval is not necessary or not attached, please state why. Limit to one page.

  • Candidate’s Statement – Describe the benefits of this award to your research career, the impact the research mentor will have on your research development, and your academic goals. Limit to one page.

  • Letters of Commitment from Department Head and Mentor – A letter must be provided from the head of your department confirming that 50% of your time will be devoted to the research project on which this application is based. A letter of support from your mentor (if different from the department head) is also required, stating that he/she will be available to provide advice and guidance to you during the award cycle. Limit to one page each.

  • Letters of Recommendation – Two additional letters of recommendation attesting to your qualifications, commitment to research and quality of scientific work must be submitted with the application. Limit to one page each.

  • Signatures – The "Signature's" page of this application must be completed and signed by the appropriate individuals and included in the award application.

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Make sure to double check your application before submitting it for consideration. Your complete application should include the following:

  • Applicant Information

  • Summary and Abstract

  • Biographical Sketches

  • Research Plan

  • Research Facilities

  • Institutional Review Board

  • Candidate’s Statement

  • Letters of Commitment

  • Letters of Recommendation

  • Required Signatures

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Submit your completed application electronically no later than October 15, 2010, 5 PM Eastern Standard Time.

  • Completely fill out all forms

  • Collect all of your supplemental materials and assemble along with your application forms into a single PDF file (including all letters of recommendation)

  • Copy and paste this link into your web browser address bar and hit enter: (be sure to enter the link exactly as shown)

  • Follow the instructions on that page to upload your PDF file

  • You will receive a confirmation email

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Are there any funding opportunities for pre-doctoral students at the American Liver Foundation?
Currently there are no funding opportunities for pre-doctoral students.

Must my project focus on basic science? Can I submit a project focused on clinical studies?
Either basic science, or clinical studies are eligible for funding.

My fellowship program is 3 year program but my second and third years are dedicated to research training. I am currently in my 3rd year of the program. Does this make me ineligible for the Postdoctoral Award?
The amount of years of actual research training is counted, so you are still eligible.

One of our transplant doctors is interested in submitting for a Liver Scholar Award however his salary is already covered so he would like to hire a tech and purchase supplies instead of using the award solely for his salary support. Would that be acceptable?
No, the Liver Scholar Award must be used for salary support only.

Can I apply for both a Liver Scholar Award and a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Award?
No, you must apply for one or the other.

I am a faculty member but my job title is Postdoctoral Associate. Prior to this appointment, I was a post-doctoral fellow for 2 years. Am I still eligible for a Liver Scholar Award?
If you are a faculty member then you can apply. Clearly state in your commitment letter from your department chair that you have a faculty appointment.

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Download the application form here.

2011 Liver Scholar Award Application

2011 American Liver Foundation Liver Scholar Award Application

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Page updated: August 30th, 2010


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