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This is the home page for the ASTS Ronald & JoAnn Busuttil Surgeon Scientist Scholarship.  Please visit the Grants Home Page to learn about a different grant. 

Please review these eligibility, submission and other requirements carefully before submitting your application.   

This award will serve to promote the successful transition from fellowship to a career as a surgeon scientist in the field of Transplantation Surgery. The recipient will be finishing or just have completed a fellowsghip at a TACC accredit training program and shall have accepted a position in an academic department/division of surgery performing Transplant Surgery. The individual should have dedicated protected time for research pursuits as well as financial start-up support from their Department or Division to advance their research career. The recipient should have an outstanding track record of  scholarship and clear evidence of their commitment to productive career as a surgeon-scientist. Candidates with a second advanced degree such as a PhD are preferred, but a second degree is not essential. The candidate should provide a cogent research plan that can be basic, translational or clinical in orientation, but must focus on acquisition of new knowledge that will move the field forward rather than analysis of existing practice or data.

Amount: $50,000 per year for 2 years

Funds Support:  direct research and educational costs. No salary support for applicant, and no indirects will be paid.


  • ASTS Member (Regular or Candidate Member).
  • Fellow at a TACC accredited fellowship training program who is either about to complete their training, or within 1 year of completing training.
  • Advanced degree preferred.
  • Applicant must reside in North America.
  • Awardee may not concurrently receive any other financial support for proposed research from 
    ASTS, AST, ACS, SUS or other society granting similar support. 

Submission Requirements

  • A brief synopsis of your research (250 words maximum)
  • Narrative: 3 page maximum plus 1 page of graphics permitted. State the reason for applying for the grant, specific objectives for the duration of the grant, and future plans and goals. References are included in the 3 page limit. 
  • Budget: 1 page maximum
  • Autobiography: 1 page maximum explaining your educational background, choice of career, and interest in transplantation and research.
  •  Joint letter from Division Chief & Department Chair Nomination Letter confirming commitment
    from institution to conduct research, the amount of protected time for research, verification of 
    applicant’s qualifications and amount of financial support provided by the institution. 
  • Member Sponsor Letter
  • CV

Other Requirements

  • The Awardee must attend the ASTS Grant Ceremony at the American Transplant Congress (ATC) to formally accept the grant.
  • An abstract must be submitted for presentation at an ATC or ASTS Winter Symposium during the grant period or within 6 months of completion.
  • A mid-report to the ASTS National Office must be submitted in the spring of the first year.
  • A final report to the ASTS National Office must be submitted in the spring of the last year of funding.
  • Awardee will be expected to present a brief review of the research progress supported by the grant at a future ASTS Winter Symposium

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  • 1 grant is available in 2024
  • By submitting an application, you confirm that you understand any funding received may be subjected to any relevant Sunshine Act reporting. 

Once you have read the requirements and have determined you are eligible, please Click Here to Submit your Application.