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This is the home page for the ASTS-TransMedics Perfusion Faculty Grant. 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.   

ASTS continues its commitment to provide qualified ASTS Members with research funding in the field of organ transplantation.

This research grant is intended to further explore the use of portable normothermic machine perfusion and its ability to 1) predict organ allograft function, outcomes and impact of reduced ischemia/reperfusion injury 2) increase of DBD and DCD donor organ utilization for transplantation, 3) rehabilitate organs that would otherwise be discarded, 4) increase access to organ transplantation, 5) revisiting historical functional warm ischemic limits in the new era of portable normothermic perfusion, and 6) be a platform for targeted therapeutic interventions during perfusion.  Competitive applications for this grant could include, but are not limited to, investigations into biomarkers predicting post-transplant function, minimization of ischemia/reperfusion injury, elucidating the mechanisms of organ recovery during perfusion, optimizing and customizing perfusion protocols, understanding and overcoming barriers to utilization, and developing new applications of portable normothermic machine perfusion to solid organ transplantation.

Amount: $100,000 per year for 2 years

Funds Support:  direct research and educational costs. No salary support for applicant, and no indirects will be paid. Funds for this grant are being supplied by TransMedics. Funding includes in-kind support as needed.


  • ASTS Member (Regular or Candidate Member).
  • Current faculty member at a UNOS approved (or Canadian equivalent) transplant center.
  • Completed a post-residency fellowship or post-doctoral fellowship at an ASTS approved fellowship training program or foreign equivalent.
  • Applicant must reside in North America.
  • Awardee may not concurrently receive any other financial support for proposed research from NIH, 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.
  • Department Chair Nomination Letter confirming committment from institution to conduct research
  • 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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  • 2 grants are available in 2024 and are supported by TransMedics
  • 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.