Funding Agency:
American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases

The AASLD Foundation Pilot Research Award supports highly innovative research ideas that have a clear potential to produce high-impact results, but that have little or no preliminary data to successfully compete for funding from other sources. This award is not intended to support ongoing research in the applicant’s laboratory, but rather support new ideas or approaches that have not previously been studied.

One Pilot Research Award per year will be reserved for the most meritorious PSC-related research. Broader project eligibility criteria will be used for the evaluation of the PSC-related applications.

Deadline: Dec. 3, 2020

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicant must be at the post-doctoral level (MD, PhD, PharmD or equivalent), or faculty at or below the rank of Associate Professor in an accredited North American (US, Canada, or Mexico) academic institution at the award start date (July 1, 2020).
  • If funded, at least 20% effort will be devoted to the research project on which this application is based.
  • The applicant must be a member of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD) at the time of award application and maintain active membership for the duration of the award period.
    • If the applicant is at or below the rank of Assistant Professor, they must have a mentor or co-mentor who is an AASLD member in good standing at the time of application and for the duration of the award period. Mentors are not required for Associate Professor level applicants or equivalent.
  • 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. The funded research project must be conducted at the sponsoring institution within the United States, Canada or Mexico.
  • The proposed project must not be an established project with alternate funding.
  • Applicant may only apply for one (1) AASLD Foundation (AASLDF) award per application cycle.



Funding Type


Duke Awardees

2013 - Brittany N. Bohinc, MD
Research Project: Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease is Associated With Systemic and Hepatic Hypothyroidism


Junior Faculty
Medical Fellow/Resident
Post Doctoral Fellows


Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational

External Deadline

December 3, 2020