Awards and Grants
The AGITG offers a number of awards and grants every year for research concepts that have the potential to make an impact in the area of gastro-intestinal cancer research.
1. Innovation Grants
Community-funded grants of up to $200,000 for a proposed AGITG-sponsored new research study that aims to lead on to a larger scale AGITG-sponsored trial to be supported by a peer-reviewed grant source or industry.
2. Philanthropic Funding
The GI Cancer Institute works with members and the Working Parties to help fund new AGITG-led pilot and small-scale studies, substudies and translational research, with funding secured through our loyal community of GI cancer supporters.
1. John Zalcberg AO Award for Excellence in AGITG Research
The John Zalcberg AO Award for Excellence in AGITG Research recognises a member of the AGITG who has made a significant and outstanding leadership contribution to AGITG research over a sustained period. Nominations may recognise the contributions of investigators, research staff or community members of the AGITG.
2. Merck-AGITG Clinical Research Fellowship in GI Cancer
The Merck-AGITG Clinical Research Fellowship in GI Cancer is a prestigious two-year Fellowship valued at AUD$150,000. The Fellowship provides early career researchers with an opportunity to work in the busiest GI clinic in the UK and to assist in the development of collaborative links between the AGITG and UK research groups.
3. Best New Concept Award
The New Concepts Symposium is designed as a novel way to reach out to a wider spectrum of the group. The presentation that is voted Best New Concept at the Symposium receives $3,500 and their concept will be taken forward for a formal review by the AGITG Upper or Lower GI Working Party. A runner-up receives $1,500.
4. Best of Posters and Fast Forward Sessions
The AGITG recognises excellence in the Best of Posters at each Annual Scientific Meeting. The Award provides an excellent opportunity to be recognised by peers for contributions to the Group and the Annual Meeting. The best abstract from the Poster Session receives $3,500, with a runner-up receiving $1,500.
5. Outstanding Site Awards
Clinical trial sites actively involved in AGITG trials are encourage to apply to win two complimentary registrations to the AGITG Annual Scientific Meeting the following year. This award is presented in two categories: Outstanding metro sites, and Outstanding regional, rural and remote site.
6. Christine Aiken Memorial Award for Excellence in AGITG Study Coordination
The Christine Aiken Memorial Award recognises a significant and outstanding contribution by an AGITG study coordinator. The recipient receives up to $2,000 to cover flights, accommodation, and registration to attend the AGITG Annual Scientific Meeting the following year.
7. AGITG Member Fundraiser of the Year Award
The Member Fundraiser of the Year Award will be presented at the AGITG Annual Scientific meeting in recognition a member’s outstanding commitment to fundraising for GI cancer research.
8. Early Career Researcher Award for Excellence in AGITG Research
The purpose of the AGITG Early Career Researcher Award is to recognise an outstanding early-career clinician-researcher or translational scientist in the area of GI cancer. The recipient receives up to $2,000 to cover flights, accommodation, and registration to attend the AGITG Annual Scientific Meeting the following year.