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This is the home page for the ASTS-Takeda Socio Economic & Racial Disparity 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 established the Socioeconomic and Racial Disparities (SERD) in Transplantation Grant Award to facilitate innovative research in addressing health disparities in transplantation. The ASTS considers it a high priority to provide research grant funding that encourages transplant surgeons and other professionals to actively pursue research to eliminate health disparities in transplantation.  The ASTS seeks proposals aimed at addressing and decreasing disparities in transplantation. Examples may include, increasing access to transplantation for health disparities populations, increasing minority donation, and improving transplant outcomes in socioeconomically disadvantaged communities. ASTS members from population groups who are historically underrepresented in surgery and medicine are especially encouraged to apply, but all are welcome to apply as we all work towards a common goal. ASTS is grateful to partner with Takeda to offer this research opportunity in 2024.

Amount: $25,000 per year for 2 years

Funds Support:  the applicant’s salary, data coordinator, research assistant, direct research supplies and fees, database development and implementation costs. No support for travel or indirects will approved.


  • ASTS Member (Regular member)
  • Be a faculty member with an appointment at a UNOS/OPTN approved transplant center.
  • Applicant must reside in United States.
  • 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. 1 additional page of references is allowed. 
  • 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.
  • CV - NIH biosketch format.

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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  • Size 11 or 12 font
  • Times New Roman, Arial or Calibri
  • Normal margins


  • ASTS is greateful to Takeda for providing financial support for this grant.
  • 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.