2023 ACER Award

Award for Collaborative Endoscopy Research (ACER)

Award Description

The NYSGE Award for Collaborative Endoscopy Research (ACER) in Honor of Florence Lefcourt provides funding for multi-institutional collaboration focused on translational or clinical research with a strong emphasis on gastrointestinal endoscopy. NYSGE is particularly interested in research
pertaining to, in no order of preference: cancer screening and therapy, endoscopy training, novel endoscopic treatments, biomarker research, health disparities, quality measurement and improvement, cost-benefit analyses, health economics, endoscope reprocessing and infection control, and other imaging and interventions that are guided by endoscopy.
The Society’s primary goal is to foster greater scientific collaboration among several metropolitan New York institutions. Therefore, the grant requires active collaboration of at least three institutions. Two of the institutions, including the lead institution or investigator, must be based in metropolitan New York. Strong preference will be given to studies that could not reasonably be conducted without a collaborative approach and to investigators who have demonstrated prior collaboration or have collected preliminary data to support feasibility.
ACER in Honor of Florence Lefcourt is a two-year award with total funding of $100,000. No indirect funds will be provided. The initial Year 1 award will be $50,000. The Research Committees of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy and NYSGE will review progress after 12 months. Further funding is contingent upon meeting pre-defined milestones.


• Award Term: two years, up to $50,000 per year, contingent upon Year 1 progress
• Grant Commencement: July 2024


• July-August 2023: Website and Email Announcements
• December 8, 2023: Submission deadline for final grant application

Application Process And Requirements

• Principal Investigator from each institution must be a member of both ASGE and NYSGE
• Applications must conform to ASGE requirements and guidelines for grant requests
• NYSGE and ASGE require electronic submission. Applications must be submitted as a single
PDF document via email to both and
• Application Packet is available at (September 2023)
Click Here for the Application Instructions
Click Here to Apply


The application is December 8, 2023 by 6:00 pm EST