Evaluating the success of American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery research grants

Benjamin Clapp, Omar M. Ghanem, Michael Edwards, Spyridon Giannopoulos, Victoria Lyo, Nancy Puzziferri, Dimitrios Stefanidis

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Background: Since 2004 the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) Foundation has funded competitive proposals by ASMBS members that are administered through the ASMBS Research Committee. These grants are intended to further the knowledge in the field of metabolic and bariatric surgery and support the scholarly growth of its members. Objectives: The aim of this project was to evaluate the factors associated with grant completion success and barriers encountered by investigators. Setting: ASMBS. Methods: Members of the ASMBS Research Committee retrospectively reviewed all awarded research grants since 2004. Information captured included research topic, status of awarded grants, and related publications. Further, a web-based survey of grant recipients was administered exploring the perceived factors of successful completion and barriers encountered. Results: Since 2004, ASMBS members have been awarded 28 research grants funded by the ASMBS Foundation totaling $1,033,000. Fifty-seven percent of awardees responded to the survey. Seventeen projects had been completed at the time of the survey leading to 13 publications, while 11 remain in progress. Seventy percent of non-completed grant recipients indicated that a publication was forthcoming in the next 12 months. Overall, 64% received additional funding. Factors reported to influence successful completion of grants included the effectiveness of the research team, principal investigator (PI) perseverance, PI protected time, institutional support and available resources, and mentorship. Over the last decade, the average time from the award to publication was 2 years. Conclusions: The research grants awarded by the AMSBS are successful at producing peer reviewed publications at a high rate and often lead to further funding suggesting that they boost the career of their recipients. The identified factors of success can help guide future applicants and the ASMBS Research Committee during its grant selection process.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)136-143
Number of pages8
JournalSurgery for Obesity and Related Diseases
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2023


  • ASMBS Foundation
  • ASMBS research committee
  • Grants

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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