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The Jacobson Promising Investigator Award 

The Joan L. and Julius H. Jacobson II Promising Investigator Award (JPIA) of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) was established to recognize outstanding surgeons engaging in research, advancing the art and science of surgery, and demonstrating early promise of significant contribution to the practice of surgery and the safety of surgical patients. The 2015 award in the amount of $30,000 is supported through a generous endowed fund established by the donors and administered by the ACS Surgical Research Committee.

Award Criteria

  1. Candidate must be a Fellow or an Associate Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
  2. Candidate must be board certified in a surgical specialty and must have completed surgical training in the last six years.
  3. Candidate must hold a faculty appointment at a research-based academic medical center or hold a military service position.
  4. Only one application per surgical department will be accepted.
  5. Candidate must have received peer-reviewed funding such as a K-series award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Veterans Administration, National Science Foundation, or U.S. Department of Defense merit review to support their research effort.
  6. Candidate must submit a one-page essay to the committee that explains why they should be considered for the award and describes the importance of their past and current research.
  7. Nomination documentation must include an NIH-formatted biographical sketch and copies of the candidate’s three most significant publications.
  8. Nomination documentation must include a letter of recommendation from the candidate’s department chair. Up to three additional letters of recommendation will be accepted.

Special consideration will be given to surgeons who are at the “tipping point” of their research careers with a track record indicative of early promise and potential (for example, degree program in research or K-award). Surgeon-scientists who are well established (for example, a recipient of NIH R01 grants) are not eligible.


Submissions for the 2015 JPIA are now closed. To be considered for the award in 2016, applications must be submitted on or before February 26, 2016

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Past JPIA Recipients

See a list of all past recipients.


Please send your comments and inquiries to Carla Manosalvas, Administrator, Committees and Educational Programs, Division of Research and Optimal Patient Care—Continuous Quality Improvement, at