Research Program Overview

Research is essential to ALF in improving, treating, and finding a cure for liver disease.

Since 1979, the Research Awards Program has provided nearly $28 million in research funding. Over 870 qualified scientists and physicians have pursued research careers in liver biology, disease and treatment as a result of receiving these grants early in their careers. The American Liver Foundation is proud to support these research efforts and is hopeful that they will bring us closer to finding cures for liver disease.

The American Liver Foundation is thrilled to announce that our Research Awards Program resumed in 2023. Review each award’s page for more information and instructions on how to apply. 

Distinguished Scientific Achievement Award

The Distinguished Scientific Achievement Award (DSAA) is a prestigious award honoring a scientist who has made major contributions to liver research.

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Disease-Specific Pilot Research Awards

2024 Pilot Research Awards provide funding for highly innovative projects that address novel and important questions related to Autoimmune Liver Diseases (PBC, PSC, AIH) or Biliary Atresia.

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Liver Scholar Award

The Liver Scholar Award provides junior faculty with funding for their research and supports the development of early career scientists in liver biology and disease.

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Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Award

The Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Award provides a supplementary stipend to support the development of promising research trainees and their transition to a career in independent research.

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Travel Awards

ALF Travel Awards support early career investigators attending scientific conferences on liver research.

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Subscribe to the ALF Research Awards Mail List to receive email updates about ALF Research Awards. These alerts will only contain information related to ALF Research Awards (e.g., new RFPs, etc.) and you can unsubscribe at any time.

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For any questions about the ALF Research Program, contact us.

Meet our Awardees

Distinguished Scientific Achievement Award Recipients

2023 ALF Research Award Program Recipients

Liver Scholar Award

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Award

Past ALF Research Award Program Recipients

2019 Recipients

2018 Recipients

2017 Recipients

2016 Recipients

Last updated on April 19th, 2024 at 12:33 pm

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