1  Purpose
The purpose of the Young Investigator Awards (YIA) is to stimulate interest in research training by rewarding excellence amongst those involved in research training or in the early stages of their independent research activities.

The word “young” has an historic basis rather than a discriminatory one, since the age of the Investigator is irrelevant as opposed to the stage of their research training and experience. However, the term “YIA” will be retained because of the wide recognition and acceptance of this title within the Society.

2  Definitions

2.1  Awards
Awards will be made at GESA Australian Gastroenterology Week (AGW) in recognition of the most meritorious research contribution to the scientific program by a Young Investigator in Basic and Clinical Research.

2.2  Clinical Research
Clinical research is defined broadly as research predominantly involving human subjects.  It may involve clinical or physiological studies of patients or volunteers, studies based on diagnostic or therapeutic procedures, clinical epidemiology, population studies, observational studies, clinical practice, treatment trials or evaluation of medical technology.  There may be a component of laboratory studies, but applications for predominantly laboratory-based work should be directed to the Basic Research Category.

3  Nature of Awards
There will be two awards available, one each in Basic Research and Clinical Research. Each Award consists of a certificate, plaque and a cheque.

4  Eligibility
An Investigator will be eligible for the Awards if:

4.1  Their supervisor is a current financial member of GESA. It is expected that should the investigator be successful they will join GESA, and participate in activities.

4.2  The Investigator is not a previous recipient of this award.

4.3  Not more than three (3) years have elapsed between the completion of the Investigator's higher degree as determined by the letter of acceptance by the Board of Examiners; or Fellowship, as determined by a letter from the appropriate College.

4.4  The Investigator:

(a)  has had a major role in the planning and performance of the research work,

(b)  has been responsible for the preparation of the abstract and

(c)  will present the work at GESA AGW 2018.

4.5  Only one abstract is submitted for the award per applicant and the investigator must nominate the category as either Basic Science or Clinical Research. (Note: Investigators may be an author on more than one abstract, but only one abstract will be considered for the award.)

4.6  The research must be performed entirely within Australia.

4.7  At the time of submitting the abstract the data must not have been published, nor presented to any other Australian national meeting.

4.8  The research falls within the guidelines endorsed by the NHMRC regarding human and animal experiments.

5  Responsibility
The investigator is responsible for

5.1  Indicating in which category they wish the abstract to be assessed: clinical or basic science. (The Research Committee reserves the right to move the abstract from one category to the other if it considers the nominated category inappropriate.)

5.2  Ensuring that the abstract, payment, and application are submitted by the closing date as advertised on the website.

5.3  Nominating only one abstract for consideration for the YIA award.  If more than one abstract is nominated all abstracts will be deemed ineligible.

5.4  Providing information to confirm that the research work falls within the award guidelines and that it complies with NHMRC requirements regarding Human and Animal Experimentation.

5.5  Providing details of the supervisor who can confirm aspects of the investigators work.

6  Method of Selection
The following procedure will be observed in selecting the Young Investigators:

6.1  Nominated abstracts from eligible investigators, which have been selected for presentation by the Abstract Selection Committee, will be circulated to members of the Research Committee.

6.2  Abstracts will be graded according to originality, presentation, scientific method and validity, relevance and general interest.

6.3  Four finalists will be selected from each category.

7  Presentation

7.1  In liaison with the Scientific Program Committee, selected abstracts will be scheduled for presentation. Selected finalists for the Awards must attend GESA AGW 2018, be available for photographs and to attend the GESA AGW 2018 Dinner on Sunday evening, 9 September 2018.

7.2  While the structure of the presentation may vary depending on the nature of the work being discussed, it is expected that each presentation will include the usual components of a talk such as background, aims, methods, results and conclusions.  In addition, presenters should ensure that they provide;

(a)  A clear statement of the hypothesis being investigated.

(b)  A brief description of the statistical methods employed.

(c)  A statement that appropriate ethical clearances have been obtained.

7.3  Presenters should adhere to the prescribed time for their presentation.  Marks will be deducted for presentations going significantly over time.

7.4  Supervisors of award applicants must not ask questions of any finalist in the same category during presentations at GESA AGW 2018.

7.5  Members of the Research Committee attending the conference will observe and assess the presentation of selected abstracts.

7.6  If required, the Chairmen of the Research Committee may co-opt additional members from the Society membership to assist with assessment, having due respect for the area of expertise of the absent/available members of the Research Committee.

7.7  The final selection of the Young Investigators will be made at a meeting of the Research Committee as soon as possible after the last Young Investigator presentation at GESA AGW 2018 and will be based on:

a)   Quality of abstract

b)   Scientific merit

c)   Quality of presentation

d)   Ability to defend work

An appraisal of the maturity of the Young Investigator as a clinical or basic research scientist will be made.

7.8  The Research Committee may, on occasion, recommend that no Award be made because a contribution of sufficient merit has not been presented.

8  Presentation of Awards
All finalists will be presented with a certificate during AGW. The winner of each category will be announced at the GESA AGW 2018 Dinner.