Partnering in Research

A driving force behind the AST Research Network is fostering collaborative research opportunities within industry and academia that are critical to advancing the science and practice of transplantation.

The role of industry and private organizations in the promotion of the highest quality research has never been more vital. The scarcity of federal funding and the increased competition for institutional funds for transplantation and immunology research are a stark reminder of how quickly these fields could descend into stagnancy.

How You Can Partner with AST

We invite our partners in industry and other organizations interested in furthering the field of transplantation and immunology research to collaborate with the AST Research Network in supporting transplantation research and identifying and nurturing the next generation of brilliant investigators.

Career Development Grants

Our annual career development research grants are essential to recruiting and retaining bright young investigators into the field of transplantation and immunology.

As a partner, you can sponsor a fellow or junior faculty for one or two years in an investigator-initiated research project.

Directed Grants

Through directed grants, the Research Network helps its partners meet their scientific goals while increasing funding available for researchers. You select the scope of research and define applicant qualifications. The AST handles the applications, has expert reviewers who help determine the grant recipient, and can administer payments.

The flexibility of the process and access to the AST’s network of researchers and reviewers makes directed grants an attractive asset to many organizations.

Download the process for Directed Research Grants.

New and Innovative Ideas

If you have an idea for a direction in research that you would like to fund, please contact us at