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American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation New Investigator Awards
Submission Deadline: October 1, 2014
The ASBMT New Investigator Awards are designed to encourage clinical or laboratory research by young investigators in the field of blood and marrow transplantation. The award, $30,000 per year for two years, preferably is to be used to support the investigator’s salary for his or her research effort. Alternatively, the award may be used for direct support of research costs.
To be eligible for consideration for a New Investigator Award, an applicant must be a fellow-in-training or junior-level faculty (an instructor or assistant professor no more than three years past a post-doctoral program or a clinical research fellowship).
Applicants with other significant new investigator funding from peer-reviewed extramural sources may be less competitive than those without such funding. Institutional startup funds for junior faculty are not considered peer-reviewed or extramural.
Applicants are encouraged, but not required, to be an ASBMT member. An applicant must have a sponsor who is an ASBMT member. The sponsor serves as a mentor for the applicant’s research and career development.
Applicants are required to submit the New Investigator Awards application, a curriculum vitae that adheres to the NIH biographical sketch format, a list of Other Support that also adheres to the NIH format, a letter of recommendation from the sponsor/mentor (maximum two pages), and a description of the proposed research that must not exceed four pages.
Judging and Evaluation Criteria
The review committee is chaired by a member of the ASBMT Board of Directors, appointed by the ASBMT President with Board approval. The Chair then appoints review committee members ad hoc, after approval of the ASBMT President but based on the expertise required to review the topics covered by the applications.
New Investigator Award applications will be evaluated for (a) scientific merit within the field of blood and marrow transplantation, (b) significance and anticipated overall impact of the potential findings, (c) institutional environment, (d) the training record of the sponsor/mentor, and (e) the potential contribution of the proposed research to the field of blood and marrow transplantation. As these are “new” investigator awards, less emphasis is placed on preliminary data.
The number of award(s) that can be made varies from year to year, depending on available funding.
Unfortunately, due to the additional work that would be required of reviewers and the short time lines involved, applicants will not receive written critiques after review.
The award winner(s) will be notified around late November or early December, in time to make arrangements to attend the 2015 BMT Tandem Meetings, February 11-15, 2015, in San Diego, California. The award(s) will be publicly announced at this meeting. The award will be activated July 1, 2015.
The award will be $30,000 for the first year, renewable for an additional $30,000 for a second year, contingent upon a report of satisfactory progress.
Society for Laboratory Automation & Screening Innovation Award
SLAS Innovation Award Mission Statement
The SLAS Innovation Award is a $10,000 cash prize recognizing the work behind that one unique and special podium presentation at the SLAS Annual Conference that proves to be exceedingly innovative and contributes to the exploration of technologies in the laboratory, exceeds a benchmark or milestone in screening or the lead discovery process, or demonstrates an advanced and integrated use of mature technologies.
What are we looking for?
SLAS is searching for podium presentations from academia, government and industry broadly consisting of innovative advances such as:
• a fundamental study to develop new technology for the laboratory,
• a new application of technology to laboratory automation or screening, or
• a use of technology to solve a unique problem.
The award consists of a $10,000 check presentation to the winning presenting author (see rules and regulations: monetary disbursement). Subject to SLAS requirements and the approval of the SLAS Awards and Grants Advisory Committee, the winning presenting author also (1) becomes a member of the judging panel for the next year, and (2) is invited to participate on the Annual Conference Program Committee for the following year's SLAS Conference. Additionally, the winner is granted a complementary one-year membership to SLAS. The award winning work will be featured in an issue of JALA and/or JBS following the conference. From this point forward, the presenting author may also be referred to as the "candidate."
The Panel of Judges
The panel of judges is comprised of individuals approved by the SLAS Awards and Grants Advisory Committee and represents the various technologies and applications within the SLAS Conference curriculum.
The SLAS President only votes to break any ties when all scoring is final. Judges may not have or have had any formal association with the candidates - either direct or indirect. Judges must recuse themselves from evaluating any candidate wherein there exists a relationship such as family, business, financial or other, e.g. academic, student/professional association. Judges must sign a non-conflict of interest certification form ensuring no improper purposes. It is expected that any issues are declared by the judges. The Chair makes the final decision on any questionable issues.
Selecting the winner of the SLAS Innovation Award is based on a three-tiered evaluation system:
1. Selection of the SLAS Podium Presentations
In assembling the program, the Annual Conference Program Committee selects qualifying podium presentations from the abstracts received in response to the Call for Abstracts. To qualify for entry into the SLAS Innovation Award contest, an abstract must be received prior to the Call for Abstracts deadline of Monday, July 28, 2014 and the author must opt-in for consideration using the appropriate check box.
2. Preliminary Screening
Working from the conference's selected abstracts, the panel of judges scores all the abstracts thereby identifying the SLAS Innovation Award Finalists for evaluation at the SLAS Annual Conference. The panel of judges reviews only those podium presentations selected and slotted for the conference by the Annual Conference Program Committee. Short course instructors, poster presenters, and plenary speakers* are not eligible unless they have also been accepted into the SLAS2015 Scientific Program. All candidates must adhere to the SLAS Abstract Submission policies, timelines, rules and regulations1.
Here's how the preliminary screening works:
The Annual Conference Program Committee selects podium presentations for the SLAS Annual Conference. The judges (not including the SLAS President) are assigned to review and score the abstracts. (See "Scoring" below). The Chair assigns all abstracts for evaluation to the panel of judges. Each of the podium presentations will be scored by a minimum of two judges. Upon completion of the first scoring phase, the Judging Panel will convene by teleconference to select the Top 20 to 25 Candidate presentations. These Top Candidates will be offered the opportunity to submit an extended abstract for review by the panel. An extended abstract is strongly encouraged by the Judging Panel to allow better differentiation of the leading candidates. Failure to submit information in time for the next selection phase will jeopardize the author's chances for inclusion in the finalists.
Upon completion of this second phase the SLAS Innovation Award Panel of Judges will announce the Innovation Award Finalists to compete for the award at the SLAS Annual Conference.
Request for Additional Information:
As part of the preliminary screening process, and in coordination with Chair and panel, a candidate author may be contacted to answer further questions.
3. Judging of Presentations at the SLAS Annual Conference
The judging panel will attend and evaluate each of the candidate's presentations and will collectively select the winner of the SLAS Innovation Award. In scoring the presentations the judges will consider the following:
1. Impact on Laboratory Automation and Screening
Will this work make a noticeable contribution to the field of Laboratory Automation and Screening? Will it substantially reduce the cost, change the workflow, or improve the quality of laboratory processes? Is the method robust enough to allow routine implementation? Will it have widespread adoption over the next 10 years? Did the presenter explain why he/she was doing the research and who will benefit from this research/technology? Would this advancement only benefit a small group of people, or could it have far reaching/global impact and change laboratory automation as we know it?
How novel is the approach or solution? Is this work a creative solution to a new problem or a new twist on an old theme? Can this approach be applied to a range of problems or is it limited to one particular case? Is this "me too" science applied to a slightly different problem?
3. Quality of the Science
Was the experiment performed properly? Can improvements be made either with the science or the technology? Do the data reflect reaching a fundamental limit? What is the confidence that the result is correct? Are the results repeatable and were the results repeated? Are there better methods to solve the same problem? Did the presenter appropriately report any limitations of the methods? If this work is early in development, are there any major hurdles to overcome prior to widespread success? Does the presenter understand the uncertainty of the measurements/methods?
4. Oral Presentation
Was the oral presentation in alignment with the written abstract? Did the presenter explain the key concept(s) well enough so that a well-educated listener could follow his/her main train of thought? Was the presenter able to keep the audience's attention throughout the presentation? Was the presentation well organized with respect to its look-and-feel (e.g., large enough fonts, suitable colors, readable graphics, etc.)? Was the presentation's content organized in a logical manner? Did the presenter answer questions from the audience in a satisfactory manner? Did the presenter provide the correct amount of background material so that the general SLAS audience can understand the subject? Did the audience seem excited by the presentation?
Each candidate presentation will be judged on a scale of 1 to 5 (with 5 being the best possible score; integers only). There is a maximum of 20 points possible. The scores of all judges will be consolidated for the final decision.
Rules & Regulations
SLAS Innovation Award Timeline Cycle:
1. The SLAS Innovation Award panel is appointed by and serves at the discretion of the SLAS Awards and Grants Advisory Committee and the SLAS Board of Directors. The SLAS Innovation Award panel of judges will commence activities following the annual timeline below:
◦ September — Review of podium abstracts accepted into the SLAS Annual Conference Scientific Program and selection of the Top 20 to 25 SLAS Innovation Award Candidates
◦ November — SLAS announces the SLAS Innovation Award Finalists (up to 10)
◦ SLAS Annual Conference — Top Finalists' presentations are judged and the selection of the Innovation Award winner is completed
◦ February — Media announcements, JALA and JBS follow-up
◦ April — Manuscripts due to JALA and JBS for publication
2. Candidates are encouraged to be members of SLAS to participate in the contest and/or win the SLAS Innovation Award; however, membership is not required.
3. Once selected, each of the Top 20 to 25 Candidates will have the opportunity to submit an extended abstract in October - exact dates to be determined. The extended abstract will be comprised of no more than two pages, including 2-3 figures of supporting documentation. Upon review of these extended abstracts, the panel will narrow the field to the Innovation Award Finalists, who will compete for the 2015 Innovation Award at the SLAS2015 4th Annual Conference and Exhibition in Washington, DC.
4. In addition, all finalists are asked to submit a previously unpublished scientific manuscript (original research or a related review paper) for peer reviewed publication in JALA or JBS by Monday, April 6. These requirements will be outlined in the Letter of Intent allowing SLAS to use the abstracts for press releases and other media announcements.
5. The panel of judges reviews only those podium presentations selected and slotted for the conference by the Annual Conference Program Committee (not short courses, posters, or plenary presentations). All candidates must adhere to the SLAS Abstract Submission policies, timelines, rules and regulations1.
6. The following list of individuals is not eligible to participate in the SLAS Innovation Award program: SLAS Board of Directors, SLAS Awards and Grants Advisory Committee, officers, the Annual Conference Program Committee*, contractors, employees, members of the Judging Panel, family members, and/or those considered to be "insiders." Candidates affiliated with anyone on the Judging Panel are permitted to participate, but the Judge must recuse him or herself from evaluating that particular candidate.
* The Annual Conference Program Committee comprises of a Chairman, Associate Chairman, Track Chairs and Associate Track Chairs. Session Chairs are not members of the Annual Conference Program Committee, and therefore are eligible to participate.
7. Monetary disbursement — the $10,000 cash prize will be awarded on the final day of the SLAS conference and exhibition during the final plenary session. The following rules apply:
◦ The candidate presentation author, a co-author, or a representative must be present to accept the award at the final plenary session. In the event that a representative is not present, the Innovation Award will be forfeited.
◦ The $10,000 cash prize is awarded solely to the winning presenting author.
◦ Once selected, the Innovation Award Finalists must sign the SLAS Letter of Intent recognizing sole responsibility for the cash award and releasing SLAS of liability, taxes, candidate employer policies, and any other obligations.
◦ In recognition of the varying employer policies governing employee acceptance of monetary prizes, those employer policies will be recognized and honored by SLAS to the extent they are not inconsistent with and do not conflict with SLAS policy and/or GAAP. However, SLAS will not be responsible or liable for said policies. Winners have the option to decline the monetary award.
◦ The monetary award is not to be considered an obligation of SLAS.
Discrimination based on race, religion, gender, age, national origin, ethnicity, veterans status, or disability in regard to the SLAS Innovation Award is prohibited. Each candidate shall be evaluated based on the award's criteria which are tied to SLAS's exempt purpose of advancing the science and education of technologies in the laboratory.
1Abstract Submission Policy
SLAS invites academicians, scientists, and post doctoral and graduate students to submit abstracts for scientific talks and poster presentations for this international educational forum by Monday, July 28, 2014. Presentations will be hand-picked by the Annual Conference Program Committee. Details regarding abstract submission can be found here.
In order to ensure that your abstract receives proper consideration for this award, please be sure to include information on methods, results and conclusions in your submitted abstract.
1. Rules, regulations and guidelines are subject to change at the discretion of the SLAS Board of Directors in accordance with bylaws, polices, and procedures.
* Plenary speakers are not eligible to submit their plenary talk for consideration for the Innovation Award. However, those individuals giving a plenary talk may also choose to submit an abstract to be considered for the SLAS2014 Scientific Program and to be considered for the Innovation Award upon acceptance into the program.
Society for Laboratory Automation & Screening Tony B. Academic Travel Award
The Tony B. Academic Travel Award honors Tony Beugelsdijk, Los Alamos National Laboratory, an Association for Laboratory Automation (ALA) co-founder who passed away in August, 2009. Tony played a very inspirational and instrumental role in laboratory robotics and made significant contributions to ALA, the former LabAutomation conference and exhibition, and the scientific community as a whole. We are honored to remember him through a program that recognizes up-and-coming researchers who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in laboratory science and technology.
Tony B. Academic Travel Award for Students, Post-Doctoral Fellows and Junior Faculty
Students, graduate students, post-doctoral associates, and junior faculty (less than four years in first academic appointment) may apply for this prestigious travel award. The applicant must be the primary author of a submitted abstract and must present their research in either a poster or oral (podium) session at the conference.
Award applications are reviewed by members of the selection panel and are based on a number of factors, including but not limited to:
• Quality of the abstract
• Relevance of the research to the SLAS2014 conference
• Statement of value of the conference
• Qualifications of the applicant
Multiple applicants from a single research group are allowed to apply for the award. However, such applicants should understand that award application reviewers may prioritize the applications such that only one individual per investigator's research group will receive an award, based on funding availability and the criteria stated above.
Application Deadline (Podium & Poster Consideration): Monday, July 28, 2014
Application Deadline (Poster Consideration Only): Monday, September 22, 2014
Awardee Notifications Begin: Week of October 13, 2014 (approximately)
Important Deadline Note:
If you want your submission considered for a podium presentation, your application must be received by Monday, July 28, 2014. After this date, all abstracts will be considered for poster presentations only.
Tony B. Academic Travel Award Details of Covered Expenses:
• Airfare: Coach or Super saver. Travel arrangements made through any booking agent other than an SLAS agent will be refunded at actual cost or at "fair market rate" as provided by SLAS agent, whichever is lower. Maximum funding for airfare limits are set by SLAS and communicated during the confirmation process. These funding limites are subject to change by SLAS.
• Personal Auto: Mileage will be reimbursed (only in lieu of airfare) at the 2014 IRS standard as published by the United States Government. Rental cars and/or parking are not reimbursed under any circumstances.
• Conference Registration & Short Courses: Full conference registration as well as registration for a one-day short course (space limited for short courses) is included. Any costs associated with required text books or computers will be the responsibility of the individual. If an awardee chooses a two-day course, the additional day will be the responsibility of the individual, at the applicable rate communicated by the SLAS Professional Team.
Complimentary registration will not be offered for hands-on or computer courses.
• Accommodations: Accommodations will be provided by the SLAS housing office on a shared basis for a maximum of 4 nights (2 people per room) at an official SLAS hotel. If award recipient does not wish to share a room, then half of hotel cost will be reimbursed (2 nights).
Travel awards do not include a per-diem for food, rental car reimbursement, ground transportation, parking, taxi service or other incidental expenses. Most meals are included with conference registration.
Award Application Process:
To submit for consideration for this award you must submit an abstract via the SLAS2015 Call for Abstracts http://www.slas2015.org/presenters/abstract_submission.cfm
During the abstract submission process, you will be given the option to opt in to participate in the award. You will be required to provide:
• Abstract Submission including title, presenter and author information.
• Contact information and letter of support from a faculty mentor or department chairperson.
◦ You will be required to upload your letter of support during the abstract submission process. (doc, docx, pdf)
• Brief statement of perceived value for attending SLAS2015.
◦ Maximum 50 words
Please contact Mary Geismann, SLAS Manager of Member Services at email@example.com.
International Council for Laboratory Animal Science-Americas Regional Committee 2014 Travel Fellowship Awards
AALAS meeting – October 19-23, San Antonio, Texas
Deadline for Applications: April 30, 2014
The Americas Regional Committee (ARC) of the International Council for Laboratory Animal Science (ICLAS) announces three Travel Fellowship Awards sponsored by PMI Nutrition International, LLC-LabDiet®, Charles River’s Commitment to Humane Animal Research Through Excellence and Responsibility (CHARTER) Program, and Lab Products, Inc. One award is available to an individual from a member country of the Central American, Caribbean and Mexican Laboratory Animal Science Association (ACCMAL). These are Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Trinidad and Tobago, El Salvador and Honduras. One award is available to an individual from member countries of the Federation of South American Societies and Associations of Laboratory Animal Science Specialists (FESSACAL). These are Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Uruguay, and Venezuela. One award will go to the best remaining candidate from all applicants, regardless of his or her country. Each award will sponsor an individual to travel to and participate in the national meeting of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) to be held on October 19-23, 2014, in San Antonio, Texas, USA.
The AALAS meeting is the largest laboratory animal science meeting in the world. It includes seminars, workshops, special topic lectures, platform sessions, and poster sessions on laboratory animal diseases, biology, experimental techniques, and animal models. The learning resources / technology center includes a variety of videos and computer based programs. Each year there is an extensive commercial exhibit which contains the latest in equipment and ancillary items for the care and use of laboratory animals.
The recipient should be a biomedical scientist, facility manager or veterinarian involved with experimental animals who is a member of his or her local or regional laboratory animal science organization. The individual should be a person with the potential to make significant contributions to the teaching, research, or organizational aspects of laboratory animal science in his or her country. Preference is given to individuals who otherwise would not have funding for international travel to a scientific meeting of this kind.
Each award consists of a monetary award (up to a maximum of $2,000) to be used for costs of air travel, housing, and meeting registration associated with the annual AALAS meeting. In addition, a $500 honorarium will be provided for each recipient to cover costs of meals, local travel, incidentals and any other expenses. The awards will be presented at the 2014 AALAS meeting in San Antonio, Texas, USA.
Nominations or applications should be written in English and consist of:
A cover letter, which should include the candidate’s career goals and a statement with detailed information on the reasons why the candidate is interested in attending the AALAS Annual Meeting. This statement should indicate what he/she is hoping to gain, how he/she would use the knowledge and experience to be acquired, how and with whom that knowledge would be shared, and what benefits will be derived.
A curriculum vitae, maximum of 5 pages in length, with emphasis on laboratory animal science training and experience.
Proof of proficiency in the English language.
A letter of recommendation from the employer.
At least one letter of recommendation from an individual familiar with the qualifications and professional interests and activities of the candidate.
A letter from the applicant’s local or regional association assuring their current membership.
Complete nominations or applications should be submitted by mail or E-mail to:
Dr. Cynthia Pekow
Veterans Affairs Puget Sound Health Care System, (151)
1660 South Columbian Way, Seattle, Washington, USA 98108
Deadline for submission of applications is April 30, 2014. The decision of the committee will be communicated before May 30, 2014.
Call for Nominations: Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics Young Investigator Award
Honors outstanding laboratory research in clinical microbiology or antimicrobial agents and is intended to further the career development of a young clinical scientist and promote awareness of clinical microbiology as a career.
The nominee should be conducting outstanding research in clinical microbiology, automation in clinical laboratories, development of novel antimicrobial agents, mechanisms of action of antimicrobial agents or mechanisms of resistance to antimicrobial agents. The nominee must be no more than five years beyond completion of postdoctoral research training in microbiology, infectious diseases or related disciplines at the time of the nomination deadline.
A cash prize of $2,500, commemorative piece, and travel to the ASM General Meeting.
Deadline: July 1.
Nominations will be considered for three years as long as the nominee continues to meet the eligibility criteria and an updated curriculum vitae is submitted annually. Self-nominations and more than one nomination per nominee will not be accepted. Only one nominating form and two supporting forms are accepted per nomination. The two supporters must be persons other than the nominator who are familiar with the nominee's qualifications and accomplishments. Only one of the three individuals involved in the nomination may be employed at the nominee's institution. The nominator and supporters must not share employers.
Nominations must consist of the following:
Curriculum vitae, including a list of publications, abstracts, and manuscripts in preparation, emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
ASM awards are granted at the discretion of award selection committees and may not be awarded every year.
Request for Nominations: Award for Distinguished Research in the Biomedical Sciences
This award was established in 1947 and recognizes outstanding clinical or laboratory research by a medical school faculty member related to health and disease that has contributed to the substance of medicine. The nomination deadline is May 2, 2014.
The Award for Distinguished Research in the Biomedical Sciences honors outstanding biomedical research related to health and disease. The research recognized should have contributed to the substance of medicine. The AAMC has awarded a prize in this arena, in partnership with various sponsors, since 1947.
Nominations may be made by anyone on the faculty or staff of a medical school or teaching hospital or by a member of an academic society. The nominee must be an individual who serves on the faculty of an AAMC member medical school or teaching hospital.
The nomination packet must include:
A statement of evidence in justification of the nomination
The candidate's curriculum vitae and bibliography
Two letters of support
Copies of no more than five (5) key publications by the nominee
Presentation of the Award and a prize of $5,000 will be made at the AAMC annual meeting.
Please send your completed nomination package to Sandra Gordon at email@example.com.
Please address all questions to:
Association of American Medical Colleges
2450 N Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20037-1127
Broad Medical Research Program Inflammatory Bowel Disease Grants
Recognizing that some of the most promising research in this area of medicine is at the very early stages of development, the Broad Medical Research Program funds studies and investigation of new ideas in their initial exploratory stage that do not yet qualify for funding from more traditional sources like the National Institutes of Health. By supporting innovative and promising ideas, we hope to advance the research so it is likely to receive continuation funding from other sources. The Broad Medical Research Program awards one- and two-year grants for basic or clinical IBD research projects to qualified investigators from around the world who work in a nonprofit academic organization. Grant applications submitted to the Broad Medical Research Program are not reviewed by a committee. Instead, leading investigators in each research area review proposals and provide suggestions for improvement. Over 1,900 reviewers from 41 countries have participated in the review process. Proposals are selected for funding based on their scientific strength, innovation and relevance to IBD diagnosis, therapy or prevention. To expedite the research, we accept applications year-round and fund approved applications in about three months.Because we believe that great ideas could come from non-traditional sources, we encourage basic and clinical investigators and scientists not currently working in IBD and interdisciplinary teams to apply.Application ProcessThere is a two-step process for requesting funds from the Broad Medical Research Program:1. The first step is to submit a Letter of Interest. Decisions on Letters of Interest are based on external expert review of the proposal and usually are made within four to six weeks. Instructions for Letters of Interest can be found at www.broadmedical.org.2. If we are interested in pursuing a project, an invitation is extended to submit a full grant application. At that time, the grant application instructions and forms are sent to the Principal Investigator. Decisions on grant applications are made based on external review by subject experts and usually take eight to 10 weeks.There are no deadlines or specific dates for applications. Proposals are accepted and reviewed year-round.Proposal Review• Most Letters of Interest and all grant applications will be evaluated by active investigators in the specific research area.• Reviewers are located throughout the world and are chosen carefully not to have conflicts of interest with the applicants.• Grant proposals will be selected for funding based on their scientific strength, innovative value and relevance to IBD diagnosis, therapy or prevention.• Decisions on Letters of Interest will usually be made within 4-6 weeks.• Decisions on grant applications will usually be made within 8-10 weeks.Funding Guidelines• Preference is given to proposals with strong potential of clinical benefit to IBD patients in the foreseeable future.• Funding can be requested for up to two years.• Funding of a second year will be based on an evaluation of the progress and the perceived value of the findings from the first year of funding.
Letter of Interest Submission 1. Direct Letters of Interest to: Daniel Hollander, M.D. Director Broad Medical Research Program The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, Scientific | Medical Research 10900 Wilshire Boulevard, Twelfth Floor Los Angeles, California 90024-6532 U.S.A. 2. If possible, please send your Letter of Interest and all attachments electronically to: firstname.lastname@example.org. If you send it electronically, please do not send a printed copy. 3. Receipt of your Letter of Interest will be acknowledged by e-mail within a few days. If you do not hear from us in a timely manner, please contact us at email@example.com to make sure that your letter has been received. 4. You may include suggestions for potential reviewers and also indicate individuals with potential conflicts of interest. Unless required by your institution, Letters of Interest may be submitted directly to the BMRP by the Principal Investigator and do not require institutional approval or signature. 5. Letters of Interest are accepted and reviewed throughout the year; there are no deadlines.