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Safety Pharmacology Society Junior Investigator/Student Travel Awards
Online Abstract Submission Deadline: June 15, 2014
Application Materials Deadline: July 1, 2014
Purpose of the Program
To encourage and support representation at the SPS annual meeting of student and junior investigators (e.g., technicians, postdoctoral fellows and early career lab heads) engaged in safety pharmacology.
Junior Investigator Travel Award: Eligible candidates include students (undergraduate or graduate), technical staff, and junior scientists, post-doctoral fellows (< 5 years), and early career lab heads. The candidate should have less than 10 years experience in the field of safety pharmacology. Candidates may come from within academia, contract research organizations, pharmaceutical or biotechnology industry, government or engaged in preclinical research in safety pharmacology.
Exclusion criteria include previous Junior Travel Award winners, professors (undergraduate or graduate programs) and management personnel (e.g. laboratory head, principal investigator, or supervisor/mentor).
Student Travel Award: Eligible candidates include high school, undergraduate or graduate students. Exclusion criteria include previous Student Travel Award winners.
If for some reason the winner is unable to accept the award, they shall contact the Executive Director by August 15.
Each award shall consist of:
Up to $1,500 reimbursement of reasonable travel expenses (receipts are required)
Complimentary registration for the Annual Meeting
Complimentary SPS membership for one year.
Winners are required to present a poster for the SPS meeting, attend the poster presentation and the Award announcement for ceremony.
Note: the poster may also be entered in the Poster Contest.
The awardees will be notified two weeks from the application deadline and the abstract will be published on the SPS Annual Meeting website. The Award is made to the individual and is not transferable (i.e., if the awardees cannot attend and sends the poster with a colleague, the colleague cannot claim the travel award).
Submit abstract online by June 15.
Application form and a summary paper describing the research (approximately 500 words) sent as an email attachment. Note: Summary may be in abstract form, but needs to include: Introduction, Objective, Brief description of Resumé or curriculum vitae (CV) sent as an email attachment with item #1.
One letter from a Faculty member/Supervisor/Principal Investigator. Letters of recommendation/nomination should be signed and sent, mailed, electronically (e.g. PDF format sent as an email attachment) or Faxed to the society. The letter should discuss the potential of the applicant to contribute to the field of safety pharmacology and if there are more than one author on the abstract, the letter should also specify the contribution of the travel award applicant to the work, including what aspects of the work the applicant performed.
All material should be sent to SPS Headquarters:
Email: Krystle Correll firstname.lastname@example.org
Mailing Address: 1821 Michael Faraday Drive, Suite 300, Reston, VA 20190
Consideration of Nominees
Applications reviewed by the SPS Junior/Student Travel Award committee using the following criteria:
Novelty of the research and its impact on Safety Pharmacology
Study design including defining the hypothesis to be tested and use of appropriate controls
Presentation, analysis and interpretation of the data
Promise and potential of the applicant based on specific contribution to the work and the supervisor’s comments.
Criteria for Selection of Junior Investigator Travel Award Winners
Up to six (6) Junior Travel Awards will be granted annually with consideration given to select awardees from diverse geographies.
Criteria for Selection of Student Travel Award Winners
Up to two (2) Student Travel Awards will be granted annually with consideration given to select awardees from diverse geographies.
Distribution of Travel Awards
Receipts collected by awardees; submitted to SPS for reimbursement
Note: Lunch during meeting is provided by SPS
Awardee Responsibilities and Process at the Annual Meeting
Special poster location for winners, with special nametags, and designation on posters
Winners agree to be at posters during poster contest judging
Posters to remain up the entire meeting
Award recognition at the SPS Annual Business Meeting
SPS Junior Investigator/Student Travel Award Committee
The review of the abstracts, judging and selection of the winners will be made by the committee. The judging of the applicant materials will take place in July prior to the annual meeting. Any conflicts of interest will be identified prior to judging and judges with conflicts will recuse themselves from evaluating those applications. The full application (abstract, applicant’s CV, and letter of recommendation) will be reviewed by committee members and scores given for each review criterion (see above). The committee chairs will compile a list of scores from all reviewers and the final selection of winners will be discussed by the full committee. The committee will make recommendations to the Board for final approval.
The Committee may refuse to review any abstract they determine to be not aligned with the objective of program.
Call for Nominations: Safety Pharmacology Society Distinguished Service Award
The deadline for submissions is May 1, 2014.
This award is to honor an individual who has substantially contributed to the field of Safety Pharmacology.
For a nomination, the following criteria will be considered:
Specific research achievements
Champions of the field
Lifelong contribution to the field
Substantial specific contribution
Science of the field
Collaboration between industry and academia
The Distinguished Service Award (DSA) will be given every year, although there shall be no obligation or duty to make such award when, in the sole opinion of the committee, there is no qualified nominee.
Only Members may nominate although the nominee does not have to be a member. A member may not nominate more than one person per year.
Nominations must contain name of nominee, current position and address, and current email address with the completed application (see above). After the nominations are received, the DSA committee will consider the nominees and generate a short list of candidates. At this time the committee will solicit from the nominators of the individuals from the short list three letters of support, a current curriculum vitae, and supporting documentation that indicates the nominee’s achievements in safety pharmacology (critical in the review of each nominee). Electronic (Word or PDF) or Faxed copy of the nomination should be sent to SPS Headquarters.
Presentation of the Award will be given at the Annual Meeting of the Society. The recipient will be given a plaque, a cash award, and an invitation to deliver a presentation that may be published with the meeting proceedings. Travel expenses for the recipient to attend the meeting will be paid.
Call for Nominations: Cubist-ICAAC Award
ASM's premier award honoring outstanding accomplishment in antimicrobial research.
The nominee must be actively engaged in research involving development of new agents, investigation of antimicrobial action or resistance to antimicrobial agents, and/or the pharmacology, toxicology or clinical use of those agents. The nominee must not have served on the Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC) Program Committee within the past two years.
A cash prize of $10,000, a commemorative piece, and travel to ICAAC where the laureate will deliver the Cubist-ICAAC Award lecture.
Deadline: April 1.
Nominations will be considered without updating for three years. 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, emailed to email@example.com
ASM awards are granted at the discretion of award selection committees and may not be awarded every year.
Sponsor: Cubist Pharmaceuticals
Call for Entries: Epilepsy Therapy Project 2014 Shark Tank Competition
The Epilepsy Therapy Project, an initiative of the Epilepsy Foundation, is inviting entries that represent the most innovative new ideas in epilepsy treatment and care for its third annual Shark Tank Competition. The winner(s) of the 2014 Shark Tank Competition will receive international recognition and compete for awards totaling $200,000 to support the development and commercialization of an important new product, technology or therapeutic concept to help people with epilepsy.
The deadline for submitting a Letter of Intent (LOI) is Friday, March 14, 2014. The Shark Tank review committee will select as many as five finalists. All finalists will be invited to present their product concepts or candidates at the 2014 Epilepsy Pipeline Update Conference, scheduled from June 5-7. The winning entry will be selected by a panel of judges representing physicians and scientists, corporate executives, leading industry investors, people with epilepsy and their family members. The project deemed to be the most innovative will be announced at the conference, and the winner(s) can receive as much as $200,000 to accelerate the idea towards improving the quality of life of people with epilepsy. All finalists are eligible for a travel stipend to attend the conference and free conference registration.
Examples of novel concepts:
■ a drug or device treatent that stops a seizure (especially those already developed or approved for a different indication)
■ a system that helps patients manage their treatment or their epilepsy (less invasive, less costly anti-epileptic drug measurement, for example)
■ a device that prevents personal injury from a seizure
■ any other concept that could improve the lives of people with epilepsy potentially in the near future
LOI Applications due Friday, March 14, 2014
The proposal must include information about intellectual property, and a brief development outline with milestones for deliverables. Explain the potential impact on people with epilepsy in terms of the creativity/ingenuity of the concept, as well as significance of this concept as an advancement for people with epilepsy.
■ Applicants must demonstrate an ability to move the proposed plan to completion, showing how the prize can accelerate any step along the path to market.
■ Inventors who submitted ideas for the 2012 or 2013 Shark Tank Competition are encouraged to re-submit their ideas if substantial progress has been made.
■ Applicants may reside in any country. No specific background or experience is required.
Address questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
American Society of Pharmacognosy Varro E. Tyler Prize
The Varro E. Tyler Prize is to recognize an individual who has made outstanding scientific contributions to the broad field of dietary supplements, with special emphasis on botanicals. The contributions should be in an area of phytochemistry, pharmacognosy, or pharmacology. Notable contributions to botanical studies outside these primary areas of emphasis, including, for example, clinical investigations, may also be eligible for consideration.
The Varro E. Tyler Prize will consist of a suitably inscribed plaque, a monetary prize of $5000, and travel expenses to the meeting where the award will be made. Selection: To be made by a committee appointed by the President of the American Society of Pharmacognosy (ASP), consisting of a chair and at least two other members. Eligibility and Mechanism: The Varro E. Tyler Prize will be awarded either at the annual or an interim meeting of the ASP. Recipients must be present in person to receive it. Applications/nominations (one electronic copy) for the Varro E. Tyler Prize must be received by the chairman of the Prize Committee at least two months prior to the meeting at which the award is scheduled. No special form is required, but the application should include a letter outlining the candidate’s significant contributions to the field and a detailed curriculum vitae of the nominee, including a complete listing of publications. Reprints of 2-3 significant papers may be included. Other types of supporting documents that may be listed are books, unpublished speeches, patents, and the like. Up to two supporting letters may also be submitted on behalf of a candidate/nominee. Membership in the ASP is not a requirement for consideration, nor is eligibility restricted on the basis of nationality.
To nominate: One electronic copy of a completed nominations should be sent to the committee chair.
Submissions must reach the chair no later than September 15. Applications will not be returned. On request, the Committee will hold unsuccessful submissions for reconsideration in future years.
Note that the Varro E. Tyler Prize is administered separately.