American College of Neuropsychopharmacology Travel Awards for 2012
The American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP) annually selects distinguished young scientists in the field of neuropsychopharmacology to be a part of our Travel Award program. These awards offer an opportunity to attend an outstanding scientific program in clinical and basic research on brain-behavior-drug interactions; become aware of the most recent, and often unpublished, advances in psychopharmacology; and meet and interact with internationally distinguished researchers and scientists.
Specific benefits include:
An ACNP member mentor for the meeting
Registration for recipient and for accompanying other, $100 ground transportation, up to five nights lodging, and round trip coach air fare to attend the ACNP meeting in Hollywood, Florida December 2-6, 2012.
A daily stipend of $50 for meals and other annual meeting expenses incurred for up to six days
The opportunity to present a poster at the annual meeting without an ACNP member sponsor.
An automatic invitation to attend four future ACNP annual meetings with reduced registration fee, and the opportunity to present a poster at each meeting without the need of an ACNP member sponsor.
The opportunity to be selected to make a research presentation to the meeting attendees.
All applicants for an ACNP Travel Award complete one common application. However, there are several categories within the ACNP Travel Awards:
1. The ACNP Young Investigator Memorial Travel Awards: These awards were established to commemorate the life and work of deceased College members who made major contributions to the field of neuropsychopharmacology: Louis S. Lasagna (1923-2003), Marian Weinbaum Fischman (1939-2001), Arnold J. Friedhoff (1923-2001), Leo Hollister (1920-2000), Seymour Kety (1915-2000), Heinz E. Lehmann (1911-1999), Jerry Sepinwall (1940-1998), Menek Goldstein (1926-1997), Daniel X. Freedman (1921-1993), and Gerald L. Klerman (1928-1992).
2. The Travel Award for Minorities and Women: Through the Travel Award Program, the College encourages the development of young scientists from minority populations as well as women, so that the field of neuropsychopharmacology may see an increased number of researchers from women and underrepresented minority groups (including but not limited to African-American, Hispanic, Native American, and US Pacific Islander). These individuals might be graduate students, residents, fellows, new/young faculty members, Physicians and Ph.D. level scientists who are no more than five years beyond their last residency, fellowship, postdoctoral training or other comparable training experience.
3. The Early Career Travel Award: These awards are available for young scientists who have, through their research, teaching, or clinical activities, demonstrated professional and scientific interest in the field of neuropsychopharmacology and have received Early Career Development K or R Awards from the NIMH, NIAAA, NIDA and NINDS.
4. NEW FOR 2012! Pre-doctoral Trainees: This is a new category that will allow five individuals who are M.D., Ph.D., or both M.D. Ph.D. students to attend the meeting as a way to learn more about the field of neuropsychopharmacology and the opportunities that are available to them in the field.
Within aforementioned categories 1 through 3, there will be two tiers of applicants and scoring criteria, one for junior applicants defined as those individuals who are at a level which is less than an assistant professor, also including psychiatric residents. A senior level applicant would be defined as those individuals who are an assistant professor or an associate professor who do not have an RO1. You will indicate on your application which level best describes your current position.
Previous Travel Awardees are not eligible.
The completed application form, along with the documents listed below, must be uploaded, all in one PDF file by April 30, 2012 to the ACNP website. If you have questions, please email: email@example.com.
1. A curriculum vitae (Junior and Senior level applicants), including your publication record and a listing of research funding and teaching experience, if applicable: Include one line about your role in each peer reviewed original data paper listed and how you contributed to data collection and analysis.
2. A supporting letter (Junior and Senior level applicants) from your Director of Training, Departmental Chair, or Sponsor: This should include a concise and compelling description of why you, the candidate, should receive the award. Focus on your research accomplishments and how and why at this time in your development this award would advance your career. Indicate whether you, the candidate, is in the: top 1%, top 5%, top 10%, top 25%, or top 50% of all active research junior colleagues (M.D. or Ph.D.) the recommender has known.
3. A summary of the Early Career Development K or R Award, if applicable.
4. A one-page focused career statement (Junior and Senior level applicants): Describe your interest in a Travel Award including career goals and ambitions with an emphasis on your research goals, your most significant research accomplishments, and why you think this award would benefit you at this time in your career. Address the following: Can you convey in a concise statement what you are working on? What is your own work, separated out from the work of your mentor(s)? And how is your focus relevant to the mission of the College?
The deadline for submission for the awards this year is April 30th. Should you have questions, please contact Nicole Greer at the ACNP office: firstname.lastname@example.org.