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Recognition Young Investigator Awards


American Federation for Medical Research Foundation Awards

Focus: The AFMR presents two annual awards to honor outstanding young investigators in biomedical research.

Award specifics: The AFMR Outstanding Investigator Award is presented in recognition of excellence to a researcher 45 years old or younger. The award recipient will receive a prize of $5,000 and must be available to present his or her work at the Experimental Biology 2007 meeting. The foundation's Junior Physician Investigator Award honors medical school researchers whose projects “complement an overall program of research, teaching, and clinical medicine.” Candidates must submit abstracts to the Experimental Biology 2007 meeting, and have held their full-time faculty appointment for five years or less. Two winners will each receive $2,500 and a plaque.

How to apply: OIA nomination forms are available on the AFMR web site. Applicants for the JPI award must submit an application and a letter of support from their mentor, division chief, or department chair. 

Deadline: Applications are due January 19, 2007.

American Society of Nephrology/American Heart Association Young Investigator Award

Focus: The AHA and ASN co-present the Young Investigator Award annually to an individual with an outstanding record of achievement and creativity in basic or patient-oriented research related to the functions and diseases of the kidney.

Award specifics:: The award is limited to individuals who are less than 41 years old on the first day of the ASN meeting at which the award is presented or who have received an MD degree not more than 15 years before the calendar year of the ASN meeting. The award prize consists of a certificate of recognition, an unrestricted grant of $5,000 to the awardee's lab, and paid travel expenses to the meeting. The Young Investigator Award recipient will also be invited to give a presentation at the annual meeting's plenary session.

How to apply: Nominators should submit a letter of nomination and a copy of the candidate’s CV prior to the award submission deadline. The nomination letter, not to exceed two pages, should emphasize the significance of the candidate’s scientific accomplishments  and identify three or four of the nominee’s most important publications.

Deadline: Applications are due to the ASN by January 31, 2007.

Irving Sigal Young Investigator Award

Focus: Presented by the Protein Society and sponsored by Merck Research Laboratories, this award recognizes a significant contribution to the study of proteins by a scientist who is in the early stages of an independent career and, generally, not more than 40 years old at the time of the award.

Award specifics: The 2008 recipient will be recognized at the 22nd Annual Symposium of the Protein Society and invited to present a plenary lecture on the structure and function of protein science as it relates to his or her field of study.

How to apply: Anyone can nominate an individual by submitting one copy of the required materials via mail or e-mail. Application materials consist of nominee and nominator information, three letters of support, and copies of selected key articles.

Deadline: Nominations should be sent to the Protein Society's executive officer, Cindy Yablonski, by November 1, 2007.

Michael and Kate Bárány Award for Young Investigators

Focus: Established by the Biophysical Society in 1992 and renamed six years later for an endowment gift from Michael and Kate Bárány, the young investigators award is for an outstanding contribution to biophysics by a person who has not achieved the rank of full professor at the time of nomination.

Award specifics: Each year one winner is selected to receive a $2,000 award.

How to apply: Nomination forms may be downloaded from the society’s website. Applications should include a letter summarizing the nominee’s qualifi-cations for the award, two letters of support, and the nominee’s curriculum vitae.

Deadline: Nominations are due by April 1, 2007.

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