Translational Science 2019 Awards Program

Acknowledge the outstanding contributions of the investigators and educators you work with by submitting a nomination for one of our Translational Science 2019 Awards! Click on the buttons below to learn more, and take note of the following deadlines:

  • November 12, 2018: CR Forum Top 10 Awards
  • November 28, 2018: ACTS Distinguished Investigator Awards, ACTS Distinguished Educator Award, Team Science Award
  • January 7, 2019: AFMR Outstanding Investigator Award, AFMR Junior Physician Investigator Award
  • February 1, 2019: PhRMA Foundation TMT Awards

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ACTS Distinguished Investigator Awards

Three awards will be given at Translational Science 2019 that recognize senior investigators (above the age of 45) whose innovative research or education leadership has had a major impact on or through clinical and translational science. The recipients of these awards will each be awarded $1,000 and compensation for travel expenses.

The three Distinguished Investigator Awards include:

  • The Edward H. Ahrens, Jr. Award for Outstanding Achievement in Patient-Oriented Research: Recognizes achievement in bench-to-bedside translational research. Emphasis is on transformational scientific achievement.
  • Translation from Proof-of-Concept to Widespread Clinical Practice: Recognizes achievement in the realm of implementation and dissemination of translational solutions to illness and clinical problems.
  • Translation into Public Benefit and Policy: Recognizes achievement in applying translational research findings into effective public policies that promote health or “implementation and dissemination of translational solutions.

Selection Criteria

  • Nominations are invited of senior investigators who have had national impact by virtue of contributions to clinical and translational science in each of the above designated categories.

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ACTS Distinguished Educator Award

This award will be presented during Translational Science 2019 a clinical and/or translational investigator who has distinguished him or herself as an educator, mentor and leader, resulting in significant scientific accomplishments by the next generation of clinical and translational researchers. This award recognizes global innovation and impact in education for the health sciences. Students and trainees are also invited to submit nominations. The recipient of this award will be awarded $1,000 and compensation for travel expenses.

Selection Criteria

Nominees should meet or exceed the following criteria:

  • Distinguished career as a clinical investigator
  • Widely recognized innovation and impact in health sciences education in the context of a clinical research training program
  • Outstanding success as a mentor
  • Documented national leadership in clinical research education programs, issues and funding

Please note that ACTS board members are ineligible for this award.

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Team Science Award

This award has been established by ACTS to acknowledge and catalyze the growing importance of interdisciplinary teams to the translation of research discoveries into clinical applications and eventually widespread clinical practice. Proactive interaction between academic and industry researchers is particularly crucial to continue progress and accelerate drug development.

The team selected to receive the 2019 Team Science Award will collectively be recognized during Translational Science 2019. The representative from the team will be cited at the meeting for their leadership role in fostering team science.

Selection Criteria

For the purpose of this award, a team is comprised of independent faculty-level researchers providing complementary interdisciplinary expertise, each of whom have made separate substantive and quantifiable contributions to the research being recognized. Team members may be working within the same institution or at several institutions. If researchers are in the same institution, they must have clearly separate funding and research spaces. Teams comprising academic and industry researchers, as well as community partnerships and advocacy communities, will be accepted.

The research the team does should be high impact and transdisciplinary. To read a detailed example of a Team Science Award nomination, click here.

Additional Requirements for Team Science Award

  • The name and contact information for one main point of contact who currently serves on the team being nominated must be included.
  • A list of all members of the team, their professional titles and affiliations, with a description of each member's substantive and quantifiable contribution to the team, must be included.
  • The primary concentration of research area must be indicated.
  • A narrative describing in-depth the research accomplishment or accomplishments for which the team is being nominated, as well as the significance and impact of the research, must be included.
  • A descriptive list of institutional support of the team, such as pilot funding, technology transfer offices, shared resources, etc., must be included.

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CR Forum Top Ten Awards

The Top 10 Clinical Research Achievement Awards recognize outstanding achievements in clinical research from across the nation. The awards honor major advances in the biomedical field resulting from the nation’s investment in health and welfare.

Research studies eligible for nomination must be focused on human disease and/or human physiology. Projects must have been conducted at a U.S. institution and published in a peer-reviewed journal between November 1, 2017 and January 1, 2019.

The nominations deadline is Monday, November 12, 2018. For eligibility and submission instructions, visit the CR Forum website.

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AFMR Outstanding Investigator Award

An Outstanding Investigator Award is presented annually to an AFMR member in recognition of excellence in biomedical research. Applicants must be a member of the AFMR and preferably forty-five years of age or less. Nominations should be made by two individuals who are thoroughly familiar with the work of the candidate. One of these individuals should be associated with an institution at which some of the work was performed and the other co-nominator from a different institution. The recipient will receive a Certificate of Excellence and a $2500 honorarium at the meeting.

Selection Criteria

Nominees should meet or exceed the following criteria:

  • Investigative work has provided innovative insight and had significant impact on a major scientific or clinical problem
  • Demonstrated intellectual and scientific independence
  • AFMR National Officers and Councilors shall be excluded from consideration for the award during their tenure on the National Council and for three years thereafter.

Visit AFMR's website to learn more, and to apply.

AFMR Junior Physician-Investigator Award

These awards were created to honor young AFMR investigators whose research projects complement an overall program of research, teaching and clinical medicine. Candidates must have submitted an abstract to Translational Science or to one of the AFMR Regional Meetings: the Western Medical Research Conference in Carmel, the Southern Regional Meeting in New Orleans, the Eastern Regional Meeting, in Philadelphia, and/or the Midwest Clinical & Translational Research Meeting,> in Chicago. Eligible applications will be judged on both the quality of the abstract submitted and their career accomplishments. Applicants must submit a letter of support from their mentor, division chief, or department chair as part of their application. The recipient will receive a Certificate of Excellence and a $1250 honorarium at the meeting.

Selection Criteria

Candidates must be a physician who has held a full-time medical school faculty appointment for five years or less. To qualify for the Junior Physician Investigator Award, applicants must be AFMR members in good standing.

Visit AFMR's website to learn more, and to apply.

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PhRMA Foundation Translational Medicine & Therapeutics Awards

The PhRMA Foundation is currently accepting applications for Translational Medicine & Therapeutics fellowships and grants. Up to five (5) awards will be presented at Translational Science 2018. Award categories include:

  • Pre-Doctoral Fellowships ($25K - $50K)
  • Sabbatical Fellowships ($40K)
  • Research Starter Grants ($50K - $100K)
  • Post-Doctoral Fellowships ($80K - $120K)

Visit the PhRMA Foundation website to learn more, and to apply today! All submissions are due by Friday, February 1, 2019.

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Nomination Materials and Submission Instructions

  • Any member of the award organization is eligible to submit a nomination. Self-nominations are welcome.
  • Nominators should submit the nominee's name, institution, and a summary of the nominee's key contributions based on the above criteria, not to exceed three (3) pages.
  • Letters of support from up to three (3) additional individuals familiar with the nominee's contributions may also be submitted (2 pages max).
  • Nominations for the AFMR Outstanding Investigator AwardAFMR Junior Physician Investigator Award, and the PhRMA Foundation Translational Medicine & Therapeutics Awards should be submitted via their respective organization websites.
  • Nominations for the Distinguished Investigator, Distinguished Educator, and Team Science awards have closed.