TRANSLATIONAL SCIENCE

Translational Science 2021 Awards

Nominations for Translational Science 2021 Awards are no longer being accepted. Award winners will be notified by February.

ACTS Distinguished Investigator Awards

Three awards will be given at Translational Science 2021 that recognize senior investigators (above the age of 45) whose innovative research or leadership has had a major impact on or through clinical and translational science. The recipients of these awards will each be awarded a $1,000 honorarium and free registration for the conference.

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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.

ACTS Outstanding Trainee Awards

Three awards will be given at Translational Science 2021 that recognizes outstanding accomplishments of trainees at the pre-doctoral, post-doctoral and early faculty (K) level. This award recognizes those whose translational research progress will have either immediate impact or potential to impact policy, care or public health in the short term. The recipients of these awards will each be awarded a $500 honorarium and free registration for the conference. It is required that the research be submitted as an abstract for presentation at the annual meeting.

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The three Outstanding Trainee Awards include:

  • The Predoctoral Scholar Award: Recognizes achievement in translational research at the pre-doctoral level. Emphasis is on transformational scientific potential.  Work is not expected to be independent, but nominations should emphasize the trainee’s input, innovative thinking and/or contributions to the work. Examples of outstanding achievement include receipt of substantial funding for their work, the potential for immediate or near-term impact on care, policy or practice, or first authorship in the publication describing the work.
  • The Post-Doctoral Award: Recognizes high productivity and impact of post-doctoral work. Team science is valued and high productivity should be interpreted in terms of quality and not only quantity. Nominations should emphasize the post-doc’s contributions to the work. Potential contributors to high productivity include high impact and/ or highly innovative publication, potential for changing care or health policy and significant funding for highly innovative work.
  • Early (Faculty) Career Development Award Recognizes high productivity and impact of early faculty research. Team science is valued and high productivity should be interpreted in terms of quality and not only quantity with an emphasis on the scholar’s contributions to the work. Potential contributors to high productivity include highly innovative and/or high impact publication, potential for changing care or health policy and significant funding as PI.

Selection Criteria

  • Each institution may nominate only one awardee in a calendar year.  The nominee may be in any one of the three categories (one nomination per institution). Institutions nominating more than one candidate force the committee to choose which, if any, applicant moves forward.
  • Nominations are invited of pre- and post-doc scholars and early career faculty (career development awardees) whose work has the potential to or is beginning to have national impact by virtue of contributions to clinical and translational science.

ACTS Distinguished Educator Award

This award will be presented during Translational Science 2021 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 a $1,000 honorarium and free registration for the conference.

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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.

ACTS Award for Contributing to the Diversity and Inclusiveness of the Translational Workforce

This award has been created to recognize individuals who, through their careers of mentoring, policy-making, or team building have contributed to a more inclusive and diverse workforce. Success may be evidenced by a track record of contributing to career development of their own mentees, or to the workforce of their organization. The recipient of this award will be awarded a $1,000 honorarium and free registration for the conference.

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Selection Criteria

Nominees should excel in one or more of the following criteria:

  • Widely recognized innovation and impact in attracting and retaining underrepresented groups in science through recruitment, institutional policies, or other strategies.
  • Outstanding success as a mentor of trainees from underrepresented groups.
  • Documented national leadership in attracting members of underrepresented groups to translational science.

ACTS Award for Addressing Health Equity Through Partnership and Innovation Award

This award has been established by ACTS to acknowledge the importance of and to further catalyze the growth of research focused on health equity, injustice, and issues of disparity in care supporting the translation of research discoveries into clinical applications to practice and eventually widespread impact on health. Proactive interaction between academic researchers and community partners is particularly crucial to continue progress and accelerate health impact.

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The research or teams selected to receive the 2021 Addressing Health Equity Through Partnership and Innovation Award will collectively be recognized during Translational Science 2021. The representative from the team will be cited at the meeting for their leadership role in fostering health equity and addressing issues resulting health disparities. The recipient of this award will be awarded a $1,000 honorarium and free registration for the conference.

Selection Criteria

For the purpose of this award, a team is comprised of independent faculty-level researchers and community-based, governmental or other partners 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 and can be working locally or across states/regions. Teams must comprise academic researchers as well as external partners which can include community partnerships, advocacy communities, or other similar groups.

The research the team does should be high impact and transdisciplinary.

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. This award is intended to recognize either the advancement of Translational Science through the formation of effective interdisciplinary teams, or the advancement of the science of Team Science itself.

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If a team is selected to receive the 2021 Team Science Award, that team will collectively be recognized during Translational Science 2021. If an individual who has advanced the science of Team Science is chosen, that person will likewise be recognized. If an individual wins the award, that individual will be awarded a $1,000 honorarium. If the award is to a team, that team will receive a $2,000 honorarium to be split as the team sees fit. Individual or team winners will receive complimentary registration for the conference.

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. Nominees whose contribution is in the science of Team Science will be judged on the degree to which their contributions have been disseminated, adopted, and contributed to more effective team building and team functionality.

The research the team does should be high impact and transdisciplinary.&

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.
  • An in-depth narrative describing 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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