ACNP Honorific Awards

The 2020 Honorific Award winners will be presented at the 59th Annual Meeting, December 6-9, 2020, in Phoenix, Arizona.  

The College is now accepting nominations for the ACNP Honorific Awards.  The deadline to submit a nomination is June 29, 2020.

Please click here to begin nomination.

ACNP Honorific Awards Submission Guide

Should you have questions or need assistance, please contact ACNP, acnp@acnp.org

Award Information

  • Julius Axelrod Mentorship Award

    The American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP) presents the Julius Axelrod Mentorship Award to an ACNP member who has made an outstanding contribution to neuropsychopharmacology by mentoring and developing young scientists into leaders in the field. The Award consists of a monetary award and a plaque to be given during the Annual Meeting. The award winner must attend the Annual Meeting.  Nomination of women and minorities is highly encouraged.

    Any scientist may nominate an ACNP member for this award by submitting the following to the Awards Committee:

    1. The one-page nominating letter should address the following points:
      • How long have you known the candidate and in what capacity?
      • Avoiding redundancy with list of mentees (see below), describe the scope of candidate’s mentoring activity, e.g. type of mentees, type of setting for mentoring.
      • What sets this candidate apart as a mentor?
      • Comment on impact of candidate’s mentoring activity on their field.
      • Rank candidate compared to other mentors you have known at similar career stage (top 1, 5, 10%, etc.)
    2. NIH style bio sketch, with personal statement written to summarize most significant mentoring contributions
    3. Required Metrics:
      • List of mentees that received F or K awards
      • Candidate’s contribution to Training Grants
      • Broader initiatives related to mentorship, training, other career advancement mechanisms
      • Other mentoring activities not captured by the above questions
    4. Full list of scientists who have been mentored by the candidate; for each provide dates of mentorship, their current job titles, and one sentence summarizing their contributions to their field. Use asterisks to highlight most significant mentees.
    5. Letters of support (one-page) from three scientists who have been mentored by the candidate.

     

    *Previous winners of the Dolores Shockley Minority Mentoring Award are not eligible.

    Please click here to begin nomination.

    Click here to view previous Julius Axelrod Mentorship award winners.

    Click here to view previous Dolores Shockley Minority Mentoring award winners.

  • Daniel H. Efron Research Award

    The American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP) presents the Efron Award to an individual on the basis of outstanding basic research contributions to neuropsychopharmacology.  The selection of the awardee is based on the quality of the contributions and their impact in advancing neuropsychopharmacology.  Award recipients will receive a monetary award and a plaque to be given at the ACNP Annual Meeting. Award recipients who are not members of the ACNP may also be reimbursed for their expenses to attend the Annual Meeting.  The Award winner must attend the Annual Meeting. 

    Any scientist, worldwide, may nominate an individual for this award by submitting to the Awards Committee the following items:

    1. The one-page nominating letter should address the following points:
      • How long have you known the candidate and in what capacity?
      • Describe contribution of candidate to their field, focusing on contributions as an independent investigator.
      • Describe impact of this contribution on the field.
      • Rank candidate compared to others you have known at similar career stage (top 1, 5, 10%, etc.)
    2. NIH style bio sketch, with the personal statement written to explain cumulative, integrated impact of the candidate’s body of work
    3. Required Metrics:
      • H-Index
      • Number of peer-reviewed primary papers (and how many of these papers are first or last author)
      • List of NIH grants as PI
      • List of non-NIH grants as PI

    *Nominators will ask the nominee to provide their Biosketch and assist with compiling the required metrics.  Individuals who believe that they meet the qualifications for the award are encouraged to request a nomination from a qualified scientist.  Note: neither the nominee nor the nominator is required to be an ACNP member. 

    The recipient of the Efron Research Award must be fifty (50) years of age or younger as of December 31st of the current year. He/she does not need to be a member of the ACNP or a citizen of the United States. Nomination of women and minorities is highly encouraged.

    Please click here to begin nomination.

    Click here to view previous award winners.

  • Joel Elkes Research Award

    The American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP) presents the Joel Elkes Research Award to a young scientist in recognition of an outstanding clinical contribution to neuropsychopharmacology.  Of particular interest in selecting the awardee are contributions that further our understanding of self-regulatory processes as they affect mental function and behavior in disease and well-being.  Award recipients will receive a monetary award and a plaque to be given at the ACNP Annual Meeting. Award recipients who are not members of the ACNP may also be reimbursed for their expenses to attend the Annual Meeting.  The award winner must attend the Annual Meeting.

    Any scientist, worldwide, may nominate an individual for this award by submitting to the Awards Committee:

    1. The one-page nominating letter should address the following points:
      • How long have you known the candidate and in what capacity?
      • Describe contribution of candidate to their field, focusing on contributions as an independent investigator.
      • Describe impact of this contribution on the field.
      • Rank candidate compared to others you have known at similar career stage (top 1, 5, 10%, etc.)
    2. NIH style bio sketch, with the personal statement written to explain cumulative, integrated impact of the candidate’s body of work
    3. Required Metrics:
      • H-Index
      • Number of peer-reviewed primary papers (and how many of these papers are first or last author)
      • List of NIH grants as PI
      • List of non-NIH grants as PI

     

    *Nominators will ask the nominee to provide their Biosketch and assist with compiling the required metrics.  Individuals who believe that they meet the qualifications for the award are encouraged to request a nomination from a qualified scientist.  Note: neither the nominee nor the nominator is required to be an ACNP member. 

    The recipient of the Elkes Research Award must be fifty (50) years of age or younger as of December 31st of the current year. He/she does not need to be a member of the ACNP or a citizen of the United States. Nomination of women and minorities is highly encouraged.

    Please click here to begin nomination.

    Click here to view previous award winners. 

  • Paul Hoch Distinguished Service Award

    The Paul Hoch Distinguished Service Award is presented by the ACNP when a member has made unusually significant contributions to the College.  The emphasis of this award is on service to the College—not for teaching, clinical, or research accomplishment.  Recipients of the Hoch Award will receive a monetary award and a plaque to be given at the Annual Meeting. Nomination of women and minorities is highly encouraged.

    Any Member or Fellow of the ACNP may submit the name of a member to receive the Hoch Award by submitting the following:

    1. One-page nomination letter addressing the transformative and/or significant contribution(s) this member has made to the College.
    2. NIH style bio sketch
    3. The Executive Office will provide the nominee’s Activity Sheet which will detail:
      • Committees/task forces they have volunteered for or served on
      • Leadership positions in the College
      • How many times they have been asked and reviewed for NPP
      • Annual meetings they have attended
      • How many times they have mentored or volunteered to mentor during the annual meetings

     

    Please click here to begin nomination.

    Click here to view previous award winners.

  • Eva King Killam Research Award

    The American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP) presents the Eva King Killam Research Award to an early career researcher on the basis of outstanding translational research contributions to neuropsychopharmacology. The nominee’s research should contribute to translating between basic science and human investigations. The selection of the awardee is based on the quality of the contribution and its impact in advancing neuropsychopharmacology. Award recipients will receive a monetary award and a plaque to be given at the ACNP Annual Meeting. Award recipients who are not members of the ACNP may also be reimbursed for their expenses to attend the Annual Meeting. The Award winner must attend the Annual Meeting.

    This award was first given in 2011 and is named after Eva King Killam, who served as the first woman President of the ACNP in 1988. 

    Any scientist, worldwide, may nominate an eligible individual for this award by submitting to the Awards Committee: 

    1. The one-page nominating letter should address the following points:
      • How long have you known the candidate and in what capacity?
      • Describe contribution of candidate to their field, focusing on contributions as an independent investigator.
      • Describe impact of this contribution on the field.
      • Rank candidate compared to others you have known at similar career stage (top 1, 5, 10%, etc.)
    2. NIH style bio sketch, with the personal statement written to explain cumulative, integrated impact of the candidate’s body of work
    3. Required Metrics:
      • H-Index
      • Number of peer-reviewed primary papers (and how many of these papers are first or last author)
      • List of NIH grants as PI
      • List of non-NIH grants as PI

     

    *Nominators will ask the nominee to provide their Biosketch and assist with compiling the required metrics.  Individuals who believe that they meet the qualifications for the award are encouraged to request a nomination from a qualified scientist.  Note: neither the nominee nor the nominator is required to be an ACNP member.

    The recipient of the Eva King Killam Research Award can be no more than twelve (12) years past his or her terminal degree as of December 31st of the current year. He/she does not need to be a member of the ACNP or a citizen of the United States. Nomination of women and minorities is highly encouraged.

    Please click here to begin nomination.

    Click here to view previous award winners. 

  • Media Award

    The ACNP Media Award was established to recognize major contributions to the education of the public about mental illness and substance abuse research and the positive impact of research on treatment.  The award is intended to be an expression of appreciation from the College toward outstanding public education leaders who provide complete, accurate, and unbiased information to our society about brain diseases. The honoree may be a member of the print or electronic media, an advocacy organization or a public education initiative that promotes increased awareness of brain research and the impact it has on people’s lives.  The award recipient will attend the ACNP Annual Meeting and interact with its members and guests, further developing his/her own knowledge of the field and expanding his/her network of expert contacts.

    The Media Award consists of an expense paid trip to the ACNP Annual Meeting and a plaque to be presented at the Annual Meeting. The Award winner must attend the Annual Meeting.  

    Any individual may submit a nomination for the ACNP Media Award by submitting to the Awards Committee:

    1. A nominating letter no longer than one page in length that describes the contributions made by the candidate or group.
    2. No more than three examples of the person’s or group’s work (articles, CDs, DVDs, books, etc.) as supporting material.  
    3. Be sure to include the exact name, title, and contact information of the nominee or group.

     

    CDs, DVDs, books, etc. should be mailed to the ACNP Executive Office: 5034A Thoroughbred Lane, Brentwood, Tennessee, 37027 USA

    Please click here to begin nomination.

    Click here to view previous award winners.

  • Public Service Award

    The ACNP Public Service Award has been established in recognition of substantial contributions to affect public policies or other activities related to improving the health of the public with an emphasis on patients with brain diseases. This award is to be given to an outstanding leader dedicated to serving and educating the public about mental illness, committed to advancing research to benefit patients and their loved ones, and having an impact on the continued investment in neuroscience research. The award is intended to be an expression of appreciation from the College toward outstanding public leaders who provide complete, accurate, and unbiased information to our society about brain diseases. The honoree may be a member of the government, an advocacy organization or a public education initiative that promotes increased awareness of brain research and the impact it has on people’s lives.

    The Public Service Award consists of an expense paid trip to the ACNP Annual Meeting and a plaque to be presented at the Annual Meeting. The award recipient will attend the ACNP Annual Meeting and interact with its members and guests, further developing his/her own knowledge of the field and expanding his/her network of expert contacts. If a government official is selected to receive the Public Service Award and is unable to attend the Annual Meeting, the award will be presented to the recipient during a visit to Capitol Hill and presented by a member of the Liaison Committee.

    Any individual may submit a nomination for the ACNP Public Service Award by submitting to the Awards Committee:

    1. A nominating letter no longer than one page in length that describes the contributions made by the candidate or group.  (Please be sure to include the exact name, title, and contact information of the nominee or group.)

     

    Please click here to begin nomination.

    Click here to view previous award winners.

  • Dolores Shockley Minority Mentoring Award

    The American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP) presents the Dolores Shockley Minority Mentoring Award to an ACNP member who has been particularly successful in mentoring young scientists from underrepresented minorities (URM) in the field of neuropsychopharmacology and related disciplines. The Award consists of a monetary award and a plaque to be given during the Annual Meeting.  The award winner must attend the Annual Meeting.  Nomination of women and minorities is highly encouraged.

    Any scientist may nominate an ACNP member for this award by submitting the following to the Awards Committee: 

    1. The one-page nominating letter should address the following points:
      • How long have you known the candidate and in what capacity?
      • Avoiding redundancy with list of mentees (see below), describe the scope of candidate’s mentoring activity, e.g. type of mentees, type of setting for mentoring.
      • What sets this candidate apart as a mentor?
      • Comment on impact of candidate’s mentoring activities on participation of URM scientists in the field.
      • Rank candidate compared to other mentors you have known at similar career stage (top 1, 5, 10%, etc.) with respect to contributions related to URM mentees.
    2. NIH style bio sketch, with personal statement written to summarize most significant mentoring contributions related to URM mentees
    3. Required Metrics:
      • List of URM mentees that received F or K awards
      • Candidate’s contribution to Training Grants that had a focus on URM trainees
      • Broader initiatives related to bringing URM scientists into the field (mentorship, training, other career advancement mechanisms)
      • Other mentoring activities not captured by the above questions
    4. Full list of URM scientists who have been mentored by the candidate; for each provide dates of mentorship, their current job titles, and one sentence summarizing their contributions to their field. Use asterisks to highlight most significant mentees.
    5. Letters of support (one-page) from three URM scientists who have been mentored by the candidate.

     

    *Previous winners of the Julius Axelrod Mentorship Award are not eligible.

    Please click here to begin nomination.

    Click here to view previous Dolores Shockley Minority Mentoring award winners.

    Click here to view previous Julius Axelrod Mentorship award winners.

The College was pleased to announce the first Dolores Shockley Minority Mentoring award during the 2017 Annual Meeting.  This award is presented to an ACNP member who has been particularly successful in mentoring young scientists from underrepresented minorities in the field of neuropsychopharmacology and related disciplines.  Please see the interviews below with Dr. Dolores Shockley and first award winner, Dr. Margarita Dubocovich (starting at 18:00), interviewed by Dr. Carolyn Rodriguez.