ACNP Honorific Awards

The College is now accepting nominations for Honorific Awards.  The deadline for nominations is June 28, 2018.

The 2018 Honorific Award recipients will be announced at the 57th Annual Meeting during the President’s Plenary on December 10, 2018. 

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

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.

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 President’s Plenary Session at 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. A nominating letter no more than three pages in length. This letter should describe the contributions of the candidate to the people he/she has mentored.
    2. A representative list of people who have been mentored by the candidate, their job titles, and the major contributions they have made to the field.
    3. Letters of support from no more than three people who have been mentored by the candidate. These letters should provide specific information regarding the contributions of the candidate to the person mentored.
    4. The curriculum vitae of the candidate.


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

    Click here to view previous 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 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. 

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

    1. The nominating letter (no more than three pages) should include a description of the contribution(s) of the candidate and also the significance of his/her contribution(s); (additional supporting letters are not needed and will not be considered);
    2. The curriculum vitae of the candidate;
    3. No more than three papers representing the contribution(s) (career contributions or specific works) upon which the Award would be based.


    *Individuals who believe that they meet the qualifications for the award are encouraged to request a nomination from a qualified scientist. The nominee could provide the nominator with a draft of the nominating letter and above reference documents (b-c). 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.

    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.  The contribution may be based on a single discovery or a cumulative body of work.  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 nominating letter (no more than three pages) should include a description of the contribution(s) of the candidate, and also the significance of his/her contribution(s); (additional supporting letters are not needed and will not be considered);
    2. The curriculum vitae of the candidate;
    3. No more than three papers representing the contribution(s) (career contributions or specific works) upon which the Award would be based.


    *Individuals who believe that they meet the qualifications for the award are encouraged to request a nomination from a qualified scientist. The nominee could provide the nominator with a draft of the nominating letter and above reference documents (b-c). 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.

    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.

    Any Member or Fellow of the ACNP may submit the name of a member to receive the Hoch Award.  All submissions shall be made to the Executive Office and include a description of the candidate’s contributions to the College and a statement about the significance of his/her contributions. Nomination of women and minorities is highly encouraged.

    Click here to view previous award winners.

  • Eva King Killam Research Award

    The American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP) presents the Eva King Killam 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 nominating letter (no more than three pages) should include a description of the contribution(s) of the candidate and also the significance of his/her contribution(s); (additional supporting letters are not needed and will not be considered).
    2. The curriculum vitae of the candidate.
    3. No more than three papers representing the contribution(s) (career contributions or specific works) upon which the Award would be based.


    *Individuals who believe that they meet the qualifications for the award are encouraged to request a nomination from a qualified scientist. The nominee may provide the nominator with a draft of the nominating letter and above reference documents (b-c). 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.

    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 during the President’s Plenary. 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 statement no longer than three pages 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.  *See note below for submission instructions.
    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

    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 serve and educate 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 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.

    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 during the President’s Plenary. The Award winner must attend the Annual Meeting.

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

    1. A nominating statement no longer than three pages 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.)
  • 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 in the field of neuropsychopharmacology and related disciplines. The Award consists of a monetary award and a plaque to be given during the President’s Plenary Session at 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 in good standing for this award by submitting the following to the Awards Committee: 

    1. A nominating letter no more than three pages in length. This letter should describe the contributions of the candidate to the people he/she has mentored.
    2. A representative list of people who have been mentored by the candidate, their job titles, and the major contributions they have made to the field.
    3. Letters of support from no more than three people who have been mentored by the candidate. These letters should provide specific information regarding the contributions of the candidate to the person mentored.
    4. The curriculum vitae of the candidate.

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

    Click here to view previous award winners.