61st Annual Meeting
December 4-7, 2022, JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort and Spa, Phoenix, Arizona

The College is no longer accepting Travel Award applications for 2022. 

The deadline to apply was April 21, 2022. 

ACNP Travel Award Program

2022 Travel Award Program Flyer (Full Version)

2022 Travel Award Program Flyer (Overview)

The American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP) annually selects distinguished young scientists in the field of neuropsychopharmacology to be part of our travel award program. These travel awards offer an opportunity to attend an outstanding scientific program in clinical and basic research on brain-behavior-drug interactions; become aware of the most recent, and often unpublished, advances in psychopharmacology; and meet and interact with internationally distinguished researchers and scientists.

In 1997, the ACNP Young Investigator Memorial Travel Awards were established to commemorate the life and work of deceased College members who made contributions to the field of neuropsychopharmacology. These were awarded 1998-2005 in the names of; Louis S. Lasagna (1923-2003), Marian Weinbaum Fischman (1939-2001), Arnold J. Friedhoff (1923-2001), Leo Hollister (1920-2000), Seymour Kety (1915-2000), Heinz E. Lehmann (1911-1999), Jerry Sepinwall (1940-1998), Menek Goldstein (1926-1997), Daniel X. Freedman (1921-1993), and Gerald L. Kierman (1928-1992). ACNP continues to honor their contributions, made both during their lives and in memoriam through the support of young investigators, many of whom have gone on to become ACNP Members and make significant contributions to the field.

 

AWARD BENEFITS

  • Annual Meeting registration for award recipient and accompanying spouse or significant other 
  • Opportunity to present a poster abstract 
  • Up to five nights lodging in Phoenix, Arizona
  • Roundtrip coach airfare to attend the Annual Meeting  
  • Ground transportation stipend of $100
  • A daily stipend of $50 for meals for up to six days
  • Onsite childcare stipend of $80 per day, per child for up to six days
  • An ACNP member mentor for the annual meeting
  • An automatic invitation to attend four (4) additional annual meetings with reduced registration fee, and the opportunity to present a poster abstract at each meeting

APPLICATION PERIOD

The College is no longer accepting applications for travel awards.
The deadline for application submission was April 21, 2022 by 5:00pm Central Time.


ELIGIBILITY

Any scientist worldwide is eligible to apply for a travel award. All candidates must be eligible in one of the three applicant tiers AND meet training/post training limits as described below. The post training limit (5yrs past final training) can be extended by up to 2 years for significant life events and/or career advancement delays due to the COVID pandemic. In this case, please provide background information in the application about the circumstances for the committee to consider (e.g., birth/adoption of a child, childcare, eldercare, illness or disability of applicant, care for an ill/disabled family member, personal or family tragedy, COVID-related lab shut-down, etc.). ACNP members (all categories of membership) and previous Travel Awardees are not eligible to apply.

Candidates from underrepresented populations in science and medicine are highly encouraged to apply. An underrepresented minority candidate is defined as African American, Hispanic, Native American, and U.S. Pacific Islander.


APPLICANT TIERS

Clinical Student Level

Clinical Student Level applicants are defined as those individuals who currently are candidates for a clinician-scientist dual degree (M.D./Ph.D., Pharm.D./Ph.D.), or are in another graduate-level clinical program (M.D., D.O., D.V.M., D.N.P., Psy.D., Clinical Psychology) and are receiving research training. Those individuals who already have earned their graduate degree are ineligible to apply for this student award and should consider applying in the appropriate Junior or Senior level awards. Those working to obtain a non-clinician Ph.D. (without a clinical degree) are ineligible for this award and should apply for the Junior level award.

Junior Level

Junior Level applicants are defined as those individuals who are below Assistant Professor (or equivalent level if in a non-academic institution) AND in a research-intensive training position, i.e.: non-clinician Ph.D. students, medical residents or fellows, Pharm.D. residents, interns, and post-doctoral fellows. These applicants may be no more than 5 years past their final training. Post training for clinicians (M.D.’s, D.O.’s, Psy.D.’s, D.V.M.’s, D.N.P.’s, Clinical Psychologists) will be counted from the final year of their residency or fellowship. Post training for Pharm.D.’s will be counted from completion of Pharm.D. or residency, if completed. Post training for non-clinician Ph.D.’s will be counted from the last year of postdoctoral fellowship.

Senior Level

Senior Level applicants are defined as those individuals who are at the Assistant Professor level or its equivalent, but not an R01 awardee. Applicants may be no more than 5 years past their final training (postdoctoral fellowship or residency). Any person who is an Associate Professor or has already obtained an R01, is considered too senior to apply for a travel award. Post training for clinicians (M.D.’s, D.O.’s, Psy.D.’s, D.V.M.’s, D.N.P.’s, clinical program Ph.D.’s) will be counted from the final year of their residency or fellowship. Post training for Pharm.D.’s will be counted from completion of Pharm.D. or residency if completed. Post training for non-clinician Ph.D.’s will be counted from the last year of postdoctoral fellowship.


APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

Eligible applicants must complete a common online application and submit the following:

  • Curriculum vitae (all applicants) – CV must include your publication record, a listing of your research funding, and teaching experience, if applicable. Include one line about your role in each peer-reviewed original data paper listed and how you contributed to data collection and analysis.
  • A supporting letter (all applicants) – Supporting letter must be written by an ACNP member, all categories of membership to include: Fellow, Fellow Emeritus, Member, Member Emeritus, and Associate Member.   Members will be allowed to nominate one person for a Travel Award with the exception to allow one additional nomination for an under-represented minority applicant.  An under-represented minority candidate is defined as African American, Hispanic, Native American, and Pacific Islander. 
    • Members will have to upload the supporting letter into the submission system, which will be kept confidential from the travel award applicant.  The letter should include a concise and compelling description of why the candidate should receive the award. Focus on the candidate’s research accomplishment and how and why at this time in their development this award would advance their career. Indicate whether the candidate is in the: top 1%, top 5%, top 10%, top 25%, or top 50% of all active research junior colleagues (M.D., D.O., D.V.M., D.N.P., Psy.D., Ph.D., or Pharm.D.) the ACNP member has known. 
    • Letters from non-ACNP members will not be accepted.
    • Nomination Instructions for ACNP Members
  • A one-page focused career statement (all applicants) – Your career statement needs to describe your interest in an ACNP Travel Award, including your career goals and ambitions. Place an emphasis on your research goals, your most significant research accomplishments, and why you think this award would benefit you at this time in your career. Convey in a concise statement what you are working on and describe your own work in contrast to that of your mentor(s). Please address how your focus is relevant to the mission of the College. 
  • A summary of Early Career Development K or R Award, if applicable.

TRAVEL AWARD APPLICATION MENTORS

Travel Award Application Mentors are recent past Education and Training Committee members who have agreed to counsel prospective travel award applicants and/or their ACNP member nominator on travel award application for the Travel Award program. Travel Award Application Mentors may offer advice as to whether a prospective Travel Award applicant is likely to be competitive and if they are, aspects of their application that might enhance their likelihood for success. 

The members included on this list of Travel Award Application Mentors have agreed to be contacted by applicants and their ACNP Member nominator.

Travel Award applicants and/or their ACNP member nominator seeking advice from from these individuals should know they are offering their best advice, but they do not speak for the Education and Training Committee. There is no guarantee following their advice will result in a Travel Award.


DEADLINE

The deadline for submission was April 21, 2022 by 5:00pm Central Time.

AWARD NOTIFICATION

Award recipients will be notified by email in July 2022.

QUESTIONS

For questions regarding the travel award program, contact ACNP at acnp@acnp.org in the Executive Office.


TYPES OF AWARDS
Although all applicants for a travel award complete one common application, there are several categories within the travel award program as described below. PLEASE NOTE: You will not be asked to specify an award name or type in your submission.  The selection committee will review your application and determine the award recipients for each category. 

  • Harry June Travel Award

    This award is available for the early career researchers in substance abuse and was established in honor of ACNP Member, Harry June, Ph.D. (1957-2014), and is funded by the National Institute for Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse. Dr. June was a renowned research scientist in the field of substance abuse and was a devoted mentor to students and young faculty.

    Click here to view past award winners.

  • Athina Markou Travel Award

    This award is available for early career researchers in behavioral neuropsychopharmacology. This award was established in honor of ACNP Fellow, Athina Markou, Ph.D. (1961-2016). Dr. Markou pioneered research using sophisticated behavioral tasks in animals to identify novel pharmacotherapies for psychiatric and addiction disorders. To be eligible for this award, the applicant must have demonstrated professional and scientific interest and achievement in the field of behavioral neuropsychopharmacology through research, teaching, and/or clinical activities. 

    Click here to view past award winners.

ACNP/AMP BRAD Fellowship Program

The American College of Neuropsychopharmacology and Americans for Medical Progress (AMP) will accept applications for the ACNP/AMP BRAD Fellowship starting on November 1, 2021.  Named for Biomedical Research Awareness Day (BRAD), an annual science celebration, this fellowship seeks to raise awareness about the essential role of animal research in neuropsychopharmacology and other related fields.

The ACNP/AMP BRAD Fellowship is open to early career scientists in the field of neuroscience, psychology or pharmacology.  Applicants must support humane, essential animal research and have a passion for scientific communication and advocacy.  Only legal residents in the U.S. may apply.

The deadline to submit an application is June 1, 2022.

For full details about the Fellowship, please visit the AMP Website and see the ACNP/AMP BRAD flyer.

What is the ACNP/AMP BRAD Fellowship?  Learn from the previous BRAD Fellowship awardees themselves: