Annual Meeting/Travel Awards
Congratulations to the 2020 Travel Award Class!
59th Annual Meeting
December 6-9, 2020, JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona
*The application submission site is now closed. The deadline was May 15, 2020.
ACNP Travel Award Program
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program in clinical and basic research on brain-behavior-drug interactions; become aware of the most recent, and often unpublished, advances in psychopharmacology; and meet and interact with internationally distinguished researchers and scientists.
- Annual Meeting registration for award recipient and accompanying other
- Up to five nights lodging and roundtrip coach airfare to attend the annual meeting
- Ground transportation stipend of $100
- A daily stipend of $50 for meals up to six days
- Childcare stipend of $80 per day, per child
- Opportunity to present a poster abstract
- 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
The application submission site will open March 16, 2020.
The deadline for application submission is May 15, 2020 by 5:00pm Central Time.
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. Candidates from underrepresented populations in science and medicine are highly encouraged to apply. Please note, ACNP members (all categories of membership) and previous Travel Awardees are not eligible to apply.
Junior Level applicants are defined as those individuals who are below Assistant Professor or equivalent level if in a non-academic institution, i.e., trainees including psychiatric residents, Pharm.D. residents, interns, and post-doctoral fellows. These applicants may be no more than 5 years past final training (postdoctoral fellowship or residency). Post training for M.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 Ph.D.’s will be counted from the last year of postdoctoral fellowship.
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 M.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 Ph.D.’s will be counted from the last year of postdoctoral fellowship.
M.D., M.D./Ph.D., Pharm.D., and Pharm.D./Ph.D. Student Trainee applicants are defined as those individuals who are currently candidates for M.D., M.D./Ph.D., Pharm.D., or Pharm.D./Ph.D. programs. Those individuals who have already earned their M.D. or M.D./Ph.D., Pharm.D. or Pharm.D./Ph.D. 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 Ph.D. only are ineligible for this award and should apply for the Junior level award.
Eligible applicants must complete a common online application and submit the following:
Curriculum vitae (all applicants), including your publication record and 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) 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. Under-represented minorities to include 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 you, the candidate, should receive the award. Focus on your research accomplishment and how and why at this time in your development this award would advance your career. Indicate whether you, the candidate, is in the: top 1%, top 5%, top 10%, top 25%, or top 50% of all active research junior colleagues (M.D., Ph.D., or Pharm.D.) the ACNP member has known. Letters from non-ACNP members will not be accepted.
A summary of Early Career Development K or R Award, if applicable.
A one-page focused career statement (all applicants), describe your interest in a travel award including career goals and ambitions with 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? Address the following: convey in a concise statement what you are working on. 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.
The deadline for submission is May 15, 2020 by 5:00pm Central Time.
Award recipients will be notified by email by mid-July.
For questions regarding the travel award program, contact Erin Colladay at firstname.lastname@example.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.
ACNP Young Investigator Memorial Travel Awards
These awards were established to commemorate the life and work of deceased College members who made contributions to the field of neuropsychopharmacology: 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).
Travel Award for Minorities and Women
The College encourages the development of young scientists from minority populations as well as women, so that the field of neuropsychopharmacology may see an increased number of researchers from women and underrepresented minority groups (including but not limited to African-American, Hispanic, Native American, and US Pacific Islander). These individuals might be graduate students, residents, fellows, or newly young faculty members.
- M.D., M.D./Ph.D., Pharm.D., & Pharm.D./Ph.D. Student Trainees
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. and is funded by the National Institute for Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse. He was a renowned research scientist in the field of substance abuse and was a devoted mentor to students and young faculty.
Athina Markou Travel Award
This award is available for early career researchers in neuropsychopharmacology. This award was established in honor of ACNP Fellow, Athina Markou, Ph.D. To be eligible for this award, the applicant must have, through his/her research, teaching, and/or clinical activities, demonstrated professional and scientific interest and achievement in the field of neuropsychopharmacology.
ACNP/AMP BRAD Fellowship Program
The American College of Neuropsychopharmacology and Americans for Medical Progress (AMP) are now accepting applications for the ACNP/AMP BRAD Fellowship. 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, especially those focusing in the areas of mental illness and addiction. 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 September 30, 2020.
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