Junior Investigator/Student Travel Awards

Junior Travel Award Application

Student Travel Award Application

Online Abstract Submission Deadline: June 15, 2012

Application Materials Deadline: July 1, 2012

Purpose of the Program

To encourage and support representation at the SPS annual meeting of student and junior investigators (e.g., technicians, postdoctoral fellows and early career lab heads) engaged in safety pharmacology.


Junior Investigator Travel Award: Eligible candidates include students (undergraduate or graduate), technical staff, and junior scientists, post-doctoral fellows (< 5 years), and early career lab heads. The candidate should have less than 10 years experience in the field of safety pharmacology. Candidates may come from within academia, contract research organizations, pharmaceutical or biotechnology industry, government or engaged in preclinical research in safety pharmacology.

Exclusion criteria include previous Junior Travel Award winners, professors (undergraduate or graduate programs) and management personnel (e.g. laboratory head, principal investigator, or supervisor/mentor).

Student Travel Award: Eligible candidates include high school, undergraduate or graduate students. Exclusion criteria include previous Student Travel Award winners.

If for some reason the winner is unable to accept the award, they shall contact the Executive Director by August 15.


Each award shall consist of:

  1. Up to $1,500 reimbursement of reasonable travel expenses (receipts are required)
  2. Complimentary registration for the Annual Meeting
  3. Complimentary SPS membership for 1 year.
  4. Winners are required to present a poster for the SPS meeting, attend the poster presentation and the Award announcement for ceremony.
    Note: the poster may also be entered in the Poster Contest.

The awardees will be notified two weeks from the application deadline and the abstract will be published on the SPS Annual Meeting website. The Award is made to the individual and is not transferable (i.e., if the awardees cannot attend and sends the poster with a colleague, the colleague cannot claim the travel award).


Download Applications: Student Travel Award | Junior Investigator Travel Award

  1. Submit abstract online by June 15.
  2. Application form and a summary paper describing the research (approximately 500 words) sent as an email attachment. Note: Summary may be in abstract form, but needs to include: Introduction, Objective, Brief description of methods used, results/findings and conclusion.
  3. Resumé or curriculum vitae (CV) sent as an email attachment with item #1.
  4. One letter from a Faculty member/Supervisor/Principal Investigator. Letters of recommendation/nomination should be signed and sent, mailed, electronically (e.g. PDF format sent as an e-mail attachment) or Faxed to the society. The letter should discuss the potential of the applicant to contribute to the field of safety pharmacology and if there are more than one author on the abstract, the letter should also specify the contribution of the travel award applicant to the work, including what aspects of the work the applicant performed.
  5. All material should be sent to SPS Headquarters:
    Email: Krystle Correll
    Fax: 703.438.3113
    Mailing Address: 11190 Sunrise Valley Dr, Suite 300, Reston, VA 20191

Consideration of Nominees

Applications reviewed by the SPS Junior/Student Travel Award committee using the following criteria:

  1. Novelty of the research and its impact on Safety Pharmacology
  2. Study design including defining the hypothesis to be tested and use of appropriate controls
  3. Presentation, analysis and interpretation of the data
  4. Promise and potential of the applicant based on specific contribution to the work and the supervisor’s comments.

Criteria for Selection of Junior Investigator Travel Award Winners

Up to six (6) Junior Travel Awards will be granted annually with consideration given to select awardees from diverse geographies.

Criteria for Selection of Student Travel Award Winners

Up to two (2) Student Travel Awards will be granted annually with consideration given to select awardees from diverse geographies.

Distribution of Travel Awards

Receipts collected by awardees; submitted to SPS for reimbursement
Note: Lunch during meeting is provided by SPS

Awardee Responsibilities and Process at the Annual Meeting

  1. Special poster location for winners, with special nametags, and designation on posters
  2. Winners agree to be at posters during poster contest judging
  3. Posters to remain up the entire meeting
  4. Award recognition at the SPS Annual Business Meeting

SPS Junior Investigator/Student Travel Award Committee

The review of the abstracts, judging and selection of the winners will be made by the committee. The judging of the applicant materials will take place in July prior to the annual meeting. Any conflicts of interest will be identified prior to judging and judges with conflicts will recuse themselves from evaluating those applications. The full application (abstract, applicant’s CV, and letter of recommendation) will be reviewed by committee members and scores given for each review criterion (see above). The committee chairs will compile a list of scores from all reviewers and the final selection of winners will be discussed by the full committee. The committee will make recommendations to the Board for final approval.

The Committee may refuse to review any abstract they determine to be not aligned with the objective of program.