Junior Investigator Award

Junior Investigator Award

Online Abstract Submission Deadline: June 15

Application Materials Deadline: July 1

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, postdoctoral 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).

Jr. Poster Competition

In addition to being considered for the Jr. Investigator Travel Award, Jr. Investigators can also enter their poster in the Poster Competition at the Annual Meeting. When submitting your abstract online, please be sure to check the box that indicates you are interested in entering your poster in the competition.

Please Note: Presenting poster author must be a Jr. Investigator and be available to give a poster presentation at the Annual Meeting in order to be eligible to receive the award.

Posters presentations will be judged on the following: Scientific Value, Visual presentation of your poster, and your verbal presentation of your poster.

There is a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place cash award (US issued check) for this competition.

Judging for the poster competition will be scheduled closer to the meeting and sent to all entrants. Please be sure you are present at your poster during these times so that the judges are able to talk with you and have an adequate amount of time to score you properly. If there is a time change for judging, you will be notified via email.


The Jr. Investigator 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 one 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 Jr. Investigator’s poster may also be entered in the Poster Contest, see above.

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: 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 email 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.

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.

Previous Junior Investigator Award Recipients