New Investigator Award

Overview of Awards:  Two tiers of New Investigator Awards will be offered to qualifying individuals at IPSA 2020. The first-tier award will provide the opportunity for up to 5 individuals to present their abstract during a special New Investigator oral abstract session. The second-tier awards will be presented to qualifying authors of the top ranked poster abstracts.

Requirement: PhD student OR less than 5 years post highest degree (MD, PhD, Masters, or Fellowship).

First tier award: Complementary registration and a travel grant of up to $1,000 USD (depending on distance of travel) to give a 10-minute oral presentation included in a special oral abstract session during the congress.

Second tier award: Monetary award of $400 USD per winning poster

Deadline: June 15, 2020

Application Process

STEP ONE – Submit your abstract, indicating oral presentation or poster only. Abstract forms are posted on the IPSA Congress website:

STEP TWO – Email Angie Granum at with the following information:

      1. Name
      2. Date of earning highest degree (MD, PhD, Masters, or Fellowship). If you are a current PhD student, please provide details regarding your university and expected date of completion.
      3. Title of abstract
      4. Name and contact details of mentor or advisor who can verify you meet the requirements
      5. Brief Biosketch
      6. A short letter (max 200 words) explaining why you are applying for this award
      7. Indicated presentation preference of oral presentation or poster only. (All abstracts not selected for oral presentation will automatically be entered for poster presentations.)

Review Process

The new investigator awards will be selected from submitted abstracts. Abstracts submitted by award applicants will be evaluated in two phases:

Phase 1 (General abstract review):  Award applicants will be notified of their acceptance for an oral or poster presentation. Acceptance of an oral or poster abstract does not imply the author will be selected to receive a new investigator award.

Phase 2 (New Investigator abstract review): Following the June 15, 2020 deadline, the applications will be reviewed, and award recipients will be notified by July 15, 2020.

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