Travel Awards

Congratulations to our 2016 Travel Award recipients

Travel Award submissions are closed for 2016; applicants were notified on June 30, 2016. 

Travel Award Guidelines for 2016

The American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP) annually selects distinguished young scientists in the field of neuropsychopharmacology to be a part of our Travel Award program. These 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program in clinical and basic research on brain-behavior-drug interactions; become aware of the most recent, and often unpublished, advances in psychopharmacology; and meet and interact with internationally distinguished researchers and scientists. Click here to read more about the Travel Award Program.

Benefits - Specific benefits include:

  • An ACNP member mentor for the meeting
  • Meeting registration for award recipient and accompanying other
  • Up to five nights lodging and round trip coach air fare to attend the ACNP meeting in Hollywood, Florida December 4-8, 2016
  • $100 ground transportation stipend 
  • A daily stipend of $50 for meals and other annual meeting expenses incurred for up to six days
  • Opportunity to present a poster or research presentation. 
  • An automatic invitation to attend four (4) additional ACNP annual meetings with reduced registration fee, and the opportunity to present a poster at each meeting without the need of an ACNP member sponsor

Eligibility - Any scientist worldwide is eligible to apply for an ACNP Travel Award. All candidates must be eligible in one of the three applicant tiers AND meet training/post training limits as described below. Previous ACNP travel awardees are not eligible.  

Applicant Tiers

  • Junior level applicants are defined as those individuals who are at a level which is less than an assistant professor, also including psychiatric residents. Applicants may be no more than 5 years post training. (Post training for M.D.s will be counted from the final year of their residency or fellowship. Post training for Ph.D.’s will be counted from the last year of postdoctoral training).  
  • Senior level applicants are defined as those individuals who are an assistant professor, or an associate professor who does not have an RO1.  (An associate professor with an R01 is considered too senior to apply). Applicants may be no more than 5 years post training. (Post training for M.D.s will be counted from the final year of their residency or fellowship. Post training for Ph.D.’s will be counted from the last year of postdoctoral training).  
  • M.D. and M.D./Ph.D. Student Trainee applicants are defined as those individuals who are currently candidates for an M.D. or M.D./Ph.D.  Those who have already earned their M.D. or M.D./Ph.D. are ineligible to apply for this student award and should consider applying in the appropriate junior or senior level.  Those working to obtain a Ph.D. only are ineligible for this award and should apply for the junior level award.  

Travel Awards - Although all applicants for an ACNP Travel Award complete one common application, there are several categories within the ACNP Travel Award program as described below. 

1.    The ACNP Young Investigator Memorial Travel Awards: These awards were established to commemorate  the life and work of deceased College members who made major 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. Klerman (1928-1992).  Click here to read more about the Travel Award Program.

2.    The Travel Award for Minorities and Women: Through the Travel Award Program, 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, new/young faculty members. 

3.  The Early Career Travel Award: These awards are available for young scientists who have, through their research, teaching, and/or clinical activities, demonstrated professional and scientific interest and achievement in the field of neuropsychopharmacology broadly defined. Typically, they will have a significant record of publication as well as some track record of external funding, such as having received Early Career Development K or R Awards from NIH or comparable support. More senior investigators with a longstanding established record of independent funding (e.g., multiple R01's) may be deemed too senior for these travel awards.  

4.  M.D. & M.D./Ph.D. Student Trainees: This category allows five (5) individuals who are M.D. or M.D./Ph.D. students to attend the meeting as a way to learn more about the field of neuropsychopharmacology and the opportunities that are available to them.

5.  Harry June Travel Award: This award is available for 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.  Dr. June was accepted into membership in 2004 and passed away on June 7, 2014.  He was a renowned research scientist in the field of substance abuse and was a devoted mentor to students and young faculty.  

Applications - The 2016 Travel Award submission site will open on March 16th.  The deadline for submissions is April 30th.  Applicants will be notified no later than June 30th.

Eligible applicants will be asked to submit the following:

1.  A curriculum vitae (all applicants), including your publication record and a listing of 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.

2.  A supporting letter (all applicants) from your Director of Training, departmental chair, or sponsor (this letter does not need to be written by an ACNP member). The letter should include a concise and compelling description of why you, the candidate, should receive the award. Focus on your research accomplishments 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. or Ph.D.) the recommender has known. 

3.  A summary of Early Career Development K or R Award, if applicable. 

4.  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: Can you convey in a concise statement what you are working on? What is your own work, separated out from the work of your mentor(s)? And how is your focus relevant to the mission of the College? 

Should you have questions, please contact Erin Colladay, or Sarah Timm, from the ACNP Executive Office. Thank you.


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