Awards & Honors: Society for Neuroscience (SfN) Awards

The Society for Neuroscience (SfN) invites nominations for its prestigious annual awards program. These awards recognize scientists at all stages of their careers for a variety of activities, including research that expands knowledge of the brain and its functions, outreach programs that educate the public about neuroscience, and mentoring efforts that cultivate achievement for the next generation of neuroscientists.

This announcement highlights awards that are recognized by the National Research Council (NRC) as Prestigious and Highly Prestigious. For a full list of SfN’s awards, please click here.


Submission Instructions for All Awards

  • Nominations must be submitted through the SfN’s nomination site
  • Self-nomination is NOT permitted.
  • Nominees do NOT need to be SfN members.
  • Nominations must be made or endorsed by an SfN member.
  • NO person may nominate more than one candidate.
  • Current SfN officers and councilors are ineligible for nomination.
  • Due to potential conflicts of interest, members of the selection committee may not be the nominees, and they cannot serve as nominators nor write letters of recommendation for this prize.

Jacob P. Waletzky Award
Prestigious

  • Deadline: Friday, June 2 by noon ET
  • Link: http://www.sfn.org/Awards-and-Funding/Individual-Prizes-and-Fellowships/Outstanding-Research-and-Career-Awards/Jacob-P-Waletzky-Award
  • Description: The Jacob P. Waletzky Award is given to a young scientist (within 15 years of his/her Ph.D. or MD degree) whose independent research has led to significant conceptual and empirical contributions to the understanding of drug addiction. Both basic and clinical researchers are eligible for the award. Future plans to continue to make significant contributions to addiction research and treatment is one of the selection criteria.
  • Award: Recipients receive a $25,000 prize and complimentary registration, transportation (economy air or ground), and two nights hotel accommodations for the SfN annual meeting. The SfN president presents the prize at a lecture at the meeting.
  • Eligibility:
    • Actively engaged in research at the time the award is given
    • Future plans to continue to make significant contributions to addiction research and treatment
    • Received a Ph.D. or MD (or equivalent) within the past 15 years (Time taken off for child-rearing does not count in these totals. Part-time work and other special circumstances are evaluated at the discretion of the committee.)
  • Nomination Materials:
    • One nomination letter
    • Maximum of two optional letters of recommendation (one must be from the nominee’s current or previous mentor)
    • Current CV (include date on which the advanced degree was awarded)
    • Essay (500 words or less) describing the future goals and direction of the nominee’s planned research in the substance abuse and the brain and nervous system

Mika Salpeter Lifetime Achievement Award
Prestigious

  • Deadline: Friday, June 9 by noon ET
  • Link: http://www.sfn.org/Awards-and-Funding/Individual-Prizes-and-Fellowships/Outstanding-Research-and-Career-Awards/Mika-Salpeter-Lifetime-Achievement-Award
  • Description: The Mika Salpeter Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes an individual with outstanding career achievements in neuroscience who has also significantly promoted the professional advancement of women in neuroscience.
  • Award: Recipients receive a $5,000 prize and complimentary registration, transportation (economy air or ground), and two nights hotel accommodations for the SfN annual meeting. The SfN president presents the prize at a lecture at the meeting, and the recipient is honored at the Celebration of Women in Neuroscience Luncheon, held during the meeting.
  • Eligibility:
    • Exhibited dedication to facilitating the mentoring and entry of young women into neuroscience or to the advancement of women in neuroscience
    • Sustained exceptional achievements in neuroscience as evidenced by publications, inventions, and/or awards
    • Service to the profession through SfN and/or related organizations
    • Recognition at national or international levels as a scientist, educator, businessperson, or administrator in neuroscience
    • Demonstration of a high degree of imagination, innovation, and initiative in the pursuit of neuroscience
  • Nomination Materials:
    • One nomination letter
    • Maximum of two optional letters of recommendation (One letter must include a summary of key research accomplishments as well as a summary of mentoring, leadership, and service)
    • Current CV
    • List of students and postdoctoral fellows who have been mentored by the nominee

Peter and Patricia Gruber International Research Award
Prestigious

  • Deadline: Friday, May 19 by noon ET
  • Link: http://www.sfn.org/Awards-and-Funding/Individual-Prizes-and-Fellowships/Young-Scientists-Achievements-and-Research/Peter-and-Patricia-Gruber-International-Research-Award
  • Description: The Peter and Patricia Gruber International Research Award, supported by The Gruber Foundation, recognizes two young neuroscientists for outstanding research and educational pursuit in an international setting.
  • Award: Recipients receive a $25,000 prize and complimentary registration, transportation (economy air or ground), and two nights hotel accommodations for the SfN annual meeting. The SfN president presents the prize at a lecture at the meeting.
  • Eligibility:
    • Graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, or research associates who are U.S. citizen/permanent residents studying or working at an institution located outside the United States
    • Graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, or research associates who are non-U.S. citizens/permanent residents studying or working at an institution located in the United States.
    • Actively engaged in research at the time the award is given.
  • Nomination Materials:
    • One nomination letter
    • Maximum of two optional letters of recommendation
    • Current CV (include country of citizenship and/or permanent residence)
    • Essay (500 words or less) describing the future goals and direction of the nominee’s planned research
    • List of publications and abstracts authored or co-authored by the nominee

Ralph W. Gerard Prize in Neuroscience
Highly Prestigious

  • Deadline: Friday, June 2 by noon ET
  • Link: http://www.sfn.org/Awards-and-Funding/Individual-Prizes-and-Fellowships/Outstanding-Research-and-Career-Awards/Ralph-W-Gerard-Prize-in-Neuroscience
  • Description: The highest recognition conferred by SfN, the Ralph W. Gerard Prize in Neuroscience honors an outstanding scientist who has made significant contributions to neuroscience throughout his or her career.
  • Award: Recipients receive a $25,000 prize and complimentary registration, transportation (economy air or ground), and two nights hotel accommodations for the SfN annual meeting. The SfN President presents the prize at a lecture at the meeting.
  • Eligibility: The award is open to all scientists with contributions to the field of neuroscience.
  • Nomination Materials:
    • One nomination letter describing the nominee’s contributions to the field
    • Maximum of two optional letters of recommendation (one letter must include a summary of past, present, and future research, maximum two pages)
    • Current CV

Young Investigator Award
Prestigious

  • Deadline: Friday, May 19 by noon ET
  • Link: http://www.sfn.org/Awards-and-Funding/Individual-Prizes-and-Fellowships/Young-Scientists-Achievements-and-Research/Young-Investigator-Award
  • Description: The Young Investigator Award recognizes the outstanding achievements and contributions by a young neuroscientist who has demonstrated scholarly independence.
  • Award: Recipients receive a $15,000 award and complimentary registration, transportation (economy air or ground), and two nights hotel accommodations for the SfN annual meeting. The SfN president presents the prize at a lecture at the meeting.
  • Eligibility:
    • Actively engaged in research at the time the award is given.
    • Show evidence of heading an independent research laboratory.
    • Received a PhD or MD (or equivalent) within the past 10 years. (Time taken off for child-rearing does not count in these totals. Part-time work and other special circumstances are evaluated at the discretion of the committee.)
    • Post-docs are ineligible.
  • Nomination Materials:
    • One nomination letter
    • Maximum of two optional letters of recommendation (One must be from the nominee’s current or previous mentor)
    • Current CV (include date on which the advanced degree was awarded)
    • A list of up to five of the nominee’s most important published papers

Questions?
View the Frequently Asked Questions or email awards@sfn.org.