Early Career Investigator Award
The FABBS Foundation is pleased to announce the Early Career Investigator Award. This award is presented to early career scientists of FABBS member societies (see FABBS membership) during the first 10 years post-PhD and recognizes scientists who have made major contributions to our sciences.
The purpose of this award is to recognize scientists who have made major research contributions to the sciences of mind, brain, and behavior. The goal is to enhance public visibility of these sciences and the particular research through the dissemination efforts of the FABBS Foundation in collaboration with the member societies and award winners. Nominations are encouraged for individuals who have made outstanding research contributions, especially those who have also increased awareness of science through outreach activities to the public (e.g., community talks, high school demos) or communication with the media (e.g., interviews, blogs).
1. The award honors early career scientists for contributions during the first 10 years post-PhD.
2. The recipient of an award must be a member in good standing of one of the FABBS member societies (see FABBS membership). Researchers in the member societies who wish to be nominated or submit a self-nomination may contact the member society or their representative to FABBS Council.
ROTATION OF AWARDS AMONG MEMBER SOCIETIES
A 3-year rotation scheme is followed so that all member societies of FABBS have equal representation of scientists who receive this award. An award will be given to one early career scientist in each member society that participates, using the rotation scheme below, which has been randomly determined:
NOMINATION AND DECISION PROCESS
FABBS member societies will seek nominations from its membership for the award. Drawing upon its expertise, each member society is asked to review the nominations (including self-nominations) and forward the information regarding the top candidate (see submission form) to the FABBS Foundation. The information is to be sent to the FABBS Foundation President and staff on or before the Thanksgiving holiday of each year. The award will be presented in the following calendar year.
The FABBS Foundation Board will review the submissions at its annual FABBS Foundation board meeting in December and will consider opportunities for public dissemination of the research on which the awards are based. Dissemination ideas will be discussed.
ANNOUNCEMENT OF AWARD WITHIN MEMBER SOCIETIES
It is important that the member society prominently broadcasts the award among the society members, with due recognition to FABBS and the FABBS Foundation. The award will ideally be presented at an event attended by a large number of society members, such as a major plenary session at the society’s meeting. The member society’s web site needs to have links to its nomination process, the award recipients, and the FABBS Foundation.
The award recipients will be presented a plaque that recognizes their achievement at a major event in the member society. The award will be presented by the FABBS Council Representative or President of the member society.
The FABBS Foundation encourages donors to contribute to the FABBS Foundation in recognition of the Early Career Investigator Award. If an individual, business, or organization wishes to sponsor the award, please contact the FABBS Foundation President. All donors who agree to be recognized will be identified at the award presentation and on the FABBS Foundation site as supporting the award.
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
How important is it for Nominees to have already increased awareness of science to the public through outreach activities or communication with the media?
This criterion is not essential but is desired because it fits the mission of the FABBS Foundation. The FABBS Foundation acknowledges that member societies differ in the extent to which and how their respective memberships work to increase awareness of our sciences to the public. For some societies, members routinely engage in outreach activities to the public (e.g., community talks, high school demos) or communication with the media (e.g., interviews, blogs). For other societies, there is a more intense focus on basic research that has an indirect or long-range impact on society. However, even for the latter societies, it is likely that the research can be articulated in a fashion that clarifies its benefit to society. FABBS Foundation will work with the member societies and award recipients to disseminate the research to public audiences.
How many awards will be given each year?
Each society in the rotation scheme will have one award recipient.
Who makes the final decision on whether a Nominee will receive the award?
The FABBS member society will make the final decision. The role of the FABBS Foundation is to work with the member society and award winner to disseminate the research to the public.