Günter Blobel Early Career Award

About the Award

This award is given to an outstanding life scientist who has served as an independent investigator for no more than seven years as of May 17. It was previously called the Early Career Life Scientist Award but was renamed in 2020 to honor Günter Blobel.

Award Details

The winner will speak in a Minisymposium at Cell Bio Virtual 2021- An Online ASCB|EMBO Meeting and will be presented with a plaque and $1,000 check following the conclusion of the meeting. Travel, lodging, and meeting registration are included.

Who is Eligible

An outstanding scientist who has served as an independent investigator for no more than seven years as of May 17. Nominators and nominees must be ASCB members.

Nominees for and recipients of ASCB honorific awards and prizes are expected to exemplify and to continue to exemplify the highest standards of professional conduct. Letters of support should explicitly address whether a nominee’s professional conduct over their career embodies the principles and expectations noted in ASCB’s Mission Statement, the Anti-Harassment Policy and the Workforce Diversity Statement.

As a founder of the Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA https://sfdora.org/) , the ASCB does not use journal impact factors or other journal-based metrics in the evaluation process for its award candidates. The ASCB looks at an individual’s research contributions and impact on the field, rather than the prestige of the journals where work is published.

How to Apply

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

Applications are now closed.  AWARD WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON SEPTEMBER 1, 2021.

  • A biosketch that follows the NIH (or similar format) no longer than 5 pages.
  • A narrative statement of no more than 2 pages that addresses how your, or your nominee’s, achievements have contributed to the advancement of at least 3 of the 5 core elements of the ASCB mission statement, with one of the elements addressing the nature of this award.
  • No more than 3 letters of support, none longer than 2 pages. At least one of the supporting letters must be from someone who is neither a collaborator, former trainee, nor mentor of the candidate; and who is at a different institution than the candidate.

All Recent Awardee Photos

Award Winners

  • 2021—Rushika Perera
  • 2020—James Olzmann
  • 2019—Cignall Kadoch
  • 2018—Sergiu Pasca
  • 2017—Meng Wang
  • 2016—Valentina Greco
  • 2016—Bo Huang
  • 2015—Vladimir Denic
  • 2014—Manuel Thery
  • 2013—Douglas B. Weibel
  • 2012—Iain Cheeseman and Gia Voeltz
  • 2011—Maxence V. Nachury
  • 2010—Anna Kashina
  • 2009—Martin W. Hetzer
  • 2008—Arshad B. Desai
  • 2007—Abby Felicia Dernburg
  • 2006—Karsten Weis
  • 2005—Eva Nogales
  • 2003—Frank Gertler
  • 2002—Kathleen Collins and Benjamin Cravatt
  • 2001—Daphne Preuss
  • 2000—Erin O’Shea
  • 1999—Raymond Deshaies