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 the application deadline. It was previously called the Early Career Life Scientist Award but was renamed in 2020 to honor Günter Blobel.
The winner will receive a $1,000 stipend, complimentary registration for the 2024 Cell Bio meeting, and an invitation to speak at the meeting.
Who is Eligible
An outstanding life scientist who has served as an independent investigator for no more than seven years as of the application deadline. Nominators and nominees must be ASCB members.
- Candidate’s contributions to and impact on the field of cell biology and the life sciences.
- Candidate’s contributions to achieving additional areas of the ASCB mission.
- Candidate’s demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
How to Apply
Applications for the 2024 award will be accepted April 15 through May 15.
APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: If you are nominating another person please obtain all required documentation from the candidate prior to proceeding.
- 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 the candidate’s achievements have contributed to the advancement of at least 2 of the 5 core elements of the ASCB mission statement, with one of the elements addressing the nature of this award. The statement should be written by the candidate.
- Two letters of support, neither longer than 2 pages.
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 Community Code of Conduct, the Honorific Code of Conduct 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.