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  • Awards

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    Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists

    The Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists acknowledge and celebrate the excellence of our most innovative young scientists and engineers. As of 2014, the Blavatnik Awards faculty competition will expand to include nominations from institutions across the United States. The Blavatnik Awards regional postdoctoral competition continues to recognize outstanding postdoctoral scientists from institutions in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. Honorees from both programs receive unrestricted funds through the generosity of the Blavatnik Family Foundation. Annual.

    James McKeen Cattell Award

    In a continuing effort to encourage and recognize high standards of dissertation research, the Psychology Section of the New York Academy of Sciences awards the James McKeen Cattell Award for outstanding doctoral dissertation in psychology. Annual.

    The Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science Research Award

    In 2012 the Sackler Institute decided to award grants for research on the links between nutrition and the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases. These grants aim to support innovative, rapid-response research studies that would add to our understanding of specific nutrition-related mechanisms responsible for non-communicable diseases (with focus on obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease), with a maximum amount of $50,000 per proposal. Annual.

    Innovation Challenges

    Biomarkers in Alzheimer's Disease Challenge Grant

    The New York Academy of Sciences is partnering with the Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation (ADDF) to issue challenge grants to accelerate drug development for Alzheimer's disease and dementia. The grants will be known as ADDF/NYAS Challenge Grants, which are aimed to incent the development and validation of short-term, sensitive biomarkers that correlate closely to clinical outcomes in Alzheimer's disease and dementia. Specific priority areas of interest will be pre-determined on an annual basis. Annual.

    Seeking to Increase Awareness and Utilization of Mental Health Services

    Scientists Without Borders, in partnership with Johnson and Johnson, is seeking the best ideas to increase the demand for and utilization of community-based and comprehensive mental health services among those suffering from depression and anxiety in low-resource settings. Solvers at all levels are encouraged to submit ideas by World Mental Health Day, October 10, 2013. For more information please visit the challenge page.

    Travel Fellowships

    Consistent with the Academy's intention to encourage highly qualified early career investigators (graduate/undergraduate students, postdocs, and junior faculty), women, racial/ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, and other individuals who traditionally have been underrepresented in science to pursue professional careers in the sciences, the Academy provides Travel Fellowships to defray (in part) the travel, lodging, and registration costs for meritorious individuals to attend and present their scholarly achievements at Academy symposia. Awardees are selected via a competitive application process. Current Travel Fellowship opportunities are listed below. Please visit the individual symposium website for further information regarding eligibility criteria and application guidelines.

    Shaping the Developing Brain: Prenatal through Early Childhood Fifth Annual Aspen Brain Forum*

    November 11-13, 2014
    New York, NY
    Application Deadline: Monday, September 15, 2014

    *Childcare grant also available.

    Diabetic Kidney Disease: Drug Discovery and Clinical Development Challenges

    December 9, 2014
    New York, NY
    Application Deadline: October 17, 2014

     

    Past Awards and Challenges

    Aspen Brain Forum Prize

    The Aspen Brain Forum Prize recognized excellence in the field of neuroscience by senior scientists and junior investigators who made innovative discoveries with broad application and impact.

    Global Dairy Data Collection Challenge

    Scientists Without Borders, in partnership with The Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science at the New York Academy of Sciences and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation are seeking bold, innovative, feasible, and scalable ideas to leapfrog existing approaches and significantly improve the collection, reporting, aggregation, and sharing of data associated with dairy production and consumption all along the smallholder dairy production value chain in, but not limited to, Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. For more information please visit the challenge page.

    Innovation in Industry Awards

    The New York Academy of Sciences Innovation in Industry Awards recognized the great contributions that young scientists and engineers in industry make to research, development, and innovation.

    Innovative Solutions to Tackle Maternal & Child Nutrition

    Scientists Without Borders, in partnership with PepsiCo, hosted a $10,000 open innovation challenge that sought effective at-home or community-based methods that would allow women to easily, affordably, and safely fortify staple foods with folic acid. Folic acid consumption prior to and during pregnancy is critical to the prevention of neural tube defects. In December 2011, Scientists Without Borders awarded $10,000 to the three winning solutions, including $6,000 to the first place idea: a proposal to triple fortify salt.

    Sustainable Packaging for Micronutrient Powders Challenge

    Scientists Without Borders, along with The Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science and DSM's humanitarian nutrition think tank, Sight and Life, partnered to host a $25,000 open innovation challenge seeking more sustainable and effective approaches for delivering micronutrient powders (MNPs) that also satisfies stringent manufacturing and cost-per-unit requirements and meets the need to protect the powders' integrity under harsh conditions. In February 2013, the $25,000 prize was divided among three winners who proposed solutions grounded in a combination of proven packaging techniques and new, innovative concepts.