Overall Guidelines

CSCTR offer awards for abstract submissions, including trainee awards to junior faculty (Instructor or Assistant Professor level). The awards recognize outstanding scientific achievement in basic or applied sciences.

Eligibly is based on the following:

  • Recipient must be a member in good standing of either CSCTR or AFMR.
  • Award submissions only accepted until abstract deadline.
  • Only one award is given to the eligible presenting author. If presenting author qualifies for more than one award, highest award value will be given.
  • Awardee must preregister for the meeting.
  • Attend both days of the meeting.
  • Present abstract in person to receive award and for it to be printed in the Journal of Investigative Medicine.
  • When awarded, submit W-9 or W-8BEN via fax, mail, or upload to the CSCTR OneDrive.  Email is not secure.
  • CSCTR checks will be mailed within thirty (30) days after the close of the annual meeting,or signed tax form is received. Award will be forfeited if signed tax form is not received by CSCTR prior to November 1, 2024.

Award Application Deadline: January 23, 2024 Extended to January 31, 2024

Award Notification: February 23, 2024

Most awards require additional supporting materials (e.g., letters of nomination, curriculum vitae). Please read all award criteria carefully.

Can I apply for more than one award? Yes, during the abstract submission process you will be asked for which awards you are eligible. You may select all awards for which you are eligible. However, of the awards for which you are eligible, and you selected in the abstract submission form, only one award will be offered. You are unable to apply for an award after the abstract submission closes.


Outstanding Young Investigator Award

CSCTR will award $2,000 to the individual who qualifies as the 2023 Outstanding Young Investigator. The Outstanding Young Investigator will be selected from abstracts submitted for the Midwest Clinical & Translational Research Meeting. Abstracts will be scored based on independent review and determination of outstanding scientific achievement in the basic or applied sciences.

Candidate is required to:

  • Submit a signed "letter of nomination" from her/his department chairperson referencing the CSCTR Award.
  • Submit a current curriculum vitae.
  • Be available for presentation of her/his abstract as assigned in Chicago (April 8-9, 2024).

K Award

Grants for $1,000 each will be given to current K08, K23, and K30 awardees who submit as the presenting author of an abstract that is accepted for presentation.

Candidates are required to:

  • Submit proof of their K Award status.
  • Attend the meeting and present a poster or oral session during the day/time assigned.

Trainee Abstract Award

CSCTR sponsors a number of travel awards for trainees (student, resident, or fellow) and junior faculty (Instructor or Assistant Professor level) selected to present a poster or abstract at the Midwest Clinical & Translational Research Meeting.  The award is a subsidy to individuals to aid in offsetting hotel accommodations, travel, registration fees, etc.

To receive this award:

  • The abstract or informative case report must have been accepted.
  • The first author must be three years or fewer from completion of their fellowship.
  • The trainee or junior faculty must be the presenter (in person) and first author of the submitted abstract or informative case report; and attend the entire meeting in Chicago (April 8-9, 2024).
  • The author must submit a signed letter of recommendation from an immediate supervisor/director, faculty mentor, or department/division char, referencing the Trainee Award when s/he submits the abstract or informative case report.
  • For those living in the Chicagoland* area, the award includes one night hotel stay at the InterContinental, and $200 given to offset additional expenses.
  • For those living outside the Chicagoland* area, the award includes two nights hotel stay at the InterContinental, and $200 given to offset additional expenses.

*Chicagoland consists of the Chicago metropolitan area in northeastern Illinois, including Chicago and its surrounding suburbs.

Oral Abstract Award

The program committee will select several of the highest ranking abstracts from qualifying submissions to provide an oral presentation. The presenter will receive a $500 honorarium.

  • All Oral Abstract winners are required to be present for the entire meeting.


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