Call for Award Applications

INSAR Awards Application Period: To Be Determined

  • Review details below for all INSAR Award categories. Some award guidelines require, or give preference to, INSAR 2020 Annual Meeting abstract submission.
  • Individuals must be current INSAR members at the time of application.
  • Attendance at the Annual Meeting is required for all awards.
  • All applications must be submitted through the online award submission system. 
  • All applications must be submitted in English

Award notifications are scheduled to be announced by March 2020.  The INSAR 2020 Annual Meeting will be held May 6-9, 2020 in Seattle, Washington, USA. English is the official language of the INSAR Annual Meeting.  

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autistic researcher travel Awards 

These travel awards were created by the INSAR Board, and approved via a review by the Community Advisory Committee, to help support autistic researchers attend and present their research at the INSAR Annual Meeting. We note that the term “autistic” is used here to respect the identity-first preference of many autistic self-advocates.

Up to 10 Autistic Researcher travel awards will be available to self-identified autistic researchers that have submitted an abstract for INSAR 2020. The award will reimburse up to $1,000 in meeting expenses (travel, lodging, registration). The autistic researcher must be presenting author on their submitted abstract to be eligible. Priority will be given to applicants that have not received this award previously. 

To apply, use the online award application system to submit an application, which includes (1) a copy of the abstract of the presentation that the researcher submitted to the INSAR 2020 Annual Meeting, (2) the approximate mileage from their location to Seattle, Washington, USA and (3) a statement regarding: (a) the impact that presenting at the INSAR meeting will have on science and on their community, (b) the impact s/he hope that their presented work will have on their own career, (c) the number and type of prior INSAR awards received; and (d) confirmation that he/she is presenting author on the submitted abstract. The applicant must also (4) click a button indicating s/he self-identifies as being autistic; no formal documentation is needed or should be submitted to support this self-identification.

Dissertation Awards

Up to two Dissertation Awards will be granted for the best dissertation in autism accepted by the university in 2019 (i.e., successfully defended). Applicants are eligible for the Dissertation Award only if they successfully defended their Dissertation (and it was accepted by their University) during calendar year 2019. These two awards will provide a stipend of up to $1,500 each. The INSAR Awards Committee will review each of the submitted dissertations, scoring them according to NIH proposal scoring standards. The dissertations with the highest scores will receive the award. To apply, use the online award application system to submit an electronic file of the dissertation, a letter of recommendation from the dissertation advisor, and a cover letter from the applicant requesting consideration. In the cover letter requesting consideration, note whether any publications have resulted from the dissertation. The awardee must attend the meeting in order to receive the award. Dissertation awardees will be asked to present their dissertation research as a 5-minute presentation at the INSAR 2020 Annual Meeting. 

Young Investigator Awards

Up to two Young Investigator Awards will be made for the best empirical research papers published or in press in the year 2019 by an investigator who has been awarded their Ph.D. or M.D. in the past seven years.  Applicants are eligible for the Young Investigator Award only if their doctoral degree (e.g., PhD or MD) was awarded no more than 7 years prior to the submission deadline for this award. These two awards will provide a stipend of up to $1,500 each. The INSAR Awards Committee will review each of the competing papers. The paper with the highest score will receive the awards. To apply use the online award application system to submit a copy of the paper, your CV and a cover letter requesting consideration.  In the cover letter, please specify your contribution to the paper (e.g., conceived of the project, collected the data, completed the analysis, primary responsibility for writing, etc.).  Individuals who have won the Young Investigator Award previously are not eligible to re-apply.  

Diversity Awards / Low Income Countries travel Awards (including Early Career)

Up to 45 Diversity / Low Income Countries Travel Awards (including Early Career)  will be provided to individuals who are currently members of INSAR, studying in or working in autism research in health-related institutions, universities, public agencies or other stakeholder-related activities. The awards will be given to persons from racial, ethnic, and disability groups that have been historically under-represented in the sciences in their home country. This category of awards has been expanded to include funding for Early Career** applicants from low income countries. The awards will provide a travel reimbursement of up to $1,000 for individuals from North America, Europe and other parts of the developed world; for individuals from low income, low middle income and upper middle income countries, the travel reimbursement will be up to $1,500.

The purpose of the awards is to increase the participation of individuals currently underrepresented in the biomedical, clinical, behavioral and social sciences, defined as:

  1. individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups
  2. individuals from low income, low-middle income, and upper-middle income countries*
  3. Early career researchers** from low income countries
  4. individuals with disabilities, including autism.   

To apply, use the online award application system to submit a letter stating:  (1) the rationale for requesting the award and stating if you are an Early Career** Researcher (as defined below), (2) the autism-research or other stakeholder related activities in which they are engaged, (3) a CV/resume, (4) statement that specifies the number of prior INSAR awards they have won, including the type of award and number of times; (5) statement regarding whether they are applying for any other awards this year, and (6) a copy of the abstract (authored or co-authored) which was submitted to the INSAR 2020 Annual Meeting. 

If there are more applicants than awards, distance traveled and scientific activities may also be used to make award decisions. Applicants who have already received this award twice will not be eligible.

IMPORTANT Submission Instructions for Diversity / Low Income Country Awards 

One category covers both of these awards in the online submission system.  This is done so individuals do not apply for both.  When applying online, there are some questions that are required to answer but may specifically apply to criteria for one of the two awards. New this year there is a checkbox to indicate “Early Career” status:

  • Diversity:  For individuals from North America, Europe, and other parts of the developed world.
  • Individuals from Low-Income Countries:  For individuals from countries identified by the World Bank as low-income, lower-middle income and upper-middle income.
  • Early Career**:  Faculty or nonacademic INSAR Full members who have completed their formal training (i.e. terminal degree, postPhD fellowship or postdoctoral fellowship, medical residency, or other specialized training) within the past 10 years.  (Advanced postdocs, those beyond their first postdoc, are encouraged).

Student / Trainee travel Awards

Up to 60 Student/Trainee Travel Awards will be available to undergraduate students, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, medical students and residents actively engaged in autism research. The award will provide a $500 stipend.  Student/Trainee must be presenting author on their submitted abstract to be eligible. The first priority will be given to student/trainees who have not received an INSAR Student Award before. Student/Trainees who received the award more than once before will not be eligible. The distance traveled will be considered when making decisions. Citizens of all nations are welcome to apply.

To apply, use the online award application system to submit a request which includes (1) a copy of the abstract of the presentation that the student/trainee is submitting to the INSAR 2020 Annual Meeting, (2) the name of their advisor and university, (3) the approximate mileage from their location to Seattle, Washington, USA and (4) a statement regarding: (a) the number and type of prior INSAR awards received; and (b) confirmation that he/she is presenting author on the submitted abstract and (c) whether or not he/she has applied for any other awards this year, and if so, which one(s).

The Student membership category includes RAs and others, view details online. 

Student / Trainee Workshop travel Awards

Up to 15 Student /Trainee Workshop Travel Awards will be available to current Student members that will be attending the INSAR 2020 Annual Meeting and the Student / Trainee Workshop (prior to INSAR 2020). The award will provide a $200 stipend.  The first priority will be given to Student Members who are traveling from a distance to attend the pre-conference workshop and may require additional hotel accommodations (i.e., people traveling from distances and time zones that would make it impossible for them to depart from their origin and arrive in Seattle, Washington, USA by 12:00 pm on the same day, thus requiring hotel accommodations the night before in order to attend the pre-conference).  Citizens of all nations are welcome to apply.

To apply, use the online award application system to submit an application stating: 1) how attending this workshop will help to further their research career goals, 2) the City. State, Country of their location and its approximate mileage to Seattle, Washington, USA and 3) whether they are a presenting author on a submitted abstract to the INSAR 2020 Annual Meeting (include a copy of the abstract), 4) whether you were awarded an INSAR travel award in a prior year. 

Awardees need to register for the INSAR 2020 Annual Meeting once registration opens and pre-register for the 2020 Student /Trainee Pre-Conference Workshop.  

The Student membership category includes RAs and others, view details online. 

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