There has been some confusion over the eligibility criteria for the Masters and PhD Graduate New Investigator Awards, and the David Winter Early Career Investigator Award in relation to NACOB 2022. Please see the clarifications below. (This is the same information that was communicated via email.)
Recall, with the extension of the NACOB abstract submission, the above named awards’ deadlines were also changed to January 27, 2022. During the NACOB abstract submission process, you need to indicate that you are applying for one of these awards. The CSB-SCB Awards Committee will accept accompanying application documentation up to February 3, 2022. Award details can be found here.
Clarification on the eligibility criteria for the Masters and PhD Graduate New Investigator Awards:
(f) The application for the award is submitted for the CSB-SCB conference which is before or immediately follows the date of the student’s graduation, i.e., since the conference is biennial, an application might be submitted nearly two years following the student’s graduation date and still be eligible (excluding any parental or other official leaves of absence). Due to the pandemic, the CSB-SCB conference date that will be used in determining eligibility for these awards is the original 2020 CSB-SCB conference date of August 11, 2020. However, the submitted abstract/research must be different than the submissions to the CSB-SCB 2021 conference (as is the case for all CSB-SCB/peer-reviewed conferences).
Clarification on the eligibility criteria for the David Winter Early Career Investigator Award:
(d) The research submitted for evaluation was at least partially conducted whilst the applicant was a CSB/SCB member and/or conducted at Canadian institution within 6 years prior to the 2022 NACOB conference and within 6 years of completing a doctoral degree (excluding any parental or other official leaves of absence). Due to the pandemic, the Awards Committee will be considering the impact of COVID as a career interruption (applicants need to explain if and how they experienced a career interruption due to COVID).
If after reading these clarifications you realize you are eligible for one of the above awards and would like to apply BUT you have already submitted your abstract to NACOB 2022, please contact Stacey Acker the CSB-SCB Secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org by January 27 and indicate which award you want to apply to, and then submit the accompanying application documentation by February 3 (be sure to include a copy of the abstract you submitted).
Recall, the application deadlines for the CSB/SCB Career Award and CSB/SCB Scholars recognition have not changed (remain the 21st February 2022).