Harry M. Vars and Promising Investigator Awards


  • Any Early Career Investigator submitting an Original Abstract to CNW
  • An applicant is considered an Early Career Investigator if he/she is within 10 years of completing a terminal research degree or medical residency (or the equivalent). ASPEN's definition adheres to NIH's guidelines for New Investigators.
  • Encore and Late-breaking abstracts are ineligible

Application Information  

  • Review detailed information on the Evaluation Criteria and Responsibilities of the award.
  • Submit abstracts to CNW’s abstractsubmission site, and select the option to be considered for the awards.
  • ASPEN’s Abstract Review Committee selects top-scoring abstracts; selected applicants present their abstract during the Premier Paper Session at CNW.
  • Prior to CNW, selected applicants expand their abstract into manuscripts, which must be complete and acceptable for publication in JPEN. Manuscript submission does not guarantee publication in JPEN.
  • The ASPEN Research Committee selects the Vars Award winner and the Promising Investigator Award winner based on review of candidates’ manuscripts and presentations at the CNW Premier Paper Session.

The Awards Include

  • $1,000 and the Harry M. Vars Award plaque presented at the Research Awards Ceremony at CNW.
  • $750 and the Promising Investigator Award certificate at the Research Awards Ceremony at CNW.

View the 2017 Harry M. Vars Award Winner, Promising Investigator Award Winner, and Vars Candidates