Harry M. Vars and Promising Investigator Awards

Eligibility 

  • Any Early Career Investigator submitting an Original Abstract to the ASPEN Nutrition Science & Practice Conference
  • ASPEN considers an applicant an Early Career Investigator if he/she is within 10 years of completing a terminal research degree or medical residency, or end of post-graduate clinical training (or the equivalent). Career status adapted from NIH's guidelines for New Investigators.
  • Applicants must be at or below the rank of assistant professor
  • Must not have obtained funding larger than trainee level grant funding from a large governing research body such as the NIH. https://grants.nih.gov/policy/early-investigators/list-smallergrants.htm
  • Prior Vars Award Winners will not be considered
  • Encore abstracts are ineligible
  • Candidate demonstrates excellence via manuscript submitted to JPEN no later than January 16, 2019, and oral presentation at the ASPEN Nutrition Science & Practice Conference's Premier Paper Session. Vars candidate (Presenter) must be listed as the first author in the abstracts author list.

Application Information  

  • Review detailed information on the Evaluation Criteria andResponsibilities of the award.
  • Submit abstracts to the ASPEN Nutrition Science & Practice Conference abstract submission 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 the ASPEN Nutrition Science & Practice Conference.
  • Prior to the ASPEN Nutrition Science & Practice Conference 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 (given to the runner-up in the competition) based on review of candidates’ manuscripts and presentations at the ASPEN Premier Paper Session.

The Awards Include

  • $1,000 and the Harry M. Vars Award plaque presented at the Rhoads Research Lecture and Ceremony at the ASPEN Nutrition Science & Practice Conference.
  • $750 and the Promising Investigator Award certificate at the Rhoads Research Lecture and Ceremony at the ASPEN Nutrition Science & Practice Conference.

View the 2018 Harry M. Vars Award Winner, Promising Investigator Award Winner, and Vars Candidates