Innovation in Research Award

About the Award

The ASCB Innovation in Research Award recognizes early and mid-career scientists for their new and innovative research in cell biology.  Innovation for this purpose is defined as an accomplishment that has significantly impacted progress in advancing the field of cell biology that is based on work done within 3 years prior to the nomination.

Award Details

The winner will give a Minisymposium or subgroup talk and will receive complimentary registration to Cell Bio 2023 ASCB|EMBO Meeting. Recipients will also be presented with a plaque and a $1,000 stipend following the conclusion of the meeting.

Who is Eligible

ASCB members who are either early career (within seven years of appointment) or mid-career (7-15 years in an independent position) scientists.

Selection Criteria

  • Candidate’s contributions to innovative research in the field of cell biology.
  • Candidate’s contributions to achieving additional areas of the ASCB mission
  • Candidate’s demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion

How to Apply

Applications are closed for this year.


Nominees for and recipients of ASCB honorific awards and prizes are expected to exemplify and to continue to exemplify the highest standards of professional conduct. Letters of support should explicitly address whether a nominee’s professional conduct over their career embodies the principles and expectations noted in ASCB’s Mission Statement, the Community Code of Conduct, the Honorific Code of Conduct and the Workforce Diversity Statement.

As a founder of the Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA, the ASCB does not use journal impact factors or other journal-based metrics in the evaluation process for its award candidates. The ASCB looks at an individual’s research contributions and impact on the field, rather than the prestige of the journals where work is published.

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