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Award Description

The Translational Research Award (TRA) recognizes trainees at both the pre-doctoral and postdoctoral educational levels whose area of experimental research is translatable to industry applications:

  • treatment development or improvement,
  • diagnosis,
  • mechanism of action,
  • health and wellness.

These awards are presented at the APS annual meeting at Experimental Biology (EB).

  • Applicants must be a U.S. graduate student or equivalent holding a bachelor’s degree and enrolled in subsequent training OR
  • Completion of program leading to doctorate degree.
  • Applicant’s sponsor must be an APS member in good standing at the time of application.
  • Membership is not required for applicants.


Application materials include:

  • A completed profile;
  • A copy of their first author abstract submitted to the EB meeting; and
  • One-page essay on project, contribution and career goals.

Completed applications will be reviewed by members of the Physiologist in Industry Committee (PIC).

Applications will be evaluated on:

  • their first-author EB meeting abstract; and
  • supplementary description of the translation nature of their project and its potential utility for future research, their contribution to the work and their career goals (1 page maximum).

Additional documents:

Awardees are allowed to receive the Translation Research Award only once as a pre-doctoral student and once as a postdoctoral fellow.

Applications are only accepted via online submission.

Award at a Glance

Award amount: Advanced EB registration reimbursement to the APS annual meeting at Experimental Biology (EB) and $500 (pre-doctoral) or $800 (postdoctoral Award)

Application deadline: November 14

Questions? Contact: Education and Member Communities Department

Who can apply: Students who are enrolled in a full-time U.S. graduate program leading to a doctorate degree or completed doctoral program. Applicant does not have to be an APS member; sponsor must be APS member.

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