Young Investigator Award Terms of Reference

Overview and Award Criteria

The CSEP Young Investigator Award (YIA) is presented annually to an outstanding CSEP member who received the PhD or MD degree within the past 10 years. Any parental leave(s) taken since receiving their degree will not count towards the time limit. The individual must be acknowledged to have an excellent reputation throughout Canada and to have achieved notable international recognition. Candidates shall have demonstrated evidence of a sustainable program of research funding beyond the first grant cycle, publications in peer-reviewed journals that establish the candidate as an independent scientist, and evidence of training of highly qualified personnel. The candidate must be a CSEP member at the time of nomination.

A list of previous recipients can be found here.

Nomination ProcedureImage of YIA 2018 Nomination Form

Any member of CSEP may submit nominations on behalf of the applicant. A complete nomination will consist of the following:

  1. Completion of an official Nomination Form which includes:
    1. the nominator’s contact information;
    2. the nominee’s contact information;
    3. information regarding when and where the PhD or MD was obtained;
    4. a list of up to four sample publications and brief comment on the significance of each;
  2. A maximum two-page (~600 word) letter in support of the candidate’s nomination.
  3. A copy of the candidate’s curriculum vitae using the “Common CV” format.
  4. One copy of each sample publication referenced on the Nomination Form.

Selection Procedure

An evaluation committee will review all applications received prior to the submission deadline, which is usually the same date as the AGM abstract submission deadline. The committee will consist of the CSEP President (Chair) (or their designate in case of conflict) and two other senior CSEP members, one of whom will normally also be a member of the CSEP Board of Directors. Nominators may be contacted by the committee to provide additional information on the nominees. The award recipient and other nominees will be contacted by the CSEP President and informed of the competition results at least two months prior to the AGM.

Award Format

The award recipient will be expected to give a 30-minute presentation based on his/her research on the first night of the AGM. The recipient will receive a framed citation, complimentary registration, an honorarium and reimbursement of his/her expenses to attend the conference.