Baxter Young Investigator Award

Baxter International Inc. is a global diversified healthcare company that applies a unique combination of expertise in medical devices, pharmaceuticals, and biotechnology to advance patient care worldwide. To further promote innovative research, Baxter sponsors an annual award program for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Baxter's Young Investigator Awards are intended to stimulate and reward research applicable to the development of therapies and medical products that save and sustain patients' lives. Baxter invites current graduate and post-doctoral students in the Midwestern United States to submit descriptions of ongoing research. First tier awards will include a $2,000 cash prize and an onsite presentation of the award-winning research. Second tier awards will receive a $500 cash prize.

Scope and Criteria of the Award

Successful applications will describe active research that involves one or more of these topical areas, and the selection committee will give special emphasis to those projects which clearly demonstrate the potential value to save and sustain lives.

  • Instrumental and Analytical Sciences: Elucidating structure at length-scales from sub-nanometers for single molecules and molecular complexes to millimeters for medical devices by developing instrumentation or novel analytical approaches using analytical instrumentation and imaging technologies.

  • Life Sciences: Innovation in clinical pathology, pharmacology, biochemistry, pharmacokinetics and toxicological methods with an emphasis on biomarkers, in vitro alternatives to in vivo methods, and novel models of safety and efficacy with emphasis on drugs, devices or biologics.

  • Medical Device Engineering: Innovation relevant to drug preparation and administration devices, infection control and sterilization technologies, manufacturing technologies including additive manufacturing and 3-D printing, fluid mechanics of drug delivery (e.g., IV, subcutaneous, intraperitoneal), patient monitoring, sensing/ control technologies, novel medical plastics/ materials, and computational modeling (e.g,. CFD/FEA) of these areas.

  • Pharmaceutical Sciences: Driving innovation by utilizing new and existing formulation and processing methods to develop sterile products that meet patient needs. Applying technologies for solubilization and stabilization of small molecules or biologics to allow development of injectable dosage forms. Developing and implementing process analytical technologies for manufacturing or for use with drug delivery devices.

Research Description

The research description should clearly describe the connection between the research and critical care therapies. The length should not exceed two pages (including figures and references), with 1” margins and font size ≥ 12pt. The student’s scientific advisor should also send a letter or e-mail that details the enrollment or postdoctoral status, as well as their specific role in the described research.


All applicants must be currently enrolled graduate students or postdoctoral fellows and must be primarily responsible for the research described. All successful applicants must commit to briefly presenting their results at the annual Young Investigator Awards ceremony to be held on September 18, 2014 at Baxter's R&D facility located in Round Lake, Illinois.

Details and Conditions

The presentation will be recorded for broadcast at a later date and shared with Baxter's worldwide facilities. Some content may be made public through Baxter's website or through other avenues.  Baxter will cover the cost of travel to and from the awards ceremony, as well as the cost of accommodations for the nights before and after the ceremony for those traveling from outside the Chicago area.

Application Deadline

Research descriptions and letters should be submitted no later than June 30, 2014.

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