Baxter Young Investigator Award Program
Baxter International Inc. is a global diversified healthcare company that couples its dedication to excellence and its passion for innovation with its unique combination of expertise in medical devices, pharmaceuticals, and biotechnology to advance patient care worldwide. To celebrate and promote innovative research, Baxter sponsors an annual award program open to graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Baxter's Young Investigator Awards seek to stimulate and reward research applicable to the development of therapies and medical products that save and sustain patients' lives. Baxter invites current graduate students and post-doctoral fellows in the United States to submit descriptions of ongoing research. The Baxter Young Investigator Awards program consists of two tiers; first tier awards include a $2,000 cash prize and an onsite visit to present the award-winning research. Second tier awards will receive a $500 cash prize.
Scope and Criteria of the Award
Competitive applications will clearly and concisely describe active research that involves one or more of the following areas.
- Instrumental and Analytical Sciences: Innovative
analytical and imaging technologies and methods to determine chemical
composition and to elucidate structure from atomic to macroscopic
- 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/membranes, and computational modeling (e.g,. CFD/FEA)
of these areas. We are also requesting entries related to Human Factors
Engineering, specifically research intended to reduce healthcare related
- Pharmaceutical Sciences: Innovation in the formulation, characterization, or manufacture of pharmaceutical dosage forms, with an emphasis on injectable routes of administration, biologics/biosimilars, oncolytics and other critical care therapies, conceptually innovative mechanisms of drug delivery, lyophilization, sterilization technologies, and pharmaceutical advances that improve efficacy or patient safety.
- The selection committee will more strongly consider those projects which
clearly demonstrate direct relevance to the following therapeutic and product
- Renal, e.g., peritoneal dialysis, hemodialysis, continuous renal replacement, and multi-organ extracorporeal support
- Surgical care, e.g., hemostats, sealants and inhaled anesthetics
- Fluid systems, e.g., intravenous fluids, parenteral nutrition, oncolytics, compounding, infusion devices, and health information technology solutions and services.
The application should clearly describe the connection between the research and the above critical care therapies or products. The length should not exceed two pages (including figures and references), with 1" margins and font size ≥12pt. The applicant's scientific advisor should also send a letter that confirms the enrollment or postdoctoral status, details the applicant's contribution to the research, distinguishing it from the efforts of other supporting team members, and establishes the significance of the contribution to its relevant scientific discipline. Although these letters should be concise, the scientific advisor is welcome to discuss unique circumstances which may be relevant to the applicant's contribution.
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 15, 2015 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.
Research descriptions and letters should be submitted no later than June 30, 2015.