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Baxter Young Investigator Awards

Baxter Young Investigator Awards

To celebrate and promote innovative research, we sponsor an annual awards program open to graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.

Baxter touches the lives of millions of people around the world every day. Our products and therapies can be found throughout hospitals and clinics – from the ER to the OR, from the pharmacy to the ICU – as well as advancing patients’ care in their homes. Our global footprint and the critical nature of our products and services play a key role in expanding access to life-saving and -sustaining healthcare, while maintaining our commitment to advancing the next generation of medical breakthroughs.

In this spirit, 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. We invite current graduate students and postdoctoral fellows 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 Baxter to present the award-winning research; second-tier awards receive a $500 cash prize.

​Scope & Criteria of the Awards

Scope & Criteria of the Awards

Competitive applications will describe active research performed by the applicant, which clearly and concisely demonstrates direct relevance to Baxter’s portfolio of critical therapies and/or clinical diagnostics, patients and disease states we treat. Technological and scientific developments supporting these therapeutic and diagnostic areas are also considered, to the extent that the developments are critical to the advancement of the corresponding therapy or product. Applications in the area of renal care (chronic kidney disease/acute kidney injury detection and treatment, revolutionary dialysis therapies), critical care (detection, monitoring, and/or treatment of sepsis, multi-organ failure, liver failure, lung dysfunction, acute kidney injury, acute decompensated heart failure), digital health (artificial intelligence, real-time/predictive analytics, telehealth), clinical nutrition (parenteral or enteral) and novel tissue sealants and hemostats will be given preference.

Research Description

The application should clearly describe the connection between the research and the therapies or diagnostics relevant to Baxter’s portfolio. The length should not exceed two pages (including figures and references). The applicant’s scientific advisor should also send a letter that confirms the student’s 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 held at Baxter's corporate headquarters facility located in Deerfield, Illinois.

Details & 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.

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​Application Deadline

Deadlines for research descriptions, resumes, and letters for the 2019 awards will be forthcoming

Past Winners: