Baxter Young Investigator Awards

Baxter Young Investigator Awards

Due to Baxter's planned spinoff of a new Kidney Care Company, the Baxter Young Investigator Awards program will pause for 2023 and return in 2024.  We will reach out in the first quarter of 2024 with a call for applications that is aligned to the new organizational structure. Thank you for your interest.

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 $3,000 cash prize and an onsite visit to Baxter to present the award-winning research; second-tier awards receive a $500 cash prize. Prizes are granted based on merit of the research.

​Scope & Criteria of the Awards

Scope & Criteria of the Awards

Applications for Baxter Young Investigator Awards must describe high quality research in areas that are relevant to Baxter's portfolio. Technological (engineering and applied scientific) innovations will be also considered, as long as the innovation are applicable to the advancement of Baxter's products. Applications will be evaluated based on the following criteria: a) relevance to Baxter's portfolio; b) scientific excellence, creativity and novelty; and c) addressing unmet scientific and technological needs. Applications in the Categories of Research listed below will be considered for the Baxter Young Investigator Awards.

Research Description

Research abstracts should clearly and concisely demonstrate relevance to Baxter’s portfolio and should not exceed two pages (including figures, tables and references). In addition to the application, the applicant’s scientific advisor should submit a cover letter that confirms the student's enrollment or postdoctoral status. The letter should detail the applicant’s specific contribution to the research, distinguishing it from the efforts of other supporting team members, and establish the significance of the contribution to its relevant scientific discipline. Although the cover letter should be concise, the scientific advisor is welcome to include unique circumstances which may be relevant to the applicant’s contribution.


  • All applicants must be currently enrolled graduate students or postdoctoral fellows in North America at the time of submission and must be primarily responsible for the research described.
  • All first-tier recipients must commit to orally presenting their results as part of the annual Baxter Young Investigator Awards ceremony, which will be held in early November at Baxter's research park located in Round Lake, Illinois. 

Details & Conditions

The presentation will be recorded and then broadcast at a later date to Baxter's worldwide facilities. Some content may be made public through Baxter's website or through other channels. Baxter will cover the cost of travel to and from the awards ceremony for all first-tier award recipients plus one companion, as well as the cost of accommodations for the nights before and after the ceremony for those traveling from outside of the Chicago area.

Application Deadline

Research abstracts, resumes, and cover letters must be submitted via the online submission system (see links below). Incomplete submissions will not be considered for awards.

For detailed information on the therapeutic areas of interest and other instructions for the application, please see the Call for Applications.

To apply, please submit the following:

Past Winners

Categories of Research