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Obesity Society Awards

Awards to USA, Canada, and International Individuals
and Organizations for Weight-Related Health Research

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Deadline Date:

07/15/20

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Awards to USA, Canada, and International individuals and organizations to honor substantial contributions in the field of obesity. Recipients may be honored for work that furthers the basic science, prevention, and treatment of obesity. Eligible award areas include, but are not limited to, public policy, research, patient care, mentorship, scholarship, and education.

The Obesity Society (TOS) offers awards to promote, reward and encourage the kinds of research and services conducted in the field of obesity.

TOS offers the following awards: 

Named Award Descriptions:

Atkinson-Stern Award for Distinguished Public Service recognizes an individual or organization whose work has significantly improved the lives of those affected by obesity, whether through research, public policy, patient care, or other means.  To be eligible for the award, the recipient must be a TOS member in good standing.

The George A. Bray Founders Award recognizes an individual for significant contributions that advance the scientific or clinical basis for understanding or treating obesity and for extensive involvement with The Obesity Society. The award is presented during a plenary session at ObesityWeek® where the recipient is invited to present the George A. Bray Founders Award Lecture. To be eligible for the award, the recipient must be a TOS member in good standing.

The George A. Bray Master’s Thesis Award recognizes one student for their master’s thesis that was successfully defended by the date of application submission. Applications will be judged on significance, relevance/potential impact in the field of obesity, scientific methodology, writing quality, overall approach and scope and innovation. The awardee will be acknowledged at ObesityWeek during the George A. Bray Founders Award Lecture. To be eligible for the award, the recipient must be a TOS member in good standing.

The George A. Bray Doctoral Dissertation Award recognizes one student for their doctoral dissertation that was successfully defended by the date of application submission. Applications will be judged on significance, relevance/potential impact in the field of obesity, scientific methodology, writing quality, overall approach and scope and innovation.  The awardee will be acknowledged at ObesityWeek during the George A. Bray Founders Award Lecture. To be eligible for the award, the recipient must be a TOS member in good standing.

The TOPS Research Achievement Award recognizes an individual for singular achievement or contribution to research in the field of obesity.The award is presented during a concurrent session at which time the recipient will present the TOPS Research Achievement Award Lecture.

The Friends of Albert (Mickey) Stunkard Lifetime Achievement Award is designed to recognize people who, like Mickey Stunkard, have made a lifetime of outstanding contributions to the field of obesity in terms of scholarship, mentorship, and education. The award is presented during a concurrent session and the recipient will present the Friends of Albert Stunkard Lifetime Achievement Award Lecture. To be eligible for the award, the recipient must be a TOS member in good standing.

Thomas A. Wadden Award for Distinguished Mentorship honors a mid-career or senior TOS member for distinguished mentorship of the Society’s early career investigators. The award is named for Professor Thomas Wadden, PhD, who has mentored many individuals who pursued successful careers in obesity research and clinical care. To be eligible for the award, the recipient must be a TOS member in good standing.

Abstract-Based Award Descriptions:

Ethan Sims Young Investigator Award recognizes excellence in research by young investigators based on their submitted abstracts and presentation during ObesityWeek. Each year, five finalists who are TOS members are selected during the Call for Abstracts. The finalists are invited to present their oral abstracts during a concurrent session where the award is presented. 

The Rolls-Simons Travel Award is part of The Obesity Society’s commitment to young investigators in the field of obesity research. The recipients who are students or post-doctoral TOS members will be reimbursed in travel costs to attend the current ObesityWeek.

Early Career Travel Award supports early career investigators in their efforts to contribute to the field of obesity. 

The Foster-Schauer International Travel Award is provided to non-US, early career investigators or students who present at ObesityWeek. The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and The Obesity Society select one recipient each, respectively, at their annual meeting. To qualify, you must be a TOS early career or student member, reside outside of the United States, and travel to ObesityWeek to present your oral or poster abstract. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 158739

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Atkinson-Stern Award for Distinguished Public Service: The recipient receives a plaque and a $1,000 award.
- The George A. Bray Founders Award: The recipient receives a plaque and a $1,000 award.
- The George A. Bray Master’s Thesis Award: The recipient will be reimbursed the cost of registration for the current ObesityWeek® and receive a $500 award.
- The George A. Bray Doctoral Dissertation Award: The recipient will be reimbursed the cost of registration for the current ObesityWeek® and receive a $500 award.
- The TOPS Research Achievement Award: The recipient receives a $5,000 award along with a plaque and will be reimbursed up to $1,000 to cover travel for the current ObesityWeek.
- The Friends of Albert (Mickey) Stunkard Lifetime Achievement Award: The recipient receives a plaque and a $1,000 award.
- Thomas A. Wadden Award for Distinguished Mentorship: The recipient receives a plaque along with a $1,000 award.
- Ethan Sims Young Investigator Award: Five finalists will each be reimbursed up to $1,000 to cover travel expenses for the current ObesityWeek. The winner will be awarded an additional $1,000.
- The Rolls-Simons Travel Award: Recipients will be reimbursed up to $1,000 in travel costs to attend the current ObesityWeek.
- Early Career Travel Award: Two winners who are TOS members will be reimbursed up to $1,000 to assist with ObesityWeek travel-related expenses.
- The Foster-Schauer International Travel Award: The recipient will be reimbursed up to $2,500 to cover travel expenses.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Award recipients must be members of the TOS (The Obesity Society), which includes approximately 2,800 members worldwide.These members range from early career to established members of the field, including basic and clinical researchers, clinicians and care providers, educators, early career investigators, and students. (For information regarding membership, see https://www.obesity.org/membership/.)

Self-nominations will not be accepted

Nominations must be supported by at least two current members of The Obesity Society

A nominator should not submit a nominee for multiple awards in a given calendar year

Pre-Application Information:

Please submit named award nominations to grantsandawards@obesity.org by July 15, 2020.

Named award nominations must include:

1. A letter of recommendation addressed to TOS Awards Committee. The letter must be signed by two members of The Obesity Society and state:
- Reasons for nominating the individual
- The nominee’s qualifications for the selected award
- An overall summary of the nominee’s contributions to the field of obesity
2. The nominee’s complete CV.
3. TOS Awards Committee encourages additional letters to support the nomination.

Additional requirements for George A. Bray Master’s Thesis and Doctoral Dissertation Awards:

- A PDF copy of the applicant’s complete master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation (respectively) successfully defended by date of application submission
- A signed (by committee chair and student) one-page TOS application form attesting to the successful defense

About the TOS: https://www.obesity.org/about-us/

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

- Please submit named award nominations to grantsandawards@obesity.org.
- For George A. Bray Master’s Thesis and Doctoral Dissertation Awards, please submit the application form found in Supporting Documents below to the above email address.

The Obesity Society
1110 Bonifant Street, Suite 500/
Silver Spring, MD 20910
(301) 563-6526
contact@obesity.org

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

Canada: Alberta;   British Columbia;   Manitoba;   New Brunswick;   Newfoundland and Labrador;   Northwest Territories;   Nova Scotia;   Nunavut;   Ontario;   Prince Edward Island;   Quebec;   Saskatchewan;   Yukon;

Israel

International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.

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