Mid-Career Investigator Award

Aim
The purpose of the ISBF’s Mid-Career Investigator Award is to recognize a mid-career investigator who has made significant scientific contributions to the field of biofabrication.

Award Eligibility
The nominated individuals must have received their terminal degree 5 years or more from the time of the award and be actively contributing to the field of biofabrication. An individual nominated for the ISBF’s Mid-Career Investigator Award MUST be an active registered member of the ISBF and MUST physically attend the 2023 Biofabrication Conference in Saskatoon, Canada.

Award Criteria
The Prize will be awarded to a senior investigator that has addressed one or more of the following topics in their research:

  • design, synthesis and/or characterization of new printable biomaterials
  • design, fabrication and/or validation of novel biomedical devices and/or fabrication processes
  • implementation of novel physical, mathematical or informatics models for the prediction, characterization and and/or analysis of biomedical devices
  • development of novel tools for biofabrication
  • development of novel in vitro biofabricated models
  • development of novel applications or the translation of biofabricated constructs to preclinical or clinical practice
  • industrial realization of a device, process or materials for applications in Biofabrication

Prize
The ISBF Awards Committee will select the Mid-Career Investigator. The award winner receives

  • Invitation to speak for 15 minutes at the Biofabrication 2023 Closing Ceremony
  • $1000 honorarium
  • A plaque

Application procedures and deadlines

  1. Each candidate is nominated in secret by at least one ISBF society member that sends the nomination via a single e-mail message to the Awards Committee Chair, Dr. Gabriella Lindberg ([email protected]) or, if Dr. Gabriella Lindberg is a nominee or nominator, to the ISBF President, Dr. Tim Woodfield ([email protected]).
  2. The society members that nominate a candidate should also provide the following as a single *.PDF file:
    1. Affiliation and Contact – no more than one page (form on the Biofabrication Awards webpage)
    2. Curriculum Vitae – no more than 5 pages (11 point font, 0.5 inch margins)
    3. Three letters of recommendation
    4. One page summary of the nominee’s major accomplishments (0.5 inch margins, 11 point font).
  3. The nomination messages must have a send date and time no later than 11PM (US Pacific time) August 1, 2023. Notification of Award: August 28th, 2023.

Selection Criteria
The candidatures will be examined and evaluated on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Overall level of productivity in the area of Biofabrication – The candidate’s number of publications, books, citations and h index should be extensive together with evidence of international fellowships, keynotes/pleanries and sustained funding support.
  • Significant contribution to the area of Biofabrication – The candidate’s contributions to the field should extend beyond their individual research, and can include commitment to ongoing professional development and workkforce development (PhD students and postdocs), leadership roles, service to the scientific community and/or their ability to work collaboratively with others in the field to drive the discovery and implementation of new phenomena.
  • Innovation in the field of Biofabrication – The candidate’s research should have made a significant impact on the field, which should demonstrate innovation, creativity or ideas that advance the field of biofabrication and the adoption or implementation of their work by others.
  • Other achivments and contributions to ISBF – The awards commitee may consider other contributions, which can include the candidate’s service to the society, contribution to positive change, outreach and work to increase ISBF’s international standing.

Review Committee Decision and Announcement
The Awards Committee consists of 7 members of the International Society of Biofabrication. If one of the candidates is on the Awards Committee, they cannot participate in the review or final decision. If a nominator is on the Awards Committee, they cannot vote on or discuss their nominee but can rank the other nominees.