SBIC Awards

SBIC Early Career Award

The Society of Biological Inorganic Chemistry invites nominations for the SBIC Early Career Award. The SBIC Early Career Award will be awarded annually and the two most recent Awardees will present award lectures at the next ICBIC. The award will be presented to an early career scientist (no more than 15 years post-Ph.D. at the nomination deadline) who has already accomplished distinguished research in biological inorganic chemistry. Nominations are solicited from the biological inorganic chemistry community. To be eligible for the award, the candidate must hold SBIC membership since the prior ICBIC. The selection will be made by a review panel consisting of the SBIC President, Past President, and five additional senior SBIC members, representative of all areas, both scientific and geographic.

TBA, 2017
Christian Hartinger, University of Auckland, 2016
Serena DeBeer, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion, Germany, 2015

Akif Tezcan, University of California, San Diego, 2014
Oliver Einsle, University of Frieburg, Germany, 2013
Carsten Krebs, Penn State University, 2012
Christopher J. Chang, UC Berkeley, 2011
Chuan He, University of Chicago, 2010
Frank Neese, University of Bonn, Germany, 2009
J. Martin Bollinger, Pennsylvania State University, 2008
Yi Lu, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2007

Award Details
SBIC Early Career Awardees will receive a US$2,000 prize and a commemorative plaque. Supplemental funding by corporate sponsors is allowed. In addition, the two most recent Awardees will be invited to present an "SBIC Early Career Award Lecture" at the following ICBIC. We expect this to become a highly competitive and valuable recognition of excellence in our field.

The deadline for receipt of nominations is December 31 of each calendar year. The selection will be completed by the following February 15 and announced immediately thereafter. The official award ceremony will be at the next International Conference on Biological Inorganic Chemistry.

Nomination Procedures
Letters should be addressed and the following nomination materials submitted electronically to the contact at the bottom of this page.

  • Letter of nomination (not to exceed 3 pages) describing the accomplishments of the candidate that meet the criterion of "distinguished research in biological inorganic chemistry." Self nomination is permitted. If submitted, up to two additional letters of support will be considered.
  • Curriculum vitae of candidate, including list of publications (year of award of Ph.D. must be included)
  • Copies of no more than two publications by candidate as primary author that support the nomination

Submission Details
All materials should be submitted electronically by the deadline and addressed to the Society President.


SBIC Student Travel Grants

SBIC offers Student Travel Grants for participation in ICBIC meetings and the presentation of results (usually as a poster). Applications from graduate student SBIC members are reviewed in advance of ICBIC registration deadlines so awardees can plan travel. A limited number of grants are available and selected recipients will be notified by email.

Description of Travel Grants

  • Awards are for a fixed amount of money (currently US$500)
  • Awards are made ahead of time so they can be applied early for travel expenses
  • Awards can be used only for travel to ICBIC
  • Awards must be repaid if attendance at ICBIC is cancelled
  • Awardees will be selected to assure geographical distribution and to limit the number for any particular research group


  • Applicant must be working toward a Ph.D. or equivalent degree at time of ICBIC
  • Applicant must present poster at ICBIC; abstract submission confirmation must be provided
  • Applicant must have sponsor (e.g. major research advisor) who is a current paid member of SBIC, and who commits to provide the remainder of travel and registration costs for student's attendance
  • Applicant must be a member of SBIC to qualify for grant; membership registration concomitant with application is allowed

Application Materials

  • Student CV including educational history, list of publications, statement of current research emphasis, contact information (email address and mailing address)
  • Signed letter (on letterhead) from sponsor indicating SBIC membership and support commitment (see Criteria)
  • Poster abstract and confirmation (from ICBIC website) of acceptance of poster


  • The submission deadline for Student Travel Grants is 15 April the year of ICBIC; announcement of awards will be by 30 April of that year.
  • Submit application materials by email attachment (in a single pdf document, the filename of which begins with the applicant's last name) to the Society President.
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