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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 - 31 December each calendar year) 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.

Career breaks will be recognised, and applications are particularly encouraged from those whose career has spanned a break due to caring responsibilities or personal circumstances e.g. a period of parental/adoption leave, family commitments, illness, or other exceptional circumstances


Abhishek Dey, Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, Kolkata, India, 2019
Mi Hee Lim, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Repubic of   Korea, 2018
Peng Chen, University of Peking, China, 2017
Christian Hartinger, University of Auckland, New Zealand, 2016
Serena DeBeer, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion, Germany, 2015

Akif Tezcan, UC San Diego, USA, 2014
Oliver Einsle, University of Freiburg, Germany, 2013
Carsten Krebs, Pennsylvania State University, USA, 2012
Christopher J. Chang, UC Berkeley, USA, 2011
Chuan He, University of Chicago, USA, 2010
Frank Neese, University of Bonn, Germany, 2009
J. Martin Bollinger, Pennsylvania State University, USA, 2008
Yi Lu, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA, 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. The SBIC Early Career Award is the most competitive and valuable recognition of excellence in our field.

The deadline for receipt of nominations is December 31 of each calendar year. The Awardee will be announced immediately after the selection process has been completed. 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 in one PDF file to the contact at the bottom of this page.
•    3 Letter of nomination/support (not to exceed 2 A4 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 (one PDF file only) by the deadline and be addressed to the SBIC President.

The SBIC Early Career Award is currently open for nominations with a deadline (extended) of 31 January 2020.  Norminations to the SBIC President, Professor Sue Berners-Price at

SBIC Student Travel Grants

SBIC supports the participation of PhD and postdoc students to BIC conferences (ICBIC, EuroBIC, AsBIC, LanBIC) and other meetings and workshops in the biological inorganic chemistry field. The amount and number of travel grants may vary depending on the location of the meeting.

Applications are always handled by the respective conference organizers, and hence details on the application procedure, e.g. deadlines, amount, or usage, can be found at the respective conference websites.

General criteria and guidelines

  • Applicant must be working toward a Ph.D. or equivalent degree at the time of the meeting.
  • Applicant must present a poster or oral contribution at the meeting
  • Applicant must be a member of SBIC to qualify for grant; membership registration concomitant with application is allowed
  • Awardees are announced prior to the respective conference
  • Awards can be used only for travel or accommodation at the respective meeting
  • If paid in advance, awards must be repaid if attendance at the meeting is cancelled
  • Awardees are selected according to excellence, but also to geographical distribution and other factors that may apply. Also only a limited number of awards is given to any particular research group

Conference Support

SBIC supports conferences, workshops, and meetings in the field of Biological Inorganic Chemistry. Two types of conference support are provided; (i) for BICs (ICBIC / EuroBIC / AsBIC / LanBIC), and for (ii) all other meetings and workshops related to biological inorganic chemistry. Meetings organized and/or under the umbrella of national societies are NOT eligible for SBIC support.
To be eligible for financial support by SBIC, an official request including a cover letter, a detailed program, and plan how the SBIC support will be used has to be directed to the SBIC president.
General requirements:

  • SBIC membership of all organizers
  • participants: international and diverse in general (age, gender, research)
  • adequate female representation on PL level and the program in general
  • research diversity: all aspects of bioinorganic chemistry must be represented
  • support needs to be given out to young researchers (PhD and postdocs), being SBIC members
A fixed amount can be granted. Organizers can ask for financial support to print the book of abstracts and/or program booklet, for Student Travel Awards as well as a deficit guarantee. The latter will only be paid upon submitting a detailed financial statement as well as a justification after the meeting.
More information about SBIC financial support for BICs may be obtained from the SBIC Secretary.
All other meetings in the field of Biological Inorganic Chemistry
SBIC offers the following maximum financial support for other BIC related meetings:
  • USD 2000 for conferences
  • USD 3000 for student workshops
Application deadlines
Applications are evaluated by the SBIC Council twice a year. All materials need to be submitted electronically (one PDF file only) by the below deadlines and be addressed to the SBIC President.
  • 1 March
  • 1 October

The SBIC Council will then decide on the applications.

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