Awards Descriptions

Officer Nominations (Nominations are closed)

To nominate yourself or a colleague for an SFB office, please send a nomination letter and copy of the nominee's CV to: dlemyre@biomaterials.org

Job descriptions of the officer positions can be viewed under Article VI, Section 5 of the SFB Bylaws, here.

Nominators are encouraged to submit a “letter of intent” to nominate to headquarters by July 16, 2018. Although a letter of intent is not required and is not binding, the information that it contains will permit the Awards, Ceremonies and Nominations Committee to identify positions for which apparent nominations are not forthcoming, and to solicit specific nominations as needed.  Nominations will be accepted until September 21, 2018 regardless of the receipt of a letter of intent.

Award Nominations (Nominations deadline has ended)

Nominators are encouraged to submit a “letter of intent” to nominate to headquarters by July 16, 2018. Although a letter of intent is not required and is not binding, the information that it contains will permit the Awards, Ceremonies and Nominations Committee to identify awards for which apparent nominations are not forthcoming, and to solicit specific nominations as needed.  Nominations will be accepted until September 14, 2018 regardless of the receipt of a letter of intent. Any nominee to be considered for society awards with the exception of student/trainee awards must be an SFB member for at least 3 years.

The Society For Biomaterials honors its members with the following awards:

NOTE: Manuscripts and abstracts for the Outstanding Research Awards (Student and Intern), and the Young Investigator Award and Mid-Career Award will be accepted until October 15, 2018

Certification of status form

Student award flyer

Award recipient FAQs

Founders Award 

The Founders Award is based on long-term, landmark contributions to the discipline of biomaterials. The awardee will be selected from formal nominations submitted accompanied by the curriculum vitae of the candidate, two supporting letters of recommendation, and a brief bio-sketch. The awardee will be requested to submit a research or review manuscript for publication consideration in the Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. The Society reserves the right to publish the manuscript in the Journal of Biomedical Materials Research or Applied Biomaterials.

The Founders Award recipient will receive:

  • $1,000 award from the Society For Biomaterials
  • Free registration to the 2019 SFB Annual Meeting in Seattle, WA
  • Travel support up to $500 to the Society’s Annual Meeting in Seattle, WA
  • Up to four nights' hotel stay at the annual meeting hotel

Required Supplemental Documents:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Manuscript (a review manuscript will be requested of the award recipient)
  • Abstract of Manuscript submitted to the SFB Annual Meeting
  • Brief Biosketch
  • Two Supporting Letters of Recommendation

C. William Hall Award

The objective of the C. William Hall Award is to honor industry and government members of the Society For Biomaterials who have made a significant contribution to the Society and have an outstanding record in establishing, developing, maintaining and promoting the objectives and goals of the Society For Biomaterials. The award is determined from a nomination form, two supporting letters of recommendation and the curriculum vitae of the candidate.

The C. William Hall Award recipient will receive:

  • $1,000 award from the Society For Biomaterials
  • Free registration to the 2019 SFB Annual Meeting in Seattle, WA
  • Travel support up to $500 to the Society’s Annual Meeting in Seattle, WA
  • Up to four nights' hotel stay at the annual meeting hotel
  • The Society will donate $1,000 in the name of the recipient to the C. William Hall Scholarship Fund

Required Supplemental Documents:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Two Supporting Letters of Recommendation
  • Related Documentation

The Society For Biomaterials Award for Service

The objective of the Society For Biomaterials Award for Service is to honor significant service to the Society For Biomaterials in establishing, developing, maintaining and promoting its objectives and goals. This award is open to any individual, corporate or government entity, and is determined from a nomination form, summary of contributions, two supporting letters of recommendation and the curriculum vitae of the candidate (if an individual).

The Society For Biomaterials Award for Service recipient will receive:

  • $1,000 award from the Society For Biomaterials
  • Free registration to the 2019 SFB Annual Meeting in Seattle, WA
  • Travel support up to $500 to the Society’s Annual Meeting in Seattle, WA
  • Up to four nights' hotel stay at the annual meeting hotel

Required Supplemental Documents:

  • Curriculum Vitae (if an individual)
  • Summary of contributions
  • Two Supporting Letters of Recommendation
  • Related Documentation

Clemson Awards

Each year, the Society For Biomaterials solicits nominations for outstanding work in the Clemson Award categories. The history of these awards reflects the strong traditional ties between the Society For Biomaterials and Clemson University since the year 1974. The award is determined from a nomination form, two supporting letters of recommendation, and the curriculum vitae of the candidate. Awardees are selected by the Society For Biomaterials Awards, Ceremonies and Nominations Committee and confirmed by the President of Clemson University.

Clemson Award recipients will receive:

  • $1,000 award from Clemson University
  • Free registration to the 2019 SFB Annual Meeting in Seattle, WA
  • Travel support up to $500 to the Society’s Annual Meeting in Seattle, WA
  • Up to four nights' hotel stay at the annual meeting hotel

Required Supplemental Documents:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Two Supporting Letters of Recommendation
  • Related Documentation

Clemson Award for Applied Research

The accomplishment of the awardee will consist of significant utilization or application of basic knowledge in science to accomplish a significant goal in the biomaterials area. The achievement will be evidenced by the development of a useful device or material which has achieved widespread usage or acceptance, or expanded knowledge of biomaterials/host tissue relationships which have received widespread acceptance and resulted in improvements in the clinical management of disease. The award is determined from a nomination form, three supporting letters of recommendation, the curriculum vitae of the candidate, and related documentation.

Clemson Award for Basic Research

The awardee will have contributed to the basic knowledge and understanding of the interaction of materials with tissue. The contribution may employ a new theoretical concept, new material development or original study of the functioning or interactions of a material in the biological environment. The contribution will be evidenced by significant research, important original publications in the literature and/or frequent reference to and reliance on this work by subsequent researchers. The award is determined from a nomination form, three supporting letters of recommendation, the curriculum vitae of the candidate, and related documentation.

Clemson Award for Contributions to the Literature

The awardee will have made significant contributions to the literature on the science or technology of biomaterials. The importance of the contributions will be evidenced by systematic publications in technical journals, significant critical analyses and/or reviews, the frequent citations and referencing of the contributions by independent writers, and/or the publication of major works such as monographs, textbooks, bibliographies, and edited communications. The award is determined from a nomination form, three supporting letters of recommendation, the curriculum vitae of the candidate, and related documentation.

Technology Innovation and Development Award

The Technology Innovation and Development Award formally recognizes successful application of basic and Applied Biomaterials research in the development of a novel medical product or technology that significantly benefits the health and well-being of medical and surgical patients. This award will recognize an individual or team who provided key scientific and technical innovation and leadership in a novel product in which biomaterials played an important and enabling role. Although the award may go to a team of scientists and engineers, the product champion or team leader will be asked to receive the award on behalf of those being recognized.

The award was developed to acknowledge novel breakthrough products as well as products that are significant improvements over state-of-the-art. The award was developed to recognize recent product innovations, but can also recognize existing products that have a significant medical impact and which the committee feels deserves special recognition. The principles of biomaterials science, as represented by the scope of the Society's membership areas of research, should be well documented as playing a key role in developing the product or in defining the product's function and effectiveness. The product's clinical benefit and impact should be clearly established. The award is determined from a nomination form, two supporting letters of recommendation, the curriculum vitae of the candidate(s), product or technology literature, and related documentation.

The Technology Innovation and Development Award recipient will receive:

  • $1,000 award from the Society For Biomaterials
  • Free registration to the 2019 SFB Annual Meeting in Seattle, WA
  • Travel support up to $500 to the Society’s Annual Meeting in Seattle, WA
  • Up to four nights hotel accommodations at the annual meeting hotel

Required Supplemental Documents:

  • Product or Technology Literature
  • Related Documentation
  • Two Supporting Letters of Recommendation

Mid-Career Award

The Mid-Career Award recognizes an individual SFB member who has demonstrated outstanding achievements in and/or contributions to the field of biomaterials research. Candidates for the SFB Mid-Career Award must be more than 10 years and less than 20 years beyond receipt of their terminal degree (PhD or equivalent). If in academia, the candidate should not exceed the rank of Associate Professor. The awardee will be selected from formal nominations submitted, accompanied by the curriculum vitae of the candidate, three supporting letters of recommendation, limited reprints of most significant previously published work, and a manuscript in the style of the Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. (The Manuscript may be an expert opinion, perspective, topical review or a historical piece. Manuscripts not strictly focused on research are intended to encourage industry and regulatory candidacy.) 

The Mid-Career Award recipient will receive:

  • $1,000 award from the Society For Biomaterials
  • Free registration to the 2019 SFB Annual Meeting in Seattle, WA
  • Travel support up to $500 to the Society’s Annual Meeting in Seattle, WA
  • Up to four nights' hotel accommodations at the annual meeting hotel
  • Consideration for publication of paper in Journal of Biomedical Materials Research or Applied Biomaterials

Required Supplemental Documents:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Reprints of previously published work (limit to three, please)
  • Manuscript recently submitted to JBMRA (due by October 15, 2018)
  • Abstract (submitted to 2019 SFB Annual meeting by October 15, 2018) of above manuscript
  • Two Supporting Letters of Recommendation

Young Investigator Award

The Young Investigator Award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated outstanding achievements in the field of biomaterials research. Candidates for the SFB Young Investigator Award must be within 10 years of receipt of their terminal degree (PhD or equivalent). If in academia, the candidate should not exceed the rank of Assistant Professor and, if they work in an academic institution, must not be tenured at the time of nomination. The awardee will be selected from formal nominations submitted, accompanied by the curriculum vitae of the candidate, three supporting letters of recommendation, reprints of previously published work, and a manuscript in the style of the Journal of Biomedical Materials Research.

The Young Investigator Award recipient will receive:

  • $1,000 award from the Society For Biomaterials
  • Free registration to the 2019 SFB Annual Meeting in Seattle, WA
  • Travel support up to $500 to the Society’s Annual Meeting in Seattle, WA
  • Up to four nights' hotel accommodations at the annual meeting hotel
  • Consideration for publication of paper in Journal of Biomedical Materials Research or Applied Biomaterials

Required Supplemental Documents:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Reprints of previously published work (limit to three, please)
  • Manuscript recently submitted to JBMRA (due by October 15, 2018)
  • Abstract (submitted to 2019 SFB Annual meeting by October 15, 2018) of above manuscript
  • Twp Supporting Letters of Recommendation

Outstanding Research by a Hospital Intern, Resident or Clinical Fellow Award

Hospital interns, residents, clinical fellows, medical students or individuals in equivalent positions who have shown outstanding achievement in biomaterials will be considered for this award. Applicants may have already completed their program. In such cases, submitted papers must be the result of the research conducted during their internship, residency or fellowship. The manuscript must be in the style of Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. The awardee will be selected from formal nominations submitted accompanied by a Certification of Status, the curriculum of the nominee, and two supporting letters of recommendation.

The recipient will receive:

  • Certification of Award
  • Free registration to the 2019 SFB Annual Meeting in Seattle, WA
  • Travel support up to $500 to the Society’s Annual Meeting in Seattle, WA
  • Consideration for publication of paper in Journal of Biomedical Materials Research or Applied Biomaterials

Required Supplemental Documents:

  • Certification of Status (due by September 10, 2018)
  • The Curriculum of the Nominee (due by September 10, 2018)
  • Manuscript (due by October 15, 2018)
  • Abstract of Manuscript submitted to SFB Annual Meeting (Submitted to SFB by October 15, 2018)
  • Two Supporting Letters of Recommendation (due by September 10, 2018)

Student Awards for Outstanding Research

Student researchers who have shown outstanding achievement in biomaterials research may submit applications and a manuscript reporting their research. The manuscript must be in the style of Journal of Biomedical Materials Research and must be submitted in one of the following categories:

  • Undergraduate student
  • Masters or Health Science degree
  • Ph.D. degree candidate or equivalent

The awardees will be selected from formal nominations submitted accompanied by their manuscript, a Certification of Status, the curriculum vitae of the nominee, and three supporting letters of recommendation.

Each recipient will receive:

  • Certification of Award
  • Free registration to the 2019 SFB Annual Meeting in Seattle, WA
  • Travel support up to $500 to the Society’s Annual Meeting in Seattle, WA
  • Complimentary meeting registration
  • Consideration for publication of paper in Journal of Biomedical Materials Research or Applied Biomaterials

Required Supplemental Documents:

  • Curriculum Vitae (due by September 14, 2018)
  • Certification of Status (due by September 14, 2018)
  • Manuscript (due by October 15, 2018)
  • Abstract of Manuscript submitted to SFB Annual Meeting (Submitted to SFB by October 15, 2018)
  • Two Supporting Letters of Recommendation (due by September 14, 2018)

C. William Hall Scholarship

This award honors the memory of the Society's first president, Dr. C. William Hall. This student scholarship is awarded to a junior or senior undergraduate pursuing a bachelor's degree in bioengineering or a related discipline. 

The recipient will receive:

  • All SFB Annual Meeting expenses paid including airfare, hotel, transfers, registrations, and meals

Required Supplemental Documents:

  • Copy of University transcripts
  • Letter of support from advisor/mentor 
  • Brief project statement
  • Brief career goals

C. William Hall Travel Scholarship nominations are due no later than November 30, 2018.

Cato T. Laurencin Travel Fellowship

Named in honor of a distinguished member of the Society For Biomaterials, Cato T. Laurencin, MD, PhD, the travel fellowship will support undergraduate students of under-represented minorities in the field of biomaterials to attend the annual meeting of the Society For Biomaterials. 

Each recipient will receive:

  • All SFB Annual Meeting expenses paid including airfare, hotel, transfers, meals, and complimentary membership in the Society For Biomaterials

Required Supplemental Documents:

  • Copy of University transcripts
  • Letter of support from advisor/mentor 
  • Brief project statement
  • Brief career goals

Cato T. Laurencin Travel Fellowship nominations are due no later than November 30, 2018.

 

 

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