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Award Description

The Scientific Achievement Award in Drug Discovery and Development recognizes outstanding investigators that have made significant contributions in drug discovery, translational and/or drug development science. This can include investigators who have developed technologies, methods or processes that have enhanced the process of drug discovery or enabled accelerated drug development. Contributions to any therapeutic area or therapeutic modality (small molecule, oligonucleotide, gene therapy, biologic or drug-device combination) will be considered.

The award consists of:

  • Invitation to deliver a symposium talk at a Drug Discovery and Development programming event during the ASPET Annual Meeting.
  • Reimbursement of up to $1,000 in travel expenses to the ASPET Annual Meeting.
  • Complimentary registration to the ASPET Annual Meeting.
  • A plaque commemorating awardee’s scientific accomplishments in the field.


  • The primary nominator must be an ASPET member in good standing.
  • The candidate must be an ASPET member in good standing.
  • Candidates are welcome from academia, industry, government, or other organizational affiliations.
  • No candidate may receive more than one ASPET award in any given year.
  • The current division chair and secretary/treasurer and the ASPET Council president and secretary/treasurer are ineligible for division awards during their active tenure.


Selection will be made by the Executive Committee of the Division for Drug Discovery and Development.

Nomination Materials

Nominations shall be submitted using the ASPET Award Portal by using the login box below.

Nominations shall consist of:

  1. A primary nomination letter from an ASPET member detailing the nominee’s scientific accomplishments in the field of drug discovery and development.
  2. Two additional letters of support (can be from ASPET members or nonmembers.)
  3. Three bodies of work representing the awardee's work. These could be peer-reviewed published articles, patents, FDA letters, etc. Each should be provided as separate PDF. 
  4. The candidate's curriculum vitae in PDF.
  5. A brief biographical summary of the candidate and the importance of his/her work for use in award winner announcements (in no more than 150 words.)

If any of the following relationships exist between the nominator and the candidate, you are encouraged to disclose it in your letter of nomination:  family member, spouse, partner; current dean, departmental chair, or postdoctoral or graduate advisor; current business or financial relationship (e.g., business partner, employer, employee); research collaborator or co-author within the last three years; work at the same institution or having accepted a position at the same institution; previous graduate student or postdoctoral fellow in the last five years; or if either are currently serving on the award selection committee for this award.

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Nomination Deadline

Award nominations for the 2023 award are by Thursday, September 15, 2022.

Prior Recipients

Craig W. Lindsley
Jonathan Baell
Francis S. Willard
2022Colleen Niswender

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