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Awards and Grants

The SLAS Educational Fund

Education is a key element of the SLAS mission. To underscore this importance, in 2015 SLAS established the SLAS Educational Fund to facilitate educational opportunities for deserving students who aspire to become professional scientists and researchers that develop and utilize innovative technologies. The SLAS Educational Fund provides scholarships and grant funding to qualified institutions that enable learning opportunities to students from across the globe. Please consider joining SLAS in this effort by making a tax-deductible contribution to the SLAS Educational Fund. Read more and make a donation.

To support the outstanding work being done by FIRST teams, SLAS is offering a limited number of $500 team grants available on a first applied-for, first-served basis.

FIRST’s mission is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills that inspire innovation and foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.

Applications for these grants must be personally endorsed by a dues-paid SLAS member actively engaged as a coach or mentor in a local FIRST team.

SLAS Innovation Award
The SLAS Innovation Award is a $10,000 cash prize recognizing the work behind that one unique and special podium presentation at the SLAS Annual Conference that proves to be exceedingly innovative and contributes to the exploration of technologies in the laboratory, exceeds a benchmark or milestone in screening or the lead discovery process, or demonstrates an advanced and integrated use of mature technologies. [Past Honorees]

SLAS New Product Award
These awards showcase up to three products exhibited at the SLAS Annual Conference and Exhibition based on market opportunity, extraordinary technical originality, quality supporting data and impact on laboratory automation and screening. [Past Honorees]

Awards for Students and Early Career Professionals

SLAS Graduate Education Fellowship Grant Program
Launched in 2015, this Program provides direct support to outstanding students pursuing graduate degrees related to quantitative biosciences and/or life sciences R&D. Qualifying educational institutions are eligible to apply for grants of up to $50,000 per year, for a maximum of two years, on behalf of specific students enrolled in that institution’s graduate program. Applications are due in the fall and awarded in spring of the following year. Read more.

SLAS Tony B. Academic Travel Awards
This annual scholarship program comprises funding for travel, lodging and registration for the SLAS Annual Conference and Exhibition for students, graduate students, post-doctoral associates and junior faculty with less than four years in their first academic appointments. Awards are based on the quality of proposed presentation abstracts, relevance of the research to laboratory automation and screening, and a personal statement of the conference's value.

SLAS Student Poster Competition
Student posters presented at SLAS Annual Conference and Exhibition are judged on quality and relevance.  Student poster presenters are all eligible for the Student Poster Competition, in which the top three posters are recognized.  Winners each receive a cash prize of $500.  Read more

Nonprofit Support Request Program

SLAS Financial Support for Approved Nonprofit Programs
SLAS is prepared to objectively consider financial and/or in-kind support for educational initiatives, events and/or special projects that appropriately complement the SLAS mission and goals.

To be considered, complete an official application form and return it to:

Greg Dummer
Chief Executive Officer
Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening
100 Illinois Street, Suite 242
St. Charles, IL 60174
Tel: +1.877.990.SLAS (7527)
       +1.630.256.SLAS (7527)
Fax: +1.630.741.SLAS (7527)