Key to SLAS’s mission is nurturing scientific innovation by rewarding and assisting the next generation of innovators through our grants and awards programs.
Education is a key element of the SLAS mission. The SLAS Educational Fund facilitates 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. The SLAS Educational Fund is supported through tax-deductible contributions, special events (annual FUNd Run) and other donations.
This grant 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.
This annual scholarship program comprises funding 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, the relevance of the research to laboratory automation and screening, and a personal statement of the conference's value.
Student posters presented during the 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.
These awards showcase up to three products exhibited during the SLAS Annual Conference and Exhibition based on market opportunity, extraordinary technical originality, quality supporting data and impact on laboratory automation and screening.
The SLAS Innovation Award is a $10,000 cash prize recognizing the work behind one unique podium presentation during the SLAS Annual Conference. Winners exhibit exceedingly innovative contributions to the exploration of technologies in the laboratory, exceed a benchmark or milestone in screening or the lead discovery process, or demonstrate an advanced and integrated use of mature technologies.
The SLAS Ignite Award recognizes the best start-up or emerging company exhibiting within Innovation AveNEW, a specially designated area within the virtual Exhibition. Companies selected for Innovation AveNEW, and who opt-in to compete for the SLAS Ignite Award, will be judged by an SLAS panel on a combination of key concepts, including their marketing plan, market presence and potential; funding prospects; plan for growth and the existence of a balanced company leadership, among other qualities.
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-paying SLAS member actively engaged as a coach or mentor in a local FIRST team.
Contact Liz Frank, SLAS Program Manager, for more information.