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2020 AACC Research Prize Competition

Apply to win a sample set from AACC’s Universal Sample Bank

Deadline: September 15, 2020, 5 p.m. Eastern Time

This new competition aims to support AACC members whose innovative research could significantly impact laboratory medicine, patient care, and/or the healthcare system. As part of the competition, up to three winning applicants will receive:

  • One AACC Universal Sample Bank set to aid their research. These sets include either serum or lithium heparin plasma samples from more than 700 healthy individuals that are pre-screened and well-characterized.

  • The opportunity to present their research at a future AACC Annual Scientific Meeting, the world’s largest gathering for laboratory medicine.
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Who Can Apply?

The competition is open to research teams that include at least one AACC member, are affiliated with an academic institution, and whose research supports the advancement of clinical laboratory diagnosis and patient care.

For more detail on the type of research that would be a good fit for this competition, you can review the rubric that we will use to judge applicants’ proposals.

Applications will also be assessed based on the following criteria:

  • Demonstrated access to sufficient funding and laboratory infrastructure to conduct the proposed research. This prize is not intended to serve as the main source of support for a research project and is instead meant to supplement ongoing research projects that require additional materials. To be eligible for consideration, proposals that suggest new research ideas must therefore clearly outline how the remainder of the study’s funding will be sourced.

  • Career stage. Preference will be given to early-career investigators, defined as those who have completed their terminal research degree or post-graduate clinical training, whichever date is later, within the past 10 years.

  • Though not required, applicants are also encouraged to form a research team to collaborate on their project. Each team must have a minimum of one principal investigator (PI) who is primarily responsible for the research project and for handling the samples (including all necessary documents and approval from his/her institution to receive the samples) if selected.

What Comes Next After Applying?

For Conditional Awardees:

AACC will first select up to three applicants as conditional awardees and will inform them of their status by mid-October. After this, conditional awardees will have 30 days to submit supporting documentation to AACC demonstrating that they have:

  • Secured committed funding from other sources to support the proposed project.
  • Received IRB Committee approval for human subjects research.

For Winners:

Once AACC receives all supporting documents, we will confirm the award winners and announce them at the 2020 AACC Annual Scientific Meeting.

Winners must then complete their proposed research projects no later than 1 year from the day they receive their Universal Sample Bank set.

2020 prize winners must also present their study results as either an oral or poster presentation at the 2022 AACC Annual Scientific Meeting in Chicago. (Please note, however, that this is dependent on the Annual Meeting Organizing Committee accepting each winner’s abstract.)


Please reach out to Caitlin Ondracek, PhD, AACC Associate Director of Science & Practice Programs, at [email protected].