Grant Applications Invited for 2016

ImageThe Chemical Structure Association (CSA) Trust is an internationally recognized organization established to promote the critical importance of chemical information to advances in chemical research. In support of its charter, the Trust has created a unique Grant Program and is now inviting the submission of grant applications for 2016.

Purpose of the Grants: 

The Grant Program has been created to provide funding for the career development of young researchers who have demonstrated excellence in their education, research or development activities that are related to the systems and methods used to store, process and retrieve information about chemical structures, reactions and compounds. One or more Grants will be awarded annually up to a total combined maximum of ten thousand U.S. dollars ($10,000). Grants are awarded for specific purposes, and within one year each grantee is required to submit a brief written report detailing how the grant funds were allocated. Grantees are also requested to recognize the support of the Trust in any paper or presentation that is given as a result of that support.

Who is Eligible?

Applicant(s), age 35 or younger, who have demonstrated excellence in their chemical information related research, and who are developing careers that have the potential to have a positive impact on the utility of chemical information relevant to chemical structures, reactions and compounds, are invited to submit applications. While the primary focus of the Grant Program is the career development of young researchers, additional bursaries may be made available at the discretion of the Trust. All requests must follow the application procedures noted below and will be weighed against the same criteria.

Which Activities are Eligible?

Grants may be awarded to acquire the experience and education necessary to support research activities; for example, for travel to collaborate with research groups, to attend a conference relevant to one’s area of research, to gain access to special computational facilities, or to acquire unique research techniques in support of one’s research.

Application Requirements: 

Applications must include the following documentation:

  1. A letter that details the work upon which the Grant application is to be evaluated as well as details on research recently completed by the applicant;
  2. The amount of Grant funds being requested and the details regarding the purpose for which the Grant will be used, for example, cost of equipment, travel expenses if the request is for financial support of meeting attendance, etc. The relevance of the above-stated purpose to the Trust’s objectives, and the clarity of this statement, are essential in the evaluation of the application;
  3. A brief biographical sketch, including a statement of academic qualifications; 
  4. Two reference letters in support of the application. 

Additional materials may be supplied at the discretion of the applicant only if relevant to the application, and if such materials provide information not already included in items 1 - 4.

Deadline for Applications

Applications for the 2016 Grant are due by March 25, 2016. Successful applicants will be notified no later than May 2, 2016.

Address for Submission of Applications

The application documentation should be forwarded via email to Bonnie Lawlor at: chescot@aol.com. Print copies can be mailed to: Bonnie Lawlor, CSA Trust Grant Committee Chair, 276 Upper Gulph Road, Radnor, PA 19087, USA. If you wish to enter your application via e-mail, please contact Bonnie Lawlor prior to submission so that she can contact you if the application does not arrive.

2015 Grant Awardees:

Dr. Marta Encisco (Molecular Modeling Group, Department of Chemistry, La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science, La Trobe University, Australia) was awarded a grant to cover travel costs to visit collaborators at universities in Spain and Germany, and to present her work at the European Biophysical Societies Association Conference in Dresden, Germany in July 2015.

Jack Evans (School of Physical Science, University of Adelaide, Australia) was awarded a grant to spend two weeks collaborating with the research group of Dr. Francois-Xavaier Coudert (CNRS, Chimie Paris Tech). 

Dr. Oxelandr Isayev (Division of Chemical Biology and Medicinal Chemistry, UNC Eshelman School of Pharmaacy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) was awarded a grant to attend summer classes at the Deep Learning Summer School 2015 (University of Montreal) to expand his knowledge of machine learning to include Deep Learning (DL). His goal is to apply DL to chemical systems to improve predictive models of chemical bioactivity.

Aleix Gimeno Vives (Cheminformatics and Nutrition Research Group, Biochemistry and Biotechnology Dept., Universitat Rovira I Virgili) was awarded a grant to attend the Cresset European User Group Meeting in June 2015 in order to improve his knowledge of the software that he is using to determine what makes an inhibitor selective for PTP1B.

A complete list of the previous grant awardees is at http://bulletin.acscinf.org/node/786.

Bonnie Lawlor, Chair, CSA Trust Grant Committee