Awards and Scholarships


Chemical Structure Association Trust




Applications Invited for CSA Trust Grant for 2016 and 2017

The 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. The deadline for receipt of proposals for the 2017 Grant is also being announced at this time.

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).  Grantees have the option of payments being made in U.S. dollars or in British Pounds equivalent to the U.S. dollar amount. 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 (including the presentation of an already accepted research paper), 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;The amount of Grant funds being requested and the details regarding the purpose for which the Grant will be used (e.g. 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)A brief biographical sketch, including a statement of academic qualifications;
  2. 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. A copy of the completed application document must be supplied for distribution to the Grants Committee and can be submitted via regular mail or e-mail to the Committee Chair (see contact information below).

Deadline for Applications

Application deadline for the 2016 Grant is March 25, 2016. Successful applicants will be notified no later than May 2, 2016. Application deadline for the 2017 Grant is March 31, 2017. Successful applicants will be notified no later than May 9, 2017.

Address for Submission of Applications

The application documentation can be mailed via post or emailed to: Bonnie Lawlor, CSA Trust Grant Committee Chair, 276 Upper Gulph Road, Radnor, PA 19087, USA. If you wish to enter your application by e-mail, please contact Bonnie Lawlor at prior to submission so that she can contact you if the e-mail does not arrive.

Chemical Structure Association Trust: Recent Grant Awardees

2015 – Dr. Marta Encisco

Molecular Modeling Group, Department of Chemistry, La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science, La Trobe University, Australia. She 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.

2015 – Jack Evans

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

2015 – Dr. Oxelandr Isayev

Division of Chemical Biology and Medicinal Chemistry, UNC Eshelman School of Pharmaacy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He 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.

2015 – Aleix Gimeno Vives

Cheminformatics and Nutrition Research Group, Biochemistry and Biotechnology Dept., Universitat Rovira i Virgili. He 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.

2014 – Dr. Adam Madarasz

Institute of Organic Chemistry, Research Centre for Natural Sciences, Hungarian Academy of Sciences. He was awarded a Grant for travel to study at the University of Oxford with Dr. Robert S. Paton, a 2013 CSA Trust Grant winner, in order to increase his experience in the development of computational methodology which is able to accurately model realistic and flexible transition states in chemical and biochemical reactions.

2014 – MJosé Ojeda Montes

Department of Biochemistry and Biotechnology, University Rovira i Virgili, Spain. She was awarded a Grant for travel expenses to study for four months at the Freie University of Berlin to enhance her experience and knowledge regarding virtual screening workflows for predicting therapeutic uses of natural molecules in the field of functional food design.

2014 – Dr. David Palmer

Department of Chemistry, University of Strathclyde, Scotland.  He was awarded a Grant to present a paper at the fall 2014 meeting of the American Chemical Society on a new approach for representing molecular structures in computers based upon on ideas from the Integral Equation Theory of Molecular Liquids.

2014 – Sona B. Warrier

Departments of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Biotechnology, and Pharmaceutical Analysis, NMIMS University, Mumbai. She was awarded a Grant to attend the International Conference on Pure and Applied Chemistry to present a poster on her research on inverse virtual screening in drug repositioning.

2013 – Dr. Johannes Hachmann

Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.   He was awarded the Grant for travel to speak on “Structure-property relationships of molecular precursors to organic electronics” at a workshop sponsored by the Centre
Européen de Calcul Atomique et Moléculaire (CECAM) that took place October 22 – 25, 2013 in Lausanne, Switzerland.

2013 – Dr. Robert S. Paton

University of Oxford, UK.  He was awarded the Grant to speak at the Sixth Asian Pacific Conference of Theoretical and Computational Chemistry in Korea on July 11, 2013. Receiving the invitation for this meeting provided Dr. Paton with an opportunity to further his career as a Principal Investigator.

2013 – Dr. Aaron Thornton

Material Science and Engineering at CSIRO in Victoria, Australia. He was awarded the Grant to attend the 2014 International Conference on Molecular and Materials Informatics at Iowa State University with the objective of expanding his knowledge of web semantics, chemical mark-up language, resource description frameworks and other online sharing tools. He also visited Dr. Maciej Haranczyk, a prior CSA Trust Grant recipient, who is one of the world leaders in virtual screening.

2012 – Tu Le

CSIRO Division of Materials Science & Engineering, Clayton, VIV, Australia. Tu C. was awarded the Grant for travel to attend a cheminformatics course at Sheffield University and to visit the Membrane Biophysics group of the Department of Chemistry at Imperial College London.

2011 – J. B. Brown

Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan. J.B. was awarded the Grant for travel to work with Professor Ernst Walter-Knappat the Freie University of Berlin and Professor Jean-Phillipe Vert of the Paris MinesTech to continue his work on the development of atomic partial charge kernels.

2010 – Noel O’Boyle

University College Cork, Ireland. Noel was awarded the grant to both network and present his work on open source software for pharmacophore discovery and searching at the 2010 German Conference on Cheminformatics.

2009 – Laura Guasch Pamies

University Rovira & Virgili, Catalonia, Spain.  Laura was awarded the Grant to do three months of research at the University of Innsbruck, Austria.

2008 – Maciej Haranczyk

University of Gdansk, Poland. Maciej was awarded the Grant to travel to Sheffield University, Sheffield, UK, for a 6-week visit for research purposes.

2007 – Rajarshi Guha

Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, USA. Rajarshi was awarded the Grant to attend the Gordon Research Conference on Computer-Aided Design in August 2007.

2006 – Krisztina Boda

University of Erlangen, Erlangen, Germany. Krisztina was awarded the Grant to attend the 2006 spring National Meeting of the American Chemical Society in Atlanta, GA, USA.

2005 – Dr. Val Gillet and Professor Peter Willett

University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK.  They were awarded the Grant for student travel costs to the 2005 Chemical Structures Conference held in Noordwijkerhout, the Netherlands.

2004 – Dr. Sandra Saunders

University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia. Sandra was awarded the Grant to purchase equipment needed for her research.

2003 – Prashant S. Kharkar

Institute of Chemical Technology, University of Mumbai, Matunga, Mumbai. Prashant was awarded the Grant to attend the conference, Bioactive Discovery in the New Millennium, in Lorne, Victoria, Australia (February 2003) to present a paper, “The Docking Analysis

of 5-Deazapteridine Inhibitors of Mycobacterium avium complex (MAC) Dihydrofolate reductase (DHFR).”

2001 – Georgios Gkoutos

Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, Department of Chemistry. London, UK. Georgios was awarded the Grant to attend the conference, Computational Methods in Toxicology and Pharmacology Integrating Internet Resources, (CMTPI-2001) in Bordeaux, France, to present part of his work on internet-based molecular resource discovery tools.