Awards and Grants

Awards Nominations are now closed and will open for 2020 in July (Deadline: 28 November 2019).

*Researchers nominated must be current members of the Society (this includes 2020 members).  Meeting attendance is required.

The Awards Committee welcomes nominations for the following awards:

Global Schizophrenia Award (Established 2019)
The Global Schizophrenia Award is to support a SIRS member (this includes 2019 members) in a developing country to attend the annual SIRS meeting. Please provide a justification for why the nominee should receive the award and how it will benefit the nominee. The awardee must be a SIRS member (this includes 2019 members) and from the World Bank Country Category groups B, C, or D.  Nominations must be made by a SIRS member (this includes 2019 members) and self-nominations can also be submitted. Applicants are asked to indicate the nominee meets the eligibility criteria.  The recipient will receive a waived registration fee, hotel stay and coach airfare (round trip) be paid by SIRS.  The awardee will also receive recognition at the meeting.

  • 2019 Awardee:  Alexandre Loch, M.D., Ph.D.
  • 2019 Awardee:  Alexandra Zugno, Ph.D., Pharm.D.

Lifetime Achievement Award
The Lifetime Achievement Award is given to a scientist who has made a significant contribution to the advancement of the field of schizophrenia research. Both the Nominator and the Individual being nominated must be current SIRS members (this includes 2019 members). In order to be eligible, the individual must have an established history in schizophrenia research, have exhibited leadership and provided mentoring to young investigators, positively impacted the field of schizophrenia research, and be a current SIRS Member (this includes 2019 members). The Lifetime Achievement Award is the Society’s most prestigious award.

  • 2019 Awardee:  William T. Carpenter, Jr., M.D.
  • 2018 Awardee:  Patrick McGorry, M.D.
  • 2016 Awardee:  Herbert Meltzer, M.D

Distinguished Service Award
The Society will recognize a member of the Society (this includes 2019 members) who have provided extraordinary service to the schizophrenia research field. This service may be through leadership in this or other societies, through journalism, or in the education of professionals or the public through community service.  The award will be presented at each annual meeting if there is a suitable candidate.  Recipients of the award will receive a plaque to be given at the 2019 Congress.  Any member of SIRS (this includes 2019 members) may nominate a SIRS member (this includes 2019 members) to receive the Distinguished Service Award.  Self-nominations are accepted. All submissions will include a description of the candidate’s contributions to the field and a statement about the significance of his/her contributions. The nomination of women and minorities are highly encouraged.

  • 2019 Awardee:  Jean Addington, Ph.D.
  • 2019 Awardee:  John Kane, M.D.
  • 2014 Awardee:  Lynn E. DeLisi, M.D. 
  • 2014 Awardee:  Henry A. Nasrallah, M.D

Outstanding Clinical and Community Research
This award is given to a SIRS member (this includes 2019 members) in recognition of an outstanding clinical/community contribution to schizophrenia research.  The contribution may be based on a single discovery or a cumulative body of work. The selection of the award recipient is based on the quality of the contribution(s) and its impact in advancing schizophrenia research.

  • 2019 Awardee:  Keith H. Nuechterlein, Ph.D.
  • 2018 Awardee:  Ashok Malla, FRCPC
  • 2016 Awardee:  Larry Seidman, Ph.D.
  • 2014 Awardee:  Michael Foster Green, Ph.D
  • 2012 Awardee:  Philip D. Harvey, Ph.D.

Outstanding Basic Research
This award is given to a SIRS member (this includes 2019 members) in recognition of an outstanding basic research contribution to schizophrenia research. The contribution may be preclinical or work which emphasizes the interface between basic and clinical research. The selection of the award recipient is based on the quality of the contribution(s) and its impact in advancing schizophrenia research.

  • 2019 Awardee:  Brian Dean, Ph.D.
  • 2018 Awardee:  Kim Do, D. Sci.
  • 2016 Awardee:  Anthony Grace, Ph.D.
  • 2014 Awardee:  Akira Sawa, M.D., Ph.D
  • 2012 Awardee:  John Waddington, Ph.D.

Outstanding Translational Research (Established 2019)
This award is given to a SIRS member (this includes 2019 members) in recognition of an outstanding translational science contribution to schizophrenia research. The contribution may be based on a single discovery or a cumulative body of work. Recipients will receive a waived registration fee to the 2019 Congress and must plan to attend. Those nominating must be a current SIRS member (this includes 2019 members).

  • 2019 Awardee:  Raquel Gur, M.D., Ph.D.
  • 2019 Awardee:  Ruben Gur, Ph.D.

Research Excellence Award – NEW AWARD
The Society will recognize a mid-career researcher below full professor status who has shown exceptional research in the field of schizophrenia research and promising trajectory for years to come.

Rising Star
Early career researchers who are less than 40 years old by April 2019 or within five years post-doc.  Requirements for consideration include the application and CV, letter of recommendation from a SIRS member (this includes 2019 members), a personal statement including career goals and abstract submission for presentation at the 2019 Congress.  The recipient will receive a waived registration and must plan to attend.  The award recipient will also receive a complimentary one-year membership to the Society.

  • 2019 Awardee:  Gemma Modinos, Ph.D.
  • 2019 Awardee:  Panos Roussos, M.D., Ph.D.
  • 2019 Awardee:  Jared Young, Ph.D.
  • 2018 Awardee:  Lena Palaniyappan, M.D.
  • 2016 Awardee:  Aristotle Voineskos, FRCP(C), M.D., Ph.D.
  • 2016 Awardee:  Alan Anticevic, Ph.D.
  • 2014 Awardee:  Oliver Howes, BM, BCh, MA, MRCPsych, Ph.D., D.M.
  • 2012 Awardee:  Paolo Fusar-Poli, Ph.D.