Through the auspices of the International Congress of Animal Reproduction (ICAR), Minitube International, a science-driven biotechnology company, is sponsoring the 3rd Simmet Prize in Assisted Reproduction. The award, which recognizes the scientific advances in assisted reproduction, recognizes an active research scientist for outstanding basic and applied research published during the previous six years in the area of assisted reproductive technologies for animal production systems. The Simmet Prize, which comes with a 50,000 euro honorarium, is the largest of its type in the world and is presented every four years at the ICAR meeting. Previous awardees were Cesare Galli (2008) and John Aitken (2012).

The Awards Committee will consider the significance of research areas under investigation, the breadth and depth of the research platform, the degree of originality of the research as documented in publications, and potential impact of the research contributions for animal reproduction. Scientists at all phases of their career (early, mid- and late) will be considered. Award criteria are Originality of Research, Experimental Approach and Leadership.

Scientists and industry professionals throughout the world are encouraged to nominate individuals for consideration of the Simmet Prize for Assisted Reproduction. The nomination process is straightforward. Nominators should assemble the nominee's portfolio for nomination to include:

a) Curriculum vitae consisting of professional positions held, honors received, peer-reviewed papers and reviews published over the last 6 years, and documentation of channels used for technology transfer in reproduction (courses, websites, etc.).

b) A letter of nomination that captures the nominee’s contributions in research, novel approaches, leadership, and impact on assisted reproduction community through potential use or current  application to reproductive technologies.

c) Two supporting letters from scientific peers.

Send nomination portfolio by Sept. 1 to Dr. Peter J Hansen, Chair, Award Committee Simmet Prize for Assisted Reproduction, email: hansen@animal.ufl.edu.

For more information about the the criteria of the Simmet Prize, click here