The Obesity Society’s awards and grants program recognizes specific research achievements and major contributions to the basic science, treatment and prevention of obesity. Awards and grants highlighting the careers of obesity researchers will be recognized at Obesity Week 2013.

The George A. Bray Founders Award

Recognizes significant contributions that advance the scientific or clinical basis for understanding or treating obesity. It also recognizes extensive involvement with TOS. Recipients receive a plaque and a $1,000 cash prize. The award is presented during the opening session at which the recipient is invited to present the George A. Bray Founders Award Lecture.

The TOPS Research Achievement Award

Recognizes singular achievement or contribution to research in the field of obesity. This award is made possible through an annual grant from the Take Off Pounds Sensibly Foundation (TOPS). Recipients receive a plaque and a $5,000 cash prize plus a travel grant to the Annual Scientific Meeting at Obesity Week. The award is presented during a session at which the recipient is invited to present the TOPS Research Achievement Award Lecture.

The Lilly Scientific Achievement Award

Recognizes excellence in an established research career and is made possible through an annual grant from the Eli Lilly Pharmaceutical Company. Recipients receive a plaque and a $5,000 cash prize plus a travel grant to the Annual Scientific Meeting at Obesity Week. The award is presented during a scientific session at which the recipient is invited to present the Lilly Scientific Achievement Award Lecture. To be eligible for this award, the recipient must be within 15 years of receiving his or her terminal degree.

The Mickey Stunkard Lifetime Achievement Award

Recognizes people who, like Albert (Mickey) Stunkard, have made a lifetime of outstanding contribution to the field of obesity in terms of scholarship, mentorship, and education. Recipients receive a plaque and a $1,000 cash prize. The award is presented during a plenary session at which the recipient is invited to present the Mickey Stunkard Lifetime Achievement Award Lecture.

Atkinson-Stern Award for Distinguished Public Service

Recognizes an individual or organization whose work has significantly improved the lives of those affected by obesity, whether through research, public policy, patient care, or other means. This award was established by a gift from Thomas A. Wadden. Recipients receive a plaque and a $1,000 cash prize. This award is presented during the opening session.

The Ethan Sims Young Investigator Award

Recognizes excellence in research by a young investigator based on his/her submitted abstract and oral presentation at the Annual Scientific Meeting at Obesity Week. The recipient is selected from among five finalists who are chosen on the basis of the quality of their abstract submitted to The Obesity Society’s Annual Scientific Meeting. All five finalists receive travel grants to the Annual Scientific Meeting. The award winner also receives a $1,000 cash prize. The award is based upon the quality of the nominated author’s presentation at The Obesity Society Annual Meeting at Obesity Week and is announced during the annual meeting.

The Early-Career Research Grants

Recognize new investigators, defined as individuals who have received a PhD in the past five years or MD in the past eight years and who currently hold full time, entry-level positions (e.g., post-doctoral fellow, instructor, assistant professor) at an established academic/research institution. Applicants may request up to $25,000. An initial one-page letter of intent should be submitted for review by an interdisciplinary committee. Deadline for submission of a letter of intent is April 15th.

Pat Simons Travel Grants

Are awarded to young investigators based on the quality of their submitted abstracts. First authors of submitted abstracts may apply to receive a $500 travel grant if they are currently registered for an undergraduate or graduate degree, are currently training in a post-doctoral fellowship or if they completed their highest college or university degree no more than five years before the abstract was submitted.