ASM's oldest and most prestigious prize, it rewards fundamental research of unusual merit in microbiology or immunology by an individual on the threshold of his or her career.
The nominee's work is not judged by comparison with the research of more experienced scientists, and special consideration is given to originality and independence of thought. The nominee must not have reached his or her 45th birthday by April 30 of the year the award is given. The nominee may live and work anywhere in the world and must be actively engaged in the line of research for which the award is to be made.
A cash prize of $5,000, a commemorative piece, and travel to the ASM General Meeting where the laureate will deliver the Eli Lilly Award lecture.
Nominations will be reconsidered annually so long as eligibility criteria are met and an updated curriculum vitae is submitted. Self-nominations and more than one nomination per nominee will not be accepted. Only one nominating form and two supporting forms are accepted per nomination. The two supporters must be persons other than the nominator who are familiar with the nominee's qualifications and accomplishments. Only one of the three individuals involved in the nomination may be employed at the nominee's institution. The nominator and supporters must not share employers. Nominations must consist of the following:
- Curriculum vitae, including a list of publications, emailed to email@example.com
- Photocopy or scanned file of driver's license, passport, or birth certificate to verify date of birth, emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Nominating form
- Supporting form
ASM awards are granted at the discretion of award selection committees and may not be awarded every year.