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Heinz Berendes International Travel Award

The Society for Pediatric and Perinatal Epidemiologic Research (SPER) invites manuscripts for consideration for the Heinz Berendes International Travel Award. The deadline for submission is January 29, 2024 at 11:59 PM PT.

To be eligible for the award, the applicant must have resided outside of the U.S. and Canada at the time the work was conducted. The paper should be focused primarily on a population outside of North America. Developing country work is encouraged, but not required. The paper should represent work in the field of reproductive, perinatal, or pediatric epidemiology.

To be considered for the award, the following documents must be submitted in a single PDF file named as the applicant’s last name with the initials HB appended at the beginning (i.e., HB_lastname):

  • Cover letter from the applicant describing the submission
  • Completed manuscript

While the paper must be unpublished when submitted for consideration for the award, it may be under review. Authors do not have to be SPER members to apply but will be asked to join SPER if selected for the award. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

The submission will be evaluated according the following five criteria: (1) originality, (2) soundness of analytical methods, (3) rationale, (4) global impact of the work, and (5) public health importance.

The winner of the award will present the selected paper at the SPER Annual Meeting and receive a $500 award plus two-night hotel stay, economy flight reimbursement, and SPER Meeting registration.

Important note: Applicants must submit the abstract of their paper via the regular Annual Meeting call for abstracts if they wish to have the paper considered for the meeting in the event they do not receive the Heinz Berendes Award.