2. Individuals seeking a Springer Nature Travel Award must meet the eligibility requirements and apply as follows:
a. All nominees must be registered to attend the conference, submit an abstract, and be willing to give an oral presentation.
b. Nominees must collect and assemble the following documents as a PDF file and email to the address below:
I. A letter seeking the Springer Nature Travel Award that clearly and concisely states the needs and benefits of attending the conference (one page limit).
II. A letter from the department Chairman or training supervisor, confirming the eligibility status (postdoctoral fellow or graduate student) of the applicant.
III. The abstract submitted for the conference.
IV. A draft manuscript for review for the POLM publication. This draft does not need to be in final form. It may include a title, overview and outline for the review and/or article. This draft or overview will be taken into consideration by the panel of judges.
3. Applications for the Springer Nature Travel Award DOES NOT preclude an applicant from participating in the contests for the Santosh Nigam Outstanding Young Investigator Award or other Travel Awards. However, applications for each award must be submitted independent of the other.
4. Deadline for submitting abstracts and this Travel Award application is August 16, 2019
5. An independent panel of judges will select the finalist and the award will be announced/presented at the Gala Dinner during the conference (Tuesday, October 22, 2019). The winners MUST be present in person to receive the awards, lest they will be forfeited and presented to the runners-up at the discretion of the ERF Board of Directors.