Award Deadlines and Submissions

SBN is proud to recognize outstanding scientists at all stages of their careers, from the graduate level to senior investigator. These include the Frank A. Beach Award in Behavioral Neuroendocrinology (an early career award), and the Daniel S. Lehrman Lifetime Achievement Award in Behavioral Neuroendocrinology, which was given for the first time in 2006. The latter two awards are named in honor of individuals who truly forged our field, as described on our page dedicated to the Founders of Behavioral Neuroendocrinology. Nominations are also being accepted for the SBN Scientific Advocacy Award, to recognize outstanding contributions at the interface between research and the public.

SBN Scientific Advocacy Award

Nominations for this award can be sent at any time and will be considered individually by the SBN Executive Committee. The award will not necessarily be given every year, but only as warranted. To nominate an individual, please send a copy of the candidate's CV and a letter describing how the individual's career exemplifies scientific advocacy. Nominations can be made at anytime. Please send nominations to the current President of SBN. (Nomination Form)

WC Young Recent Graduate Award in Behavioral Neuroendocrinology

Nominations are also now being accepted for the WC Young Recent Graduate Award in Behavioral Endocrinology. 

William C. Young was one of the founders of modern behavioral neuroendocrinology. The SBN honors WC Young through the “WC Young Recent Graduate Award” (initially created in the 1960’s by one of the society’s predecessors, the West Coast Sex Conference). The first SBN “Young Award” was presented at the 2013 annual meeting.

Eligible applicants include recent PhD awardees in the year their degree is awarded or the following year, and applicants can apply once for this award. Selection criteria for the WC Young Recent Graduate Award are based on the doctoral dissertation, scholarly productivity, and letters of reference. The WC Young Recent Graduate awardee will have the honor of speaking in the Awardee Symposium at the 2018 SBN Annual Meeting (joint meeting with ICN) in Toronto, Canada.

Nominations are not currently being accepted. Please check back. The deadline for nominations is October 1, 2017.

Applications should include the following items:

  • A three-page double-spaced essay outlining the specific contributions of the dissertation, and its broader significance of the work for the field of behavioral neuroendocrinology
  • A current curriculum vita
  • Up to three letters of recommendation

Applicants should solicit letters of recommendation and submit applications via this form.

Call for Nominations for the 28th Annual Frank A. Beach New Investigator Award

Nominations are now being accepted for the 28th Annual Frank A. Beach New Investigator Award in Behavioral Neuroendocrinology. The award will be made to a new investigator, normally within 8 years post-PhD (or MD) who shows exceptional promise for making significant contributions to the field of Behavioral Neuroendocrinology. Investigators conducting original, independent research in any area of Behavioral Neuroendocrinology may be nominated. The nominator(s) should submit ONE letter of nomination. This letter can be jointly signed by any number of individuals of any rank, but the Committee will consider only one letter. A current copy of the nominee's curriculum vitae should be included with the nomination. Re-nomination of individuals nominated previously, who still meet the nomination criteria but were not chosen, is encouraged.

The Awardee will be recognized and receive the award and an honorarium at the Behavioral Neuroendocrinology Social at the Society for Neuroscience (in Washington, DC, in November 2017). The Awardee will also give a presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology (joint meeting with ICN) in Toronto, Canada in June 2018.

This year's Frank A. Beach New Investigator Awardee will be selected by the SBN Awards Committee. Nominations are not currently being accepted. Please check back. The deadline for nominations is October 1, 2017.

Nominations for this year's award or questions about the nomination procedures should be sent to: Dr. Lance Kriegsfeld, Chair, SBN Awards Committee, at Submission of nomination should be sent via this form.

Daniel S. Lehrman Lifetime Achievement Award in Behavioral Neuroendocrinology

The Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology honors one of its members with the Daniel S. Lehrman Lifetime Achievement Award. The award serves three important purposes: (1) to honor the lifetime achievements of distinguished investigators in our field; (2) to educate junior members of SBN about the life and work of distinguished senior members; and (3) to create an opportunity for publication education and outreach by highlighting the contributions of a distinguished member.

Award Criteria

Nominators may submit the names of individuals that have a sustained record of significant original research, distinguished scholarship, and effective mentorship in any field of behavioral neuroendocrinology. Nominees must have served as a Full Professor (or its equivalent) for more than 10 years, and must have trained students and/or research associates who have, in turn, made exceptional contributions to behavioral neuroendocrinology. Retired and active scientists are eligible for the Lehrman Award. The Lehrman Awardee will be invited to present a talk at the Joint ICN/SBN Meeting.


Nominators should provide two documents for the Lehrman Award candidate.

  • A single nomination letter with a detailed description of the nominee’s most significant contributions to research, scholarship and mentorship. The nomination letter can be signed by multiple nominators, and co-nominators are encouraged. Nominations are not currently being accepted. The deadline for nominations is February 1, 2018.
  • A current copy of the nominee’s curriculum vita

The two nominations documents should be submitted electronically via Award Nomination Form.

Context for the Award

Daniel Lehrman was an early and exceptionally influential scientist in behavioral neuroendocrinology. He was an astute observer of behavior in naturalistic contexts, and for making connections between behavioral changes and neuroendocrine systems. His lifework involved original and creative experimental designs combined with, at the time, the latest in neuroendocrine methodology. Through his scholarship, mentoring and teaching, primarily as a faculty in, and founding member of, the Institute for Animal Behavior at Rutgers University, he influenced an entire generation of scientists in our field. Many current members of SBN have one or more connections to Lehrman in their academic lineages.

New Investigator Awards*

Senior graduate students and post docs who are members of SBN in good standing (check to see if your membership dues are current here) and have a substantial story to tell about their research program may apply to present their work in The New Investigator's Symposium at the 2018 ICN/SBN meeting. New Investigator applications require an abstract, CV, a description of your research program, and 3 letters of recommendation. Please submit your application (abstract, CV, and description of research) to and direct letter writers to send their letters of support to the same email address. Deadlines for applications are February 15, 2018. All materials must be received by this date including letters of support to be considered for this award.

*formerly Young Investigator Award