Grants & Awards

Career Development Awards

The American Society of Gene and Cell Therapy's Career Development Awards support members who are working toward independence in their gene and cell therapy careers. In 2021, we are doubling the award amount! Six recipients will receive grants of $100,000. Applications are open June 1 – August 1.

Annual Meeting Award Opportunities

Best of Molecular Therapy Award

This award highlights the contribution of a lead author under the age of 40 to the Molecular Therapy family of journals.

Jerry Mendell Award for Translational Science

Named for the first person to study viral mediated gene therapy for muscular dystrophy in humans, and the principal investigator in the study that led to the FDA approval of Zolgensma to treat SMA, the Jerry Mendell Award for Translational Science recognizes the extensive work required to bring gene and cell therapies to clinical trial.

Outstanding Achievement Award

The ASGCT Outstanding Achievement Award recognizes an ASGCT Member who has achieved a pioneering research success, a specific high impact accomplishment, or a lifetime of significant contributions to the field of gene and cell therapy.  It is the Society’s highest honor.

Outstanding New Investigator Awards

Several Outstanding New Investigators are recognized each year based on their contributions to the field of gene and cell therapy. Investigators from academia, research foundations, government, and industry are all eligible to be nominated for awards.

Sonia Skarlatos Public Service Award

Named for its inaugural co-recipient and tireless gene therapy advocate, the Society’s Sonia Skarlatos Public Service Award recognizes a person or group that has consistently fostered and enhanced the field of gene and cell therapy through governmental agencies, public policy groups, public education, or non-governmental charitable organizations.

Meritorious Abstract Travel Awards

ASGCT supports the travel of approximately 150 Associate Members each year through the Meritorious Abstract Travel Award program.  Recipients will receive a certificate and a travel reimbursement stipend of up to $500 for domestic awardees and $600 for international awardees to the 21st Annual Meeting.

Excellence in Research Award

Each year the ASGCT Abstract Review Committee for the Annual Meeting selects the top six abstracts submitted by students and fellows to receive Excellence in Research Awards.

Outstanding Poster Presentation Awards

The top poster presentations from each of the three poster sessions that occur during the ASGCT Annual Meeting are awarded Outstanding Poster Presentation Awards.

Underrepresented Minority Travel Awards

First introduced in 2016, the ASGCT Underrepresented Minority Travel Awards honor and support ASGCT Associate Members who submitted abstracts to the Annual Meeting.


ASGCT 24th Annual Meeting

May 11-14, 2021

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