Early Investigator Award

Award 2021 Nominations

The award includes a certificate and a cash prize that can assist with paying for fNIRS meeting registration fees.


  • A candidate must have an advanced degree (e.g., PhD, MSc, MD) or be working towards an advanced degree.
  • For this year we take into consideration of covid, so a candidate must not be more than seven (full time equivalent) years post the award of their advanced degree. From next year, it will be reverted to six years.
  • The candidate must provide evidence of sustained activity in fNIRS research (as demonstrated by their curriculum vitae and publication list).
  • The candidate must be a member of the Society for fNIRS.
  • The candidate must submit one (or more) abstract(s) as a lead author, make a presentation of his/her work during the Society for fNIRS conference in the year when he/she is nominated.
  • A candidate who is unsuccessful any given year can be re-nominated in a subsequent year if he/she meets the award criteria in the year of nomination.


The candidate must be nominated (self nomination is not allowed) and the nominator must be a member of the Society for fNIRS. A full nomination package must contain:

  • a nomination letter;
  • a two page curriculum vitae demonstrating the candidate’s accomplishments;
  • a list of the candidate’s publications;
  • an additional letter of support;
  • a copy of the candidate’s submitted abstract/abstracts.

Nominations with an incomplete package will not be considered.

Nominations must be sent to Heather Bortfeld at hbortfeld@ucmerced.edu by August 02, 2021.