ASP Primate Welfare Award

The American Society of Primatologists Primate Care Committee (PCC) will award one prize annually to an outstanding oral presentation or poster presentation given at the annual meeting. This award is intended to recognize high quality research that directly and significantly enhances the welfare and/or psychological well-being of captive nonhuman primates, or for research that provides a better understanding of the welfare of captive nonhuman primates.

Prize:

The winner will receive a $150 cash prize AND a one-year membership to ASP (with electronic access to the American Journal of Primatology).

General Process:

Applicants for the Primate Welfare Award must register for the ASP meeting, submit their abstract for presentation, and during the registration process they must select the box indicating they will participate in the Primate Welfare Award competition.

Only after the Program Committee has accepted their abstract may applicants continue with the competition process. Once their abstract has been accepted, applicants must submit a written summary of the welfare value of their work. The application form is available here for download.

The written applications will be reviewed prior to the annual ASP meeting in a blind fashion by the PCC. Members of the PCC will view the oral or poster presentations at the ASP conference by the qualified applicants to judge their presentations. The winner of the award will be announced at the ASP Closing Banquet.

Eligibility:

To be eligible for the Primate Welfare Award the applicant needs to be the first author, and must give the oral presentation or be available to discuss the poster, but does not need to be present at the banquet to win. Anyone presenting their work at the ASP conference may apply. Individuals with or without terminal degrees (e.g., PhD, DVM) are eligible and those without such degrees are especially encouraged to apply. The written application and the project to be presented must be primarily the work of the first author.

Applicants may be entered in this competition and the ASP Student Competition simultaneously, but they will not be determined the winner for both.

Application Process:

This application form is available here for download. The application includes a written description of the welfare value of your presentation (oral or poster) following these guidelines: the description should be less than 1000 words (approx. 2 pages, single-spaced, 12pt font, 1-inch margins), excluding references; you may use diagrams, graphs or pictures if you wish, but the total length of your description should not exceed 3 pages if these are included; referencing, tables, and figure captions should follow the American Journal of Primatology style.

Submit the application electronically at www.asp.org by July 14, 2017, through the online grant submission system. Please note that this system requires applicants to log-in to the ASP portal. You do not need to be an ASP member to apply, but you will need to register online to submit your application. Contact Dr. Susan Pavonetti of the PCC (slambeth@mdanderson.org) with any questions about the application process.

Judging Criteria:

Each presentation will be evaluated by two judges on the criteria listed below, using a five-point scale for each criteria. These scores will be summed to generate a score for each presentation. The presentation with the highest score will be selected as the winning presentation. In case of a tie, the Primate Care Committee will determine a single winner through discussion of the merit of the research.

  1. Is the study well-designed?
  2. Have the data been appropriately evaluated?
  3. What is the extent of welfare or captive care impact?
  4. Does this increase our understanding of animal welfare?
  5. Is this information applicable to other facilities/species?
  6. Is the work innovative?