AHSR 2023 continues the tradition of recognizing and supporting the next generation of researchers devoted to health services research for substance use conditions. One way of doing so is through the AHSR 2023 Early Career Investigator Award. This award recognizes scholars with early achievements and exceptional promises for future contributions to health services research for substance use conditions.  AHSR 2023 will select up to 6 awardees. Awardees will be recognized at the 2023 conference and will each receive a cash prize to help cover the cost of attending the conference.


  • Must be the lead and presenting author on a submitted abstract to 2023 AHSR.
  • Must be a student in training (e.g., undergraduates, doctoral students), or a researcher (post-doctoral fellows, research scientists, faculty) within 5 years of receiving their terminal degree (PhD, MD, or equivalent).
  • Must not be the PI/Co-PI/MPI of an NIH R01 project or equivalent.
  • Previous AHSR Early Career Investigator awardees are not eligible to apply.
  • We encourage researchers who are underrepresented in the fields of biomedical, clinical, behavioral, and health services research to apply for the Early Career Investigator Award. Consistent with NIH guidance, applicants are considered “underrepresented” if they are members of underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities, and/or individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds.

How to Apply

  • At the time of abstract submission, eligible individuals should indicate an interest to apply for the Early Career Investigator Award. Those indicating an interest will be provided a link to apply in Dryfta, the same platform used for abstract submissions.
  • In addition to the submitted abstract, each applicant will be asked to upload:
    • A current CV
    • A personal statement (up to 500 words) outlining the applicant’s training and research experience, early achievements and career objectives related to health services research for substance use conditions, and why the applicant is a good fit for the AHSR Early Career Investigator Award.

Deadline to apply for the Early Career Investigator Award is Wednesday, June 7, 2023 at 11:59 PM EST.

Review Criteria

  • Submitted abstract demonstrates scientific rigor and significant implications for policy or practice.
  • Applicant demonstrates commitment to a career in health services research for substance use conditions as evidenced by ongoing or completed training in related fields and research activities so far.
  • Applicant demonstrates potential for a high-impact research career as evidenced by contributions made to the field compatible with the stage of career development.
  • Additional activities in research, policy, service, and/or education that advances health care delivery and outcomes for people with substance use conditions.

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