Lawrence S. Neinstein Award In Educational Scholarship To Advance Adolescent/Young Adult Health

Apply for the Lawrence S. Neinstein Award in Educational Scholarship to Advance Adolescent/Young Adult Health

Deadline: August 1st, 2024

The Lawrence S. Neinstein Award in Educational Scholarship to Advance Adolescent/Young Adult (AYA) Health recognizes and supports innovative and scholarly educational projects pertaining to adolescent and young adult health and medicine.

The recipient of the LSN Award will receive a maximum of up to $10,000 total in funding to support the innovative and scholarly educational project for up to 2 years. 

Eligibility Criteria

  •  All disciplines invited to apply
  •  Applicants should be early- to mid- career within their discipline, defined as 10 years or less from completion of training or receipt of a terminal degree in a field directly related to AYA health
  •  Applicants’ career plans should include sustained and meaningful contributions in educational scholarship to advance AYA health.
  •  Applicants’ educational scholarship should involve patients, parents, other health professionals, trainees or community members (proposal should provide explicit plans to involve one or more of these groups).
  •  SAHM membership is encouraged but not required
  •  No restriction on where the applicant resides
  • Deadline for receipt of application: August 1, 2024
  • Notification of award: Before End of Year 2024
  • Funding period: March 2025 – February 2027

Application components should be combined into one PDF document with the ‎following naming convention: First Name_Last ‎Name_LSN_Award_Application. Upload your application packet here or via the “apply today” button above. 

Application to include: 

1.) Title Page including:

  • Title of proposed project ‎
  • Name, academic rank (If applicable), department, office address, phone, email
  • Other Key personnel (Co-investigators, collaborators; with rank and dept.) ‎
  • Budget contact name, title, phone, email
  • Location(s) where this project will be performed
  • Is this project supported with other funds, grants?‎ (If yes, indicate source) 

2.) Up to two page project proposal for the current award including:

A personal statement describing your experiences, skills, and career plan with respect to educational scholarship, and how they have or intend to leverage their educational scholarship to have a sustained positive impact on AYA health.

      • Brief Project Summary ‎
      • Specific aims ‎
      • Significance ‎
      • Innovation ‎
      • Background (including preliminary work or data if applicable) ‎
      • Study/Project Design
      • Analysis/Evaluation plan
      • Sustainability

3.) Well-developed and itemized budget accompanied by a budget justification. Please specify costs associated with novel educational technology(ies). (Do not include indirect costs)

4.) Curriculum vitae

5.) Letters of Support: Application package must include two letters of support, one of which must be from a current SAHM member.

  • Support Letter #1 – Nominating sponsor: The nominating sponsor should be familiar with the content area and include a detailed nomination stating reasons why the applicant merits consideration for this award. Remarks should focus on the applicants potential for adolescent health-related educational scholarship involving patients, parents, health professionals, trainees or community members.

    The nominating letter from the sponsor should address the impact potential of the applicants proposed work on AYA health. The letter should also focus on one or more area(s) of educational scholarship from those listed below in which the applicant shows particular promise.

– Program Development
– Curriculum development
– Educational Leadership
– Professional Development 
– Education policy
– Innovative educational contributions 

  • Second letter of support: One additional letter of support should be included in the package. This letter may come from an individual identified as a source of mentorship or project collaboration, and should also speak to the nominee’s potential for educational scholarship as well as the contributions of the proposed project to both adolescent health and the nominee’s future career.

An LSN award recipient will be expected to:

  • At 12 Months of Award: submit a one-page written progress report, documenting accomplishments towards the goal of the project, identifying any significant changes, and describing plans for the remainder of their project.  If the project is completed within one year of funding, the one-year progress report can be replaced by the final written report (see below).
  • Within 24 months of award: submit a final written report of up to three pages documenting the recipient’s final accomplishments including outcomes, significance, implications and future plans. This should be submitted within six months of the end of funding.

Members from both the SAHM Education and Awards Committee will review application packages and select the LSN Award recipient. An individual may receive the LSN Award only once. SAHM reserves the right not to name an award recipient in any given year.

Review criteria includes:

  • Significance and innovation of the proposed project, with particular attention to innovative educational strategies/technologies
  • Educational intervention or project with specific objectives, methodology, and evaluation plan
  • Potential for the project to positively impact AYA health care


Fransisca Agung, MD

Dr.  Agung is awarded this prestigious and relatively new award, based on her proposal to provide a central repository of a 4-week training program on basic adolescent health services. 

*Education scholarship is defined using the Canadian Association for Medical Education’s (CAME) definition: “‘Education Scholarship is an umbrella term which can encompass both research and innovation in health professions education. Quality in education scholarship is attained through work that is: peer-reviewed, publicly disseminated and provides a platform that others can build on.”

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