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MAY 15 - JULY 15 


The nomination must be initiated online by the SPR nominating member, not by the nominee. After the nominating member starts the process and uploads both letters (nominating and seconding letters), then the nominee information (training details, publication PDFs, etc.) can be requested through the website

Pediatric/child health researchers with current, hypothesis-related (focused on development and/or testing of a hypothesis), research activities are welcome to apply for membership to SPR. All criteria for membership must be met and the application should be completed to address the following criteria, as described below:

  1. Appropriate credentials

  2. Leadership, participation and productivity in pediatric/child health research

  3. Current research activity as demonstrated by a recent, peer-reviewed, original science publication relevant to pediatrics or child health

  4. Hypothesis-related research relevant to pediatrics or child health

  5. Letters of support from both a Nominator and a Seconder who are Active Members of SPR. 


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Credentials Required

  1. Have completed an advanced degree (beyond Bachelors degree).

  2. At the time of application, ≥ 3 years post completion of fellowship or, if no fellowship undertaken, ≥ 3 years post final training position (including post-doc, for PhD nominees).

  3. For allied health professionals, the requirement for an advanced degree can be waived if there is demonstrated evidence of an independent research program.

Research leadership, participation, productivity

Research leadership, participation and productivity in an area relevant to pediatrics/child health with an independent trajectory as demonstrated by one or more of the following:

  1. Recent (< 2-3 years) first or last author publication of original-science, hypothesis-related, peer-reviewed research from studies completed after completion of fellowship/research training.

  2. Letter of support indicating that Nominee is a project leader within a collaborative research group or network, with relevant publications and funding supporting the role and productivity.

  3. Extramural grant funding in the Nominee’s primary research area, with Nominee’s role in securing funding described, or as PI/multi-PI. Although funding is not required for membership, it is supportive of the application. Funding should be for investigator-initiated, hypothesis-related research. Training grants (e.g. T-series) do not meet this criterion, but individual career development (e.g., K series) and K99/R00 awards are considered.

Publications submitted for review and grants listed should be responsive to and supportive of this criterion. For funding, if the nominee is not PI/multi-PI, the entry should be annotated with the nominee’s role in obtaining the grant and conducting the research.

Publication/current activity

Publication(s) demonstrating independent research (studies conducted after completion of research training period).

Submit one or more recent (< 2-3 years), quality, original-science, peer-reviewed publication(s) in a topic related to pediatrics or child health for work undertaken since completion of fellowship/research training. Manuscripts that reflect work completed during the research training period do not qualify, nor do review or position papers, commentaries or book chapters.

Middle author papers are considered if letters of support identify that the Nominee has a leadership role relevant to the work, such as within the collaborative research group or network.

Submitted publications should be annotated:

  1. To describe the hypothesis for the work in question

  2. To describe the nominee’s role in the work if not first or last author

If the fellowship mentor is listed as an author on publications or the Nominee continues to work in the same research environment after completion of training, letters must include specific information regarding the Nominee’s independent contributions. A supplemental letter in this regard from the mentor or other faculty member with in-depth knowledge can be provided if appropriate.

Hypothesis-related research/current and active

Application should demonstrate that Nominee is engaged in hypothesis-related research as a major focus of their career, through publications and funding, supplemented by letters.


Letters of support from Nominator and Seconder must support the nominee as an investigator with evidence of hypothesis-related research as a major focus of their professional activity. **NEW** Click here to download the Nomination Letter template.


  • All SPR members (except Junior members) in good standing, with dues fully paid, including current SPR Officers or Council members.


  • Nomination letters for individuals must be provided by two current SPR Active Members in good standing.

  • Individuals within or outside an individual’s institution can provide letters of support and nomination. Of note, peers of the individual who are SPR Active Members in good standing can also provide letters of support and nomination.


  • SPR council will review all completed applications and will select new members at the council meeting in late fall.

  • New members are announced in November/December, membership is effective January 1.

  • Council decisions are final, but unsuccessful applicants may be re-nominated in subsequent years if they meet eligibility criteria.


  • Nominator must contact nominees & seconding members.

    • For Nominee: Gather name and email address. Nominee will submit Nominee Information Requirements.

    • For Seconding member: Gather name, contact information and letter.

  • Nominator: **NEW** Click here to download the Nomination Letter template. Follow nominator letter guide to prepare nomination letter. Letter must be on institutional stationary with evidence of membership criteria met. Seconding letters may be less detailed, but both nominating and second letters should include:

    • Document completed advance degree(s).

    • Demonstrate that the nominee is conducting hypothesis-related research activities in pediatrics or child health.

    • Demonstrate nominee's independent research trajectory through publications, patents or leadership roles within collaborative teams.

    • Demonstrate nominee's leadership and substantive participation in the concept, design and execution of research of benefit to children.

When the above materials are assembled, the nominating member initiates the nomination.


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