The Battery Division has established the Young Professional Travel Grants program to recognize promising young professional who are in the first five years of their appointments and engaged in research in the science and engineering of electrochemical energy storage and conversion. The grants are intended to help defray the costs of travel, lodging, meeting registration and subsistence for the young professional to present a paper orally at a meeting sponsored or cosponsored by the Battery Division.
These grants shall be known as the “Young Professional Travel Grants of the Battery Division of the Electrochemical Society.” The grants will only be given when sufficient funding is available and qualified applicants can be identified. If the number of qualified applicants exceeds funds available, funds will be given to first-time recipients, new research groups, and presenters in symposia where the Battery Division is the lead sponsor. The grants shall be given for a single meeting. The recipients will receive a check in an amount not exceeding $1,000 payable to the recipient at the time of the meeting and a waiver of registration for that meeting as well as one-year membership in the Society.
Each year, the total funding available for these grants shall be proposed by the Chair of the Battery Division and approved by the Executive Committee of the Battery Division at the Spring or Fall Meeting of the Electrochemical Society, Inc. The funds to support this program shall be drawn from the General Fund of the Battery Division. In the event funds are not available from this source, no grants shall be given.
The recipient must attend the meeting and give his/her oral presentation to receive the grant.
The intent of the grant is to utilize inputs from the Battery Division members to identify promising young professional members engaged in research in the science and engineering of electrochemical energy storage and conversion. It is believed that the grants will provide recognition of past performance and encouragement to talented young professional to continue research in the field.
To be eligible to receive a grant, a young professional must meet the following requirements:
Within 5 years of their initial employment as a young professional by the time of submitting the application.
Must have submitted a paper for oral presentation at the meeting for which the travel grant request is made.
Deadline: For ECS biannual meetings, applications must be received by January 1 for Spring meetings, or July 1 for Fall meetings. For other ECS Battery Division sponsored symposia or conferences, two months before the meeting.
The recipient cannot receive a second travel grant from the Battery Division during the same calendar year.
The application for the grant must include:
a brief curriculum vitae including a record of the applicant’s achievements, e.g., publications, technical presentations, patents, honors, etc.;
a statement, which describes the general area of research being pursued by the applicant of relevance to the science and engineering of electrochemical energy storage and energy conversion devices. The outline and statement should be no longer than 500 words;
two letters of recommendation from established researchers acquainted with the applicant research; and
a copy of the Abstract submitted to the oral presentation in the meeting for which the award application is made.
Selection of Grant Recipients
Selection Committee — At the fall Meeting of the Society, the Chair of the Battery Division, with the approval of the Executive Committee of the Battery Division, shall appoint a chair for the Selection Committee, who in turn shall appoint two additional members to the Committee. Committee members shall also be members of the Battery Division. Names of the Committee members shall be reported to the Society Headquarters at the time of their appointment. The Committee Chair shall solicit applications for the Grants by announcement in Interface, posting in the Society website, or other means. The Selection Committee shall screen the applicants and make their final recommendations to the Battery Division Executive Committee. The number of grants for any particular year shall depend both on the availability of funds, as decided by the Executive Committee, and on the number of qualified recipients as recommended by the Selection Committee. If the Selection Committee recommendations are approved, the Executive Committee shall submit the proposed recipient name(s) to the Society Headquarters. In the event that the nominees are not approved by the Executive Committee the matter shall be referred back to the Selection Committee for further study and/or clarification.
If in a given year the Selection Committee decides that there are no qualified applicants, no grant shall be made that year. If the Selection Committee cannot resolve a tie regarding relative merits of two candidates and funds are not sufficient for grants to both candidates, then the tie will be resolved by the Chair of the Executive Committee of the Battery Division.
If the number of qualified applicants exceeds funds available, priority will be given to first-time recipients, new research groups, and presenters in symposia where the Battery Division is the lead sponsor.
Basis of Selection — Recipients shall be selected on the basis of past performance (30%), the overall quality of the research as judged by the material provided in the Abstract (40%), and the recommendation letter from colleagues acquainted with research conducted by the applicant (30%).
Recipient Notification — Upon approval of the recipients by the Battery Division Executive Committee, the Chair of the Battery Division shall notify the Society Headquarters and arrange for the preparation of appropriate news release. Checks will be issued by the appropriate officer of the Society directly to the recipient, as indicated in a written request by the Chair of the Battery Division to the Society Headquarters, and delivered to the recipient at the time of the Meeting at which the recipient will present the paper. The Chair of the Battery Division shall notify the recipients of the grant.
Deadline: For ECS biannual meetings, applications must be received by January 1 for Spring meetings and July 1 for Fall meetings. For other ECS Battery Division sponsored symposia or conferences, the application should be submitted two (2) months before the meeting.