The FACSS Innovation Award is given to the most innovative research debuted orally at SciX. All presenters are eligible, if the content of their presentation has not been published or presented in any domain before the SciX meeting (articles in submission but not published are acceptable). Also, the work must have high impact and be a major advancement from previous work (i.e. no incremental advancements). 

When submitting a paper, authors can check the appropriate box for their papers to be entered. Please review the 2018 Innovation Award Research Summary Instructions. Briefly, a 2-page research summary is now required from all Innovation Award applicants in order to better evaluate the research novelty. In assessing each candidate for the award, the judges are asked to consider innovation/novelty, impact, creativity, transformative potential and technical merit. The authors can address these points in any manner they wish in their 2-page application.   

To Apply:

  • Authors should carefully read the list of conditions attendant to this award to make certain the work is eligible. 
  • The authors should also state clearly what aspect of their work is unpublished and not presented at conferences previously (work based on submitted papers not yet published electronically or in print at the time of abstract submission does qualify).  
  • Submit the PDF document by email to: facss[at]facss[dot]org by June 29, 2018. You will receive an acknowledgement by email. 

Each award includes
A total cash prize of $1,500
A plaque for each author

Deadline for completed applications (research summary + submitted abstract) for the Innovation Award is June 29, 2018. 

Past Innovation Award Recipients

2017 Recipient

Optical Reflection and Waveguiding of Sound in Free Space
Daniel Kazal
Ellen Holthoff2, Brian Cullum1; 1University of Maryland, Baltimore County,
Army Research Laboratory, Adelphi, MD

Interview with Daniel Kazal by Spectroscopy Magazine

2016 Recipient
An Inexpensive Medical Device for Barrett’s Esophagus Screening; Rohith Reddy1, 2,
Michalina Gora1,2, Jing Dong1, 2, Matthew Beatty, 2, Wolfgang Trasischker1, 2, Kanwarpal Singh1,2,
Amna Soomro, 2, Catriona Grant, 2, Mireille Rosenberg, 2, Guillermo Tearney1, 2; 1Harvard Medical School; 2Massachusetts General Hospital
Interview with Rohith Reddy by Spectroscopy Magazine

2015 Recipients
Five-dimensional Single Particle Tracking in Live Cells;
Ning Fang1, Yan Gu2,Kuangcai Chen1,2, Tian Xia4; 1Georgia State University; 2Iowa State University; 3Ames Laboratory, USDOE; 4Huazhong University of Science & Technology
Interview with Ning Fang by Spectroscopy Magazine
SERS in Live 3D Cell Cultures as a New Tool for Drug Discovery; Colin Campbell1, Lauren Jamieson1, Pierre Bagnaninchi1, David Harrison2 Victoria Camus; 1University of Edinburgh; 2University of St Andrews
Interview with Colin Campbell by Spectroscopy Magazine

2014 Recipient
Sub-PPM Detection Limits in Powder X-Ray Diffraction Guided by Second Harmonic Generation Imaging;
Garth Simpson, Purdue University
Interview with Garth Simpson by
Spectroscopy Magazine

2013 Recipients
Imaging Quantum Effects in Biological Systems;
Gregory S. Engel, The University of Chicago  
Interview with Gregory S. Engel by Spectroscopy Magazine
Portable Spectrometry: Making Good Use of CMOS Detectors; Alexander Scheeline1, Thu Anh Bui1,21SpectroClick, Inc.,  2Vietnam National University Hanoi  
Interview with Alexander Scheeline by Spectroscopy Magazine

2012 Recipient
Rohit Bhargava
, University of Illinois, Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology
Advancing Infrared Microscopy Instrumentation by Theory and Computation;
Rohit Bhargava, P. Scott Carney, Rohith Reddy, Kevin Yeh, Thomas van Dijk, Matthew Gelber, Matthew V. Schulmerich; Univeristy of Illinois, Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology
Interview with Rohit Bhargava

2011 Recipients
Ultrasound Enhanced ATR mid-IR Fibre Optic Probe for Spectroscopy of Particles in Suspensions; Cosima Koch, Markus Brandstetter, Stefan Radel, Bernhard Lendl; Vienna University of Technology, Austria
Interview with Koch and Lendl
Large-Area Standoff Planetary Raman Measurements Using a Novel Spatial Heterodyne Fourier Transform Raman Spectrometer; S. Michael Angel1, Nathaniel R. Gomer1, Shiv K. Sharma2, J. Chance Carter3; 1University of South Carolina, 2University of Hawaii, 3Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Interview with Angel
Single Molecule Fluorescence Imaging Studies of Dynamic Processes in Reversed Phase Chromatographic Materials; Justin Cooper, Eric Peterson, Joel Harris, University of Utah
Interview with Cooper
Laser Ablation Molecular Isotopic Spectrometry - New Dimension of LIBS ; Alexander Bol'shakov1, Richard Russo1,2, Xianglei Mao2, Dale Perry2, Osman Sorkhabi2, Chris McKay3; 1Applied Spectra, Inc., Fremont, CA, 2LBNL, Berkeley, CA, 3NASA-Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA
Interview with Bol'shakov

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