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Arvinas Early Career Researcher Award

2021 marked twenty years since Arvinas’ founder Craig Crews and his team published the first paper on protein degradation technology. In honor of this milestone and Arvinas’ leadership in targeted protein degradation (TPD), we are excited to announce the Arvinas Early Career Researcher Award. This award aims to recognize up-and-coming researchers bringing innovation, new approaches and creative thinking to advance the field of targeted protein degradation; acknowledging their dedication and commitment to this therapeutic approach toward otherwise intractable disease targets.

Nature of Award: A monetary award of $25,000 is presented along with a personalized plaque. The winner will be alerted during the 5th Annual Targeted Protein Degradation Summit, scheduled for October 25-28, 2022, in Boston.

Funding & Support: Arvinas, Inc.


  • Researchers in academia (graduate or postdoctoral level at the time of studies conducted and/or published)
  • Applicants may not have a direct role in patient diagnosis and/or treatment
  • Applicants may also submit jointly with another researcher. Applicants may choose to include the names of other researchers they have collaborated with; however, only the applicant will receive the monetary award.
  • Affiliated with an academic or research institution globally
  • Demonstrated professional and scientific leadership in protein degradation
  • Applicants must be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident or have DACA status
  • Exhibited scientific curiosity and an established pattern of creative thinking
  • Self-nominations are allowed
  • Only entries meeting criteria will be considered

* All award winners will be selected based on the criteria outlined below. Winner must be available to attend the award presentation.

Review Criteria:

You may submit up to three nominations, no more than one nominee can be from your own institution.

  1. Submissions will be evaluated based on details related to how the individual has fostered innovation in the field of targeted protein degradation, or ways the individual is either planning to or currently applying new approaches or creative thinking to this field. Please do not submit bios or resumes as a submission.
  2. Please feel free to provide personal anecdotes, supply any relevant metrics and consider the following as part of your submission: accounts related to innovation, new discoveries, leadership, novel strategies, leading-edge creativity, etc.
  3. Submissions should capture the inspired and innovative spirit of the prospective nominee.
  4. Applicants should include up to three recent, relevant, and referenced publications that demonstrate key contribution(s) to the targeted protein degradation field; may include formerly submitted publications
  5. Arvinas will begin accepting applications on June 1, 2022 and must be received by 11:59pm ET on August 1, 2022.


The selection of the winner will be the responsibility of the Arvinas Early Career Researcher Award Review Committee, which comprises scientific leaders at Arvinas along with some key members of Arvinas’ leadership team (the “Review Committee”). All entries will first be screened to ensure they meet the criteria. All applications that pass the screening will then be reviewed by the Review Committee and be scored based on the review criteria. The Review Committee will select a winner from among the top scoring applicants.

Nomination Questions and Instructions for Submission:

Questions to be addressed in each Submission

  1. How has the individual fostered innovation to advance the field of targeted protein degradation? Please include the new approaches or creative thinking the individual has contributed to advance the field. (500-word max)
  2. What makes your nominee unique? (250-word max)
  3. Your submission should include up to three recent, relevant, and referenced publications, including already submitted publications in the field.

The application process for the Arvinas Early Career Researcher Award is now closed.