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This is the home page for the Vanguard Prize.  Please visit the Awards Home Page to apply for a different award. 

Once you have read the requirements, please Click Here to submit your nomination.

ASTS recognizes and honors ASTS junior members for their efforts in basic and clinical research by awarding travel prizes to the ASTS State of the Art Winter Symposium. The Vanguard Prize is designed to identify the best clinical and basic research manuscripts from young investigators in the previous year. 

Eligible nominees must be junior faculty within five years of fellowship. Self nominations are accepted.

Two awards are available annually, contingent upon the availability of funds and the receipt of qualified applications. Award recipients receive $1,000 honoraria, all-access registration to the Winter Symposium, three nights’ hotel accommodations (room and tax only), and reimbursed travel expenses up to $750 associated with travel to the ASTS Winter Symposium. Recipients will be recognized during the Awards Ceremony at the Winter Symposium and will present their research during the Oral Abstract Session.


  • ASTS Member (Regular or Candidate Member)
  • Clinical Instructor or Assistant Professor surgical faculty member at a UNOS approved (or Canadian equivalent) transplant center, within 5 years of fellowship
  • Previous recipients of the Vanguard Prize are not eligible.

Submission Requirements

  • CV of the nominee
  • Copy of research paper

The Vanguard Prize is scored based on the following weighted categories:

  • Methodology 20%
  • Originality 10%
  • Overall/Impact 50%
  • Significance 20%