About the David Perlman Award

Recipients should have made outstanding contributions to the area of Industrial Fermentation, Process Development and/or Manufacturing. They should be visionaries, exhibit leadership qualities, and have pioneered efforts in industrial microbiology and/or biotechnology. While desirable, a strong publication or patent record is not to be used as the sole criteria for selection of the award winner since industrial “How To” publications are limited. For this award, “Excellence” should also be defined, at least in part, as commercial success and be process focused. Also for the purpose of this award, Fermentation is broadly defined as “bioprocessing”, to include the use of cells (or enzymes and other subcellular entities and organelles) regardless of source, e.g. bacteria, archaea, fungi, algae, mammalian, insect, etc., living or not, free or immobilized and “green technology” including retrofitting existing processes (organisms or enzymes) and de novo bioprocesses to achieve greater environmental sustainability.

The awardee is required to present a plenary lecture at the RAFT® Meeting. The award consists of an honorarium of $1000 and a one year membership in SIMB and an appropriately inscribed plaque, all of which are presented at the RAFT® Meeting by the SIMB President. The SIMB will reimburse the awardee for travel such as coach airfare, meeting registration, special activities, meals and hotel expenses.


As evidenced by their CV and current list of publications, recipients should have made outstanding research contributions in industrial microbiology and/or biotechnology. While activities such as journal editing, organizing and chairing conferences, and serving scientific societies in official capacities may also be considered when judging their contributions towards research, the most important and overriding factor in selecting nominees for this Award is research accomplishments.

Nominations Process

Nominations will only be accepted by email. Nominations must be accompanied by three letters of recommendation from peers in the relevant area of science. Letters must clearly state why the nominee deserves the award by citing at least two examples. Also required is a recent copy of the nominee’s CV highlighting any specific awards or honors which are pertinent to receiving this award. Please send your nominations and required documentation to Mahendra Jain, SIMB Awards & Honors Chair, mahendra3950@gmail.com.

Deadline: September 1, 2019

David Perlman Awardees

2017 – Stuart M. Stocks
2015 – Robert Schwartz