Eppendorf & Science Prize for Neurobiology

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The Eppendorf & Science Prize for Neurobiology acknowledges the increasingly active and important role of neurobiology in advancing our understanding of the functioning of the brain and the nervous system.

The Prize is awarded annually to one young scientist for the most outstanding neurobiological research based on methods of molecular and cell biology conducted by him/her during the past three years.

Prize money: US$25,000
Next application deadline: June 15,

Rules of Eligibility

  • Entrants must be a neurobiologist with an advanced degree received in the last 10 years and not older than 35 years of age.
  • The entrant's essay must describe contributions to neurobiological research based on methods of molecular and cell biology.
  • The entrant must have performed or directed the work described in the essay.
  • The research must have been performed during the previous three years.
  • Employees of Eppendorf AG, its subsidiaries, Science and AAAS, and their relatives are not eligible for the prize.

Procedures for Entry

The entrant must submit the following items:

  • A completed Entry Form.
  • An essay, written by the entrant, that describes his or her research and places it in perspective with respect to current research in the field of neurobiology. The essay must not exceed 1,000 words in length. The applicant must have done or directed all of the work and it must have been performed in the past three years.
  • A one-page letter of recommendation from his or her postdoctoral adviser, supervisor, or other senior colleague who is familiar with the entrant's work.
  • A Curriculum Vitae that includes the following:
    • 1.) Full citations of papers that the entrant has published on the research described in the essay
    • 2.) Academic and professional awards and honors that the entrant has received; and
    • 3.) Relevant professional experience
  • Copies of two of the entrant's papers that are most relevant to the essay.
  • The Entry Form and additional submission materials must be submitted electronically through our prize management system here.

Below is a timeline for the prize selection process. You will be contacted only if there are additional materials or information needed.

June/July/August: Compilation and Review of Submissions
September/October: Selection of Prize Winner
November: Announcement of Prize Winner and Awards Ceremony

Deadline for Entries

June 15, 2016

Judging Procedures

Editors from Science will be responsible for the initial evaluation of the essays. The top 10 percent of the essays will be forwarded to the judging panel. The judging panel will be composed of prominent international researchers in the field of neurobiology and will be chaired by the Neuroscience Editor of Science. Most of the judges will be appointed based on nominations from the Society for Neuroscience. The essays will be rated in two areas: scientific quality and significance, and clarity and style of the writing.


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