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NOMIS & Science Young Explorer Award

The award is presented for outstanding research performed by the applicant as described in a 1,000-word essay.

The Grand Prize Winner Receives:
The Grand Prize winner will be awarded a cash prize in the amount of US $15,000, and be provided travel and accommodation to the award ceremony, if applicable.  Additionally, the Grand Prize winner is invited to present a proposal for funding* to the NOMIS board, as well as receive a 5 year digital subscription to Science, and have their winning essay published in Science, in print and online.

Runner(s) Up Receives:
Runner(s) Up will be awarded a cash prize in the amount of US$5,000, and be provided travel and accommodation to the award ceremony, if applicable.  Additionally, the Runner(s) Up will receive a 5 year digital subscription to Science, and have their winning essay published in Science online.

*The selected Grand Prize Award winner is automatically eligible to submit a funding proposal on the basis of their essay to NOMIS. All processes, rules and policies related to funding/grants and all obligations related to selection and granting thereof will be the sole responsibility of NOMIS. 

ALL FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL TAXES, AND ANY OTHER COSTS AND EXPENSES, ASSOCIATED WITH THE RECEIPT OR USE OF THE PRIZE ARE THE SOLE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE WINNER.

Rules of Award

Eligibility

Entrants must be younger than thirty-five (35) years of age and must hold an M.D., Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. at the time of entry. The award will be granted annually to one young scientist based on work done in the past 3 years.

Procedures for Entry

The entrant must submit the following items:

  • A completed Entry Form.
  • An essay, written by the entrant, that describes his/her/their research at the intersection of the life and social sciences, showing interdisciplinary work. 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 last 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 of the prize selection process. You will be contacted only if there are additonal materials or information needed.

February/March/April/May/June: Compilation and Review of Submissions

July/August/September: Selection of Award Winner(s)

November: Announcement of  Award Winner(s)

2022:  Award Ceremony

Deadline for Entries

The application period for the 2021 award has closed.  Please check back to see when the 2022 application period opens.

Judging Procedures

Science editors will screen the essays. A committee of scientists chaired by a Science Senior Editor, Deputy Editor, Editor or Editor in Chief, will select winners from the finalists and will decide on the winners.  The essays will be judged on their scientific quality, and the clarity and style of writing.

Questions/Inquiries:

nomisscienceawards@aaas.org