The Science & PINS Prize is awarded for innovative research that modulates neural activity through physical (electrical, magnetic, optical) stimulation of targeted sites in the nervous system with implications for translational medicine. Established in 2016, the prize is administered by Science and Science Translational Medicine and awarded annually for outstanding research as described in a 1,500 word essay based on research performed in the past three years.
* Chemical stimulation is not one of the categories being evaluated for 2019; there was an erroneous print advertisement in editions of Science in December 2018 and January 2019. Please read the full details on judging criteria and eligibility requirements, available below on this page.
Prize money: US$25,000
Next application deadline: The application period for the 2019 Science & PINS Prize in Neuromodulation have closed. Check here for when applications for the 2020 prize open!
Rules of Eligibility
Entrants must be a Junior Investigator with an advanced degree received in the last 10 years and must be 45 years or younger as of January 1, 2019.
The entrant's essay must describe their research and its implications for neuromodulation.
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 PINS, 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, which describes his or her research and places it in perspective with respect to current research in the field of neuromodulation. The essay must not exceed 1,500 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:
- Full citations of papers that the entrant has published on the research described in the essay
- Academic and professional awards and honors that the entrant has received; and
- 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.
March/April/May: Compilation and Review of Submissions
June/July: Selection of Prize Winner
September: Announcement of Prize Winner and Awards Ceremony
Deadline for Entries
The application period for the 2019 Science & PINS Prize in Neuromodulation have closed. Check here for when applications for the 2020 prize open!
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 neuroscience. The essays will be rated in two areas: scientific quality and significance, and clarity and style of the writing.