Eppendorf & Science Prize for Neurobiology

October 1, 2017

June 15, 2018


Awards Description

The international Eppendorf & Science Prize for Neurobiology 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

Entry deadline for the 2018 Prize: June 15, 2018

The Eppendorf & Science Prize for Neurobiology acknowledges the increasing importance of this research in advancing our understanding of how the brain and nervous system function – a quest that seems destined for dramatic expansion in the coming decades.

Eppendorf and Science/AAAS established this international prize in 2002. The Prize is intended to encourage and support the work of promising young neurobiologists who are not older than 35 years. It 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, as described in a 1,000-word entrance essay.

Journal Science 
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The grand prize winner of the Eppendorf & Science Prize for Neurobiology is selected along with up to three finalists by an independent board of scientists that is chaired by Science’s senior editor, D. Peter Stern. The winner is awarded US$ 25,000. This is a personal gift. The grand prize winner‘s essay is published in Science and on Science Online. Furthermore, the winner receives a complimentary 10-year AAAS Membership, a 10-year digital subscription to Science as well as US$ 1,000 in complimentary Eppendorf products.

The award is announced and presented at a ceremony in conjunction with the Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience. Eppendorf provides full support for the grand prize winner to attend this event. The winner is also invited for a later trip to Hamburg to visit Eppendorf.

The finalist essays are published on Science Online. The finalists receive full support to attend the prize ceremony. Furthermore, the finalists receive a complimentary  5-year AAAS Membership, a 5-year digital subscription to Science as well as US$ 1,000 in complimentary Eppendorf products.

Rules of eligibility

  • The Eppendorf & Science Prize for Neurobiology is an international research prize.
  • 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, Science and AAAS and their relatives are not eligible for the prize.

Procedures for entry

All entrants must submit the following items in English:

  • A completed entry form
  • An essay written by the entrant that describes his/her research with relevance to and in keeping with current methods and advances 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 this work must have been performed in the past three years.
  • A one-page letter of recommendation from his/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 the prize management system.

Below is a timeline for the prize selection process. You will be contacted only if there are additional materials or information needed. Please note: If your contact information changes after submission then you must inform sciencemag.org or call +1 202326 6513.

June-August: Compilation and review of submissions
September: Selection and notification of prize winner
November: Announcement of prize winner and prize ceremony

The winner and finalists will be informed no later than the end of September. All applicants will be informed by the end of October. The winner and finalists will be officially announced at the prize ceremony.

Deadline for entries

June 15, 2018

Judging procedures

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

Contact information

Selection Committee for the
Eppendorf & Science Prize for Neurobiology
Attention: Maryrose Madrid, Rm. 1049B
1200 New York Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20005
United States

E-mail address: eppendorfscienceprize@aaas.org

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