Science and SciLifeLab Prize for Young Scientists Now Open

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), formed in 1848, is an international non-profit organisation dedicated to advancing science, engineering and innovation throughout the world for the benefit of all people. Established in 2010, Science for Life Laboratory (SciLifeLab) is a Swedish national centre for molecular biosciences with a focus on health and environmental research.

The Science and SciLifeLab Prize for Young Scientists has been created by AAAS and SciLifeLab to demonstrate that global economic health is dependent on encouraging recent graduates to continue in their chosen field of scientific research.

Awarded annually, the prize is given to young scientists for outstanding life science research for which they were awarded a doctoral degree in the previous two years. Applicants are required to submit an essay on their thesis for a chance to win one of four prizes. The research described in the entrant’s thesis must fall within one of the following categories (Subject Tracks):

Cell and Molecular Biology: including cellular and molecular processes, ranging from single molecules/cells to tissue/organ systems.

Genomics, Proteomics and Systems Biology: focusing on genomics, proteomics, integrative omics and systems biology approaches, including computational, to facilitate comprehensive understanding of living cells, organisms and species.

Ecology and Environment: encompassing interactions between organisms and their environment, and how these processes are influenced by human activity.

Molecular Medicine: building on the molecular understanding of disease in humans to develop preventive, diagnostic and therapeutic approaches, including individualised medicine.

Entrants for the 2020 prize must have been awarded their PhD in 2018 or 2019, and the subject of their thesis should match one of the prize categories. The prize will only recognise work that was performed while the entrant was a graduate student. Entrants can be based in any country.

The winning entry receives a cash prize of $30,000. There are also three additional runner-up prizes of $10,000. The grand prize winning essay will be published in Science journal and essays from the three category winners will be published online.

Entries must be received by the closing date of 15 July 2020.

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