Call for Nominations: Ernst Schering Prize for basic research in the life sciences25 November 2020
DownloadsErnst Schering Prize nomination form
A special focus is on nominees actively pursuing their scientific goals for the benefit of society. Nominations will be accepted from established scientists as well as from scientific societies or organizations
About the prize
The Schering Stiftung in Berlin, Germany, is pleased to announce the opening of the call for nominations for the Ernst Schering Prize 2021. The deadline for submitting nominations is February 17, 2021.
The 50,000-euro Ernst Schering Prize honors individual scientists in the fields of medicine, biology or chemistry, whose groundbreaking work has yielded new, inspiring models and led to fundamental shifts in knowledge. Eligible are scientists worldwide who have made outstanding contributions to biomedical basic research and who will be motivated by the award to continue to carry out top-level research.
The call for nominations has been revised since previous years. A stronger emphasis is now placed on nominees actively pursuing their scientific goals for the benefit of society. An active engagement in socially relevant debates or initiation of specific programs that inspire and support future generations of scientists have been added to the list of criteria for the selection process.
The prize has been awarded every year since 1991. Among the former laureates were Bonnie L. Bassler (Princeton, 2018), Matthias Mann (Martinsried, 2012), Rudolf Jaenisch (Cambridge, 2009), Klaus Rajewski (Berlin, 2008) and Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard (Tübingen, 1993).
50,000 EUR | There are no conditions attached to the prize money
Eligible for application are individual scientists worldwide:
- who perform biological, medical or chemical research in the field of biomedicine,
- whose pioneering research has in recent years resulted in new and inspiring avenues or led to
- breakthroughs in biomedical knowledge, and
- who actively participate in relevant debates between science and society , or who have started
- initiatives to guide future generations and inspire them to further their career.
A special focus is on nominees actively pursuing their scientific goals for the benefit of society. Nominations will be accepted from established scientists as well as from scientific societies or organizations.
- Ernst Schering Prize nomination form
- Brief summary of the research for which the nominee is nominated, explaining its significance and the nominee‘s special contribution to it (three pages)
- Proof of nominee’s activities to promote young talents and/or foster public debate
- Three standardized letters of recommendation (PDs available on https://scheringstiftung.de/en): two from established and highly regarded scientists who are not members of the nominee’ s department/institute and one recommendation from a scientist whose work lies outside the research area of the nominee
- CV (tabular form) without photograph and without list of publications (three pages max.)
- List of ten most important publications
- Copies of three most important publications central to the proposal
To express an interest in being nominated by the Royal Irish Academy please submit the nomination documents to email@example.com by midday on Monday, 18 January 2021.
Candidates are also expected to be employed at an institution on the island of Ireland and/or be a permanent resident of Ireland
Achievements and contributions
Nominees will be assessed by the Royal Irish Academy on their track record of:
- Publishing high-impact work
- Publishing high-impact work as first-author
- Presenting work at international conferences
- Raising the profile of their field in Ireland
- Securing research funding from international sources
- Supervising doctoral candidates and supporting early career researchers
This opportunity is publicly advertised by the Royal Irish Academy.
All expressions of interest received will be considered by the Academy’s Policy Oversight Group - the unit tasked with advising upon the initiation and implementation of all of the Academy’s policy and international activities and responsible for overseeing a standardised quality process for all outputs. Chaired by the Academy’s Secretary of Policy and International Relations, the six members of this group are all elected Members of the Royal Irish Academy and come from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds in several institutions across the island of Ireland- both north and south of the border. On occasions, the Policy Oversight Group may also consult additional experts to inform their assessments and evaluations.
The Royal Irish Academy values diversity and strives for a culture of equality and inclusion in all of its activities. As outlined in its Strategic Plan 2019-2023, the Academy is committed to ensuring greater gender, disciplinary, institutional and overall diversity in every area of the Academy and its work throughout the island of Ireland. It particularly welcomes nominations from under-represented groups and communities.
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