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NOSTER and Science Microbiome Prize

Posted by on Monday, December 21, 2020 in Announcements .


For 2020, entrants must be younger than thirty-five (35) years of age, must hold an M.D., PhD.or M.D./Ph.D at the time of entry, and have received their degree in the last 10 years.

The applicant must have done or directed all of the work and it must have been performed in the past three years.


The Prize will be judged on the basis of 1,000-word essay and supporting documents. The essay should describe the innovative research performed by the applicant that reveals exciting novel functions of the microbiota that has potential to contribute to our understanding of human or veterinary health and disease or to guide therapeutic interventions.

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 microbiome research. 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 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:
    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 for the prize selection process. You will be contacted only if there are additional materials or information needed.

January/February/March: Compilation and Review of Submissions

April/May: Selection of Prize Winner

July: Announcement of Prize Winner

September: Award Ceremony in Washington, DC

Deadline for Entries: 24 January 2021

Judging Procedures

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 microbiome research. The essays will be rated in two areas: scientific quality and significance, and clarity and style of the writing.