2015 Eppendorf & Science Prize for Neurobiology

Kate Stuart
April 8, 2015

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
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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 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.

Learn more about the history of the Eppendorf & Science Prize for Neurobiology with the anniversary booklet "Celebrating 10 years of Scientific Excellence".

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 must be completed electronically and additional submission materials must be sent by email in PDF format to: eppendorfscienceprize@aaas.org. Please note that the additional submission materials must be sent by e-mail immediately after the electronic entry form is completed to be counted as an entry.

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, 2015

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 
Science
Attention: Maryrose Madrid, Rm. 1049B
1200 New York Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20005
United States

E-mail address: eppendorfscienceprize@aaas.org