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NOSTER & Science Microbiome Prize

Deadline for Entries: 24 January 2021


No one walks alone. Every human is enveloped by and contains trillions of microorganisms. The past decade’s research has revealed the essential nature of the relationships with these other organisms for healthy development and adult life. Research on the microbiome has blossomed thanks to technological advances in genomics and bioinformatics. Already, many surprising discoveries have been made about the fundamental role the microbiota play in inflammation, cancer, obesity and many other chronic non-communicable diseases that assail humans.



The groundwork has been laid for a shift of gear from mapping microbial associations with health and disease states to working out the mechanistic details and the dynamics of the interactions between hosts and their microbiota. This growing field promises to translate fundamental discoveries and help answer questions about healthy human development, metabolism, and immunity.


The NOSTER Science Microbiome Prize has been established to reward innovative research by young investigators working on the functional attributes of the microbiota of any organism that has potential to contribute to our understanding of human or veterinary health and disease or to guide therapeutic interventions.


Grand Prize winner receives:

Each Grand Prize winner will be awarded a cash prize in the amount of US$25,000 and travel and accommodation for the prize ceremony.


The Grand Prize winner will also receive a free five (5) year digital subscription to Science and will have their winning essay published in Science.


Runner(s) Up receives:

Each Runner up will receive an award plaque and travel and accommodation for the prize ceremony.

The Runner(s) Up will also receive a free one (1) year digital subscription to Science and will have their winning essay published in Science online. Maximum number of Runners Up is 2.


Eligibility


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.


Submission

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 colleagues 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 honours 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.

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