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Guidelines for applicants
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How to apply
Applications must be submitted through the online application form. Entries must be complete to be eligible and all fields are required unless indicated otherwise.
Applicant details (items in this section will not be judged)
- First Name
- Last Name
- Job title
- Organization/affiliation — if you have multiple affiliations, please list the organization where you have established your independent research group
- Country — if you have multiple affiliations, please list the country where you have established your independent research group
- Email address
- Phone number (including country code)
- Postal Address
- Short promotional biography (up to 200 words) - please include in this order - job/role title, description of current role and research, career and educational history.
- Head shot photograph 150x150px
- Declaration — self declaration that the applicant meets the eligibility criteria for the Nature Research Awards for Driving Global Impact 2021 as laid out in the award terms and conditions.
- The applicant is employed by a university, research institute or any other not-for-profit organisation.
- The applicant must hold a PhD or clinical doctorate, one of which awarded no earlier than 2006.
- The applicant must lead an independent research group established within the past 5 years as of 1st January 2021.
- Please provide the date of establishment of your independent research group, based on the commencement of your first project — this is the reference date used for the calculation of the eligibility period.
- Eligible leaves of absence (optional) — the start and end dates of eligible maternity leaves or other formal leaves of absence taken after the date you were awarded your PhD or doctorate.
- The applicant is resident in any country, other than those prescribed in Article 3.a of the Terms & Conditions.
- The applicant (or members of their immediate families) are not a directors or employee of the Springer Nature; any holding company or subsidiary of Springer Nature; or the judging panel
- Select one of the global challenges that your research will most address:
- Food security, water security and/or energy security – ensuring a long term, sustainable supply of either food, water or energy
- Healthcare interventions – the assessment, improvement or promotion of human health
- Environmental protection – protection of the natural environment on land and water including the repair of damage
- Climate change – slowing climate change and adapting to what’s unavoidable
- Sustainable cities – building green, liveable cities that last
All members of the judging panel have a scientific background but may not be familiar with your area of specialisation. Please bear this in mind and address your answers to a general science-literate audience.
- Provide a summary of your scientific achievements to date. Maximum 250 words.
- Provide details of up to five of your most important publications with a brief explanation for each as to why it has been selected. Maximum 150 words for each article title, and 250 words for each explanation.
- Provide details of up to three of your most important scientific achievements with a brief explanation for each as to why it has been selected — achievements may include conference presentations, collaborative projects, grants, or awards related to your work. Please do not include publications. Maximum 150 words for each achievement title and 250 words for each explanation.
Research programme and its potential for scientific impact
- Explain the goals of your current research programme. Maximum 250 words.
- Outline the breakthrough nature of your team’s research and how this will advance your field— detail how the research will advance any other fields, where relevant. Maximum 250 words.
- Provide an overview of the research programme and timelines for the project — include details of the research programme and methodologies to be undertaken to address the research objectives. Maximum 250 words.
Research programme and its potential for impact on the global challenges
When outlining potential impact, applicants should include only what can reasonably be expected for their research.
- Explain the impact of your research programme on the global challenge you have selected. Quantify any demonstrated outcomes and/or expected potential future impact. Maximum 400 words.
- List the beneficiaries of the research and explain the nature of the impact on the beneficiaries beyond academia— the beneficiaries may include, for example, patients, clinical staff, policymakers, and groups of the general public. Maximum 250 words.
- Explain and quantify the reach and significance of the impact, alongside expected timelines — as an example, this may include numbers of patients and the expected level of impact on them. Maximum 250 words.
- Explain the expected pathway to impact, of your team’s research. Include relevant audiences, channels of communication, dissemination and extension/translation. Maximum 250 words.
Terms and conditions for applicants
Applicants must read and agree to the terms and conditions of the award programme.
Applications are invited between 11th January 2021 and 23:59 BST on 30th April 2021.
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