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Innovating Science Award

 

Inspiring Science Award

Guidelines for applicants

Please read the guidelines for applicants before starting your application.

How to apply

Applications must be submitted through the online application form .

The questions you will need to answer are listed below for reference. Entries must be complete (that is, all fields are required unless indicated otherwise) and submitted by 6th May 2019 23:59 BST to be eligible.

The application

Applicant details
  • Full name, Job title, Main affiliation, Country, Second affiliation, Country, Email address, Phone number (including country code), MD and/or PhD degree (discipline + university + graduation year), Postgraduate experience, ORCID ID
Eligibility
  • Date PhD* and/or MD** degree was received. *PhD degree or other type of doctorate by dissertation.** If you hold both a PhD and MD degree, please list the graduation date of the latest received
  • Extended leave of absences, if any: exact dates + duration. After receipt of PhD or MD degree
  • Eligibility (personal declaration by applicant)
I’m female or self-identify as female (please note that we use an inclusive definition of ‘woman’ and ‘female’ and we welcome trans women, genderqueer individuals, and non-binary people who are significantly female-identified).
I have obtained my PhD or MD within the past 10 years (at the end of the year the award will be granted, at 31st December 2019) or 10 years extended by the duration of any maternity leave(s) or other absences during this period.
At the time of application, I am in a non-tenured research position.
  • Please provide a letter from your HR department or department head confirming that you are in a non-tenured position.
  • Please provide a copy of your PhD/MD certificate that attests the date your degree was awarded.
Scientific achievements
  • What is your main research area: Life sciencesPhysical sciences (including mathematics and engineering), Social sciences, Medicine
  • Provide a brief summary of your main research interests or projects (maximum 1200 characters).
  • Provide a brief summary of how your research has advanced your research field (maximum 1500 characters).
  • Provide a brief summary of how your research has had an impact beyond your research field, for example, societal impact, impact on other research fields etc. (maximum 1500 characters).
  • Provide up to 5 of your most notable and impactful publications (articles, books and book chapters) and provide a short explanation (maximum 600 characters each) of why you selected them.
  • Provide up to 5 key highlights of your research career excluding publications (for example, posters or talks at conferences, successful grant applications, scientific prizes, contribution to policy documents, patents or other technological innovations etc.) and provide a short explanation (maximum 600 characters each) of why you selected them.
  • Provide a brief summary of your research plans for the near future (maximum 1500 characters).
  • Describe any particular challenges, professional or personal, that you have faced during the course of your studies and scientific career (maximum 1500 characters).
How have you inspired the next generation?
  • Please describe how you have you been involved in any outreach activities beyond your core duties, specifically targeted at girls and young women (<20 years) . Please complete the following information for your most impactful outreach activity.
  • Provide a brief description of your most impactful outreach activity targeted at girls and young women and provide a short explanation why this was selected (maximum 900 characters).
  • Which channel did you use? Social media, Personal mentoring, Tutoring, Others
  • How many girls/young women did you reach? <10, 10–50, 50–100, 100–1,000, >1,000
  • Describe your exact involvement (maximum 600 characters).
  • Please list up to 5 other outreach activities targeted at girls and young women you have been involved in (maximum 300 characters per activity).
  • Please describe how you have you been involved in any other general outreach activities (i.e. not specifically targeted at girls and young women) beyond your core duties? Please complete the following information about your most impactful outreach activity.
  • Provide a brief description of your most impactful outreach activity and a short explanation why you selected this activity (maximum 900 characters).
  • Who was the target audience of this activity (maximum 60 characters)?
  • Describe your exact involvement (maximum 600 characters).
  • Please provide a personal statement about why it is important to encourage more girls to be interested in/engage with STEM subjects? STEM includes natural sciences, social sciences, mathematics, engineering and medicine (maximum 1500 characters).
Shortlist profile
If your application is shortlisted, the responses to the following points will constitute your shortlist profile:
  • Please introduce yourself and your job role and field (480 characters).
  • What challenges did you face on your journey to where you are now and how did you overcome them (480 characters)?
  • What is one piece of advice or encouragement you would give other girls or women starting out on their science career? What was the best advice given to you (480 characters)?
  • Please provide a black-and-white headshot photograph in high-resolution 150 x 150 pixel JPEG format.
Parts of the above will be used on the website and across promotional materials.
Contact information of referees
Please provide contact details of at least 2 referees who can confirm the details of the information provided by the applicant: Name of referee, Organization, Email address, Phone number (including country code), Relationship to applicant

 

Terms and conditions for applicants

By applying, applicants agree to the terms and conditions of the award programme.

Key dates

Applications: applications are invited between 5th March 2019 and 23:59 BST on 6th May 2019.

Shortlist: the shortlist will be announced in September 2019.

Winner: the winner will be invited to the award ceremony, which will take place in October 2019.

Contact

Please contact us at inspiring@nature.com if you require any further information.

 

Innovating Science Award

Guidelines for applicants

Please read the guidelines for applicants before starting your application.

How to apply

Applications must be submitted through the online application form. The questions you will need to answer are listed below for reference. Entries must be complete (that is, all fields are required unless indicated otherwise) and submitted by 6th May 2019 23:59 BST to be eligible.

The application

Applicant/organization details
  • Full name of the organization (if applying as a group)
  • Name of applicant (if applying as an individual)
  • Job title of applicant (if applying as an individual)
  • Email of applicant (if applying as an individual)
  • Phone number of applicant (if applying as an individual)
  • Name of the spokesperson of the organization (if applying as a group). This person will be listed as the named winner and will receive an invite to the award ceremony.
  • Job title of the spokesperson of the organization (if applying as a group)
  • Email of the spokesperson of the organization (if applying as a group)
  • Phone number (including country code) of the spokesperson of the organization (if applying as a group)
  • Name of contact person for this application. The person who will be managing any admin related queries for this application. Please complete this information if different from the spokesperson/applicant.
  • Email of contact person for this application
  • Phone number (including country code) of contact person for this application
Description of initiative
  • Please provide a brief summary (maximum 1200 characters) of your or your organization’s initiative aimed at encouraging girls and young women to engage with STEM subjects. STEM includes natural sciences, social sciences, mathematics, engineering and medicine.
  • Please provide links to your website and/or social media accounts.
  • Please specify the exact countries your initiative has an impact in.
    • The country information specified here will be used to allocate country-specific points.
    • In case of blog posts or social media, global reach should be specified and no country-specific points will be allocated.
  • What proportion of your target group consists of girls or young women (<20 years)?
  • How many girls/young women have you reached since you started your initiative? <10, 10–50, 50–100, 100–1,000, >1,000
  • What is the main method used to deliver your initiative’s activities? Social media, Blog posts, Website, One-on-one contacts (in person, email or phone), Lecture, Workshop, science fair, Networking event, Other [provide details]
  • For how many years has your initiative been running?
  • How often do you organize activities? Daily, Once a week, Once a month, Once a year, Other
  • How do you measure the success of your initiative ( maximum 600 characters)?
  • Please provide up to 3 examples of successful outcomes of your initiative (maximum 600 characters each). These can include anecdotal evidence, quotes, comments or testimonials, social media measures, press comments, etc.
  • Please define the exact involvement of the spokesperson in the described initiative: Organizer, Participant, Started the initiative, Other
  • Please describe any future plans, events and measures to increase reach or improve impact (maximum 1500 characters).
  • Please provide a short personal statement by the spokesperson or individual applicant about why it is important to them to encourage more girls to be interested in/engage with STEM subjects. STEM includes natural sciences, social sciences, mathematics, engineering and medicine (maximum 600 characters).
  • How would you use additional resources to further increase the engagement of girls and young women in STEM? STEM includes natural sciences, social sciences, mathematics, engineering and medicine (maximum 600 characters).
Shortlist Profile
If your application is shortlisted, the responses to the following points will constitute your shortlist profile:
  • Introduce yourself and/or your organization and tell us a little about what you do (maximum 480 characters).
  • What are the struggles you have faced whilst working on engaging girls and young women with STEM and what lessons have you learnt (maximum 480 characters)?
  • What advice would you give to someone wanting to do STEM outreach (maximum 480 characters)?
  • Please provide an organization logo or black-and-white headshot photograph of the spokesperson or individual applicant (as preferred), in high-resolution 150 x 150 pixel JPEG format.
Parts of the above will be used on the website and across promotional materials.
Contact infomation of referees
  • Please provide contact details of at least 2 referees who can confirm the impact of the initiative and the involvement of the spokesperson or individual applicant. Name of referee, Organization, Email address, Phone number (including country code), Relationship to applicant

 

Terms and conditions for applicants

By applying, applicants agree to the terms and conditions of the award programme.

Key dates

Applications: applications are invited between 5th March 2019 and 23:59 BST on 6th May 2019.

Shortlist: the shortlist will be announced in September 2019.

Winner: the winner will be invited to the award ceremony, which will take place in October 2019.

Contact

Please contact us at innovating@nature.com if you require any further information.