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Nature Research Awards for Inspiring Science and Innovating Science

The call for the 2019 Awards for Innovating and Inspiring Science will open in February/March 2019.


Inspiring Science Award

The Inspiring Science Award welcomes nominations of exceptional scientists who self-identify as female and who are within 10 years of completing their PhD. We encourage nominations from around the globe and from all subject areas. Candidates should be nominated by laboratory heads, department heads or someone else from their institute.  This award is based on academic achievement, but our independent judging process and panel will ensure that those working in adverse circumstances or in regions where there is limited access to the scientific literature will not be unfairly disadvantaged.  


Innovating Science Award

The Innovating Science Award is open to everyone (individuals and groups) who works on projects or initiatives that encourage girls or young women to become more aware of, or engaged in, any STEM subject in any region around the world.  Candidates should apply using the application form

The call for applications for the 2018 Nature Research Awards for Innovating Science is now closed.

Key Dates

  • Call for nominations (Inspiring Science Award) or applications (Innovating Science Award) opens: 9 April 2018
  • Call closes: 11 June 2018
  • Longlist published: 24 July 2018
  • Shortlist published: 4 September 2018
  • Winner announced: October/November 2018

Award Prizes

  • All longlisted candidates (10 for each award) will be profiled on the Nature Research Awards website and will have access to a closed mentoring network.
  • All shortlisted candidates (5 for each award) will have a short media-friendly video prepared for them.
  • The two winners (1 for each award) will each receive a grant of $10,000 to spend towards their research or initiative, up to $5,200 APC or event funding, an invitation to the award ceremony and to give a talk at The Estée Lauder Companies, and a profile on the careers feature of Nature and Please take a look at the guidelines for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Who can I contact for more information? 
Please don’t hesitate to contact us via if you require any further information.

Q: Who can be nominated for the Inspiring Science Award? 
Any female-identifying academic or researcher who is within 10 years of completing their PhD can be nominated (excluding any maternity leave(s), therefore the 10 years of research does not have to be continuous). This includes those not yet in a tenured position (tenure-track positions are suitable). Nominations should be made by a laboratory head or university professional.

We use an inclusive definition of “woman” and “female” and we welcome nomination of trans women, genderqueer women, and non-binary people who are significantly female-identified. 

Q: Who can nominate me for the Inspiring Science Award? 

You will need to be nominated by one person, who should be affiliated with your research institute (that is, your company or university). This can you your principal investigator, department head/chair or any colleague.

Q: Who can apply for the Innovating Science Award?
Applications are welcome from  any individual or group for work that encourages girls and/or young women to become interested in or study STEM subjects. 

Q: Can I self-nominate? 
Candidates should self-nominate for the Innovating Science Award but must be nominated by others for the Inspiring Science Award.

Q: I have obtained my PhD in XXXX; am I eligible for the Inspiring Science Award?

Everyone who has obtained their PhD within 10 years from the year the award will be granted (at 31 December 2018) is eligible to be nominated, provided that all other eligibility criteria are met. In practise, this means everyone who has obtained their PhD after 31 December 2008.  This period will be extended in case of maternity leaves or other leaves of absences taken during this 10 years period, with the duration of the leave taken.

Q: When do nominations open? 
Nominations open on 9 April 2018.

Q: When do nominations close? 
Nominations close on 11 June 2018.

Q: When will I know if I have been shortlisted? 
All shortlisted candidates will be contacted by early-September 2018.

Q: How will you ensure all subjects are represented? 
We will work to ensure the judging panel and longlist for the Innovating Science Award has representatives from all STEM subjects.

Q: How will you ensure all regions are represented?
We will work to ensure the longlist has representation across the globe.

Q: How will you ensure applications can be fairly compared to one another? 
The award is given globally. We encourage applications from developing and emerging STEM nations and location will be taken into account during the judging process. Applicants from listed Springer Nature Research for Life countries will be awarded additional points before judging officially begins.