As a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences (AAAS), I occasionally get an email that I just know the rest of you will be interested in. I recently received an email with the following essay competition for a $25,000 grand prize.
Science/AAAS and SciLifeLab, a coordinated effort of four universities, have joined forces in creating the Science & SciLifeLab Prize for Young Scientists. Both Science/AAAS and SciLifeLab recognize that global economic health is dependent upon a vibrant research community and we need to incent our best and brightest to continue in their chosen fields of research. Considering the difficult economic environment, we feel it is important to provide extra encouragement to young scientists as they begin their scientific careers. Each year, the grand prize winner will receive a prize of US$25,000, while three runners-up receive prizes of US$5,000. The grand prize winning essay will be published in Science and essays from the three runners-up will be published online. Science/AAAS and SciLifeLab look forward to reviewing the research findings from future entrants.
Interested? Who wouldn’t be with $25,000 or even $5,000 on the line?
Ready for the bad news in all this? It’s not applicable to just any scientist. It’s only applicable to those that received their Ph.D. the previous year. This is supposed to help those individuals get their research off the ground. This year they are also restricting it to the following categories:
- Genomics/Proteomics/Systems Biology
- Developmental Biology (including evolution)
- Molecular and Cellular Biology; or Environmental Life Science (including biodiversity).
For those of you whom it doesn’t fit, don’t get discouraged. I’ll keep scouring the Internet for places that are applicable to you. And, we’re putting together a fund for general research here at Insanitek that should be ready in… a few years unless we receive donations.