Since 2008, the SIB Bioinformatics Awards acknowledge the best work by early career bioinformaticians and ground-breaking resources every other year. The awards are open to researchers from all over the world. There is something for everyone, with three categories to choose from: PhD Paper Award, Early Career Award and Innovative Resource Award. Find out about the top reasons to enter and the selection criteria. Laureates are announced during the [BC]2 conference. Sign up to receive updates on how to take part in the next edition in 2025!
The SIB Bioinformatics Awards honour excellence in three categories:
Top reasons to enter
- Cash prize: winners of the SIB Bioinformatics Awards receive a cash prize ranging from 5,000 to 10,000 CHF.
- Opportunity to attend the [BC]2 Basel Computational Biology Conference during which the awards ceremony takes place: a great networking and career development opportunity at one of the major bioinformatics events in Europe. Watch the video to discover the event and the past laureates!
- Present a plenary talk during the Awards Ceremony at [BC]2 which will be recorded and widely promoted via SIB’s social media channels. Watch the talk of one of the last year’s laureates, Cédric Notredame.
The next SIB Awards will take place in 2025. Stay tuned for the call for entries, which will open in late 2024. Follow the latest news and announcements related to the SIB Awards on our website and on our social media (#SIBawards). You can also sign up here to receive notifications about the opening.
Submission guidelines will be provided at that time.
Selection process and excellence criteria
What you need to know to apply
SIB fosters excellence in bioinformatics and computational biology. This encompasses multiple dimensions, including academic rigour, breakthrough character, sustainability, usability (for software and resources) and overall contribution to the field of bioinformatics/computational biology.
The SIB Award jurors abide by the DORA principles in not using journal-based metrics, such as Journal Impact Factors, as a surrogate measure of the quality of individual research articles. They also strive to overcome unconscious biases, such as those associated with gender, minorities, affiliation or subfields, to ensure a fair and diverse representation of excellence.
Collaborative and interdisciplinary work can also qualify provided the bioinformatics and/or computational biology aspects meet the excellence criteria outlined above.
Learn more about the qualifications and criteria for each award below.