Entries now open for the 2021 Bioinformatics Awards!

To promote excellence, diversity and innovation in the field of bioinformatics, in 2008 SIB created the SIB Bioinformatics Awards to acknowledge early career bioinformaticians and ground-breaking resources of national and international standing.

The Awards honour bioinformatics excellence in three categories and is currently seeking submissions for two award categories:

  • Early Career Bioinformatician Award - Now open!
  • Swiss Bioinformatics Graduate Paper Award - Now open!
  • Bioinformatics Resource Innovation Award - Now open!

The awards will be assigned by an international Jury and announced during the 2021 [BC]2 Basel Computational Biology Conference, which will take place from 13-15 September 2021 in Basel, Switzerland.

Follow the latest news and announcements related to the SIB Awards on our website and under @ISBSIB on Twitter #SIBawards.

Early Career Bioinformatician Award

Call for entries: 2 November 2020 - 31 January 2021 - Now open !

The Early Career Bioinformatician Award is an international award that recognises early careers who demonstrate excellence through one or several projects and/or papers in bioinformatics and/or computational biology. This encompasses original methodological contributions, as well as innovative in-silico analysis of biological sequences, structures or processes.

Top reasons to enter

  • Receive a cash prize of 10’000 CHF.
  • Be invited to attend the 2021 [BC]2 Basel Computational Biology Conference in September, during which the SIB 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!
  • Be given the opportunity to boost your work’s visibility by presenting a plenary talk during the Ceremony at [BC]2, and have it recorded and promoted through SIB’s institutional channels. Watch the talk of last year’s laureate, Eleonora Porcu.

Who is eligible

International candidates who completed their PhD during the 6 years preceding the application deadline.

How to apply

  • Applications may be submitted by any faculty member or by the candidate him/herself. In case of self-nomination, a letter of support should be provided.
  • Applications should include two to five pages describing the candidate’s career, important projects and accepted publications - including a description of the contribution of the candidate.

An international independent jury will review the applications and base its selection criteria solely on the scientific excellence of the Candidate (see Criteria of Excellence). The laureate will receive the award during SIB’s [BC]2 Basel Computational Biology Conference, which will take place from 13 -15 September in Basel, Switzerland. By submitting their application, candidates agree in advance to take part in the [BC]2 conference if awarded, and the laureate will be invited to give a plenary talk.

APPLY HERE!

For more information on the submission process and application requirements, please refer to the Terms and conditions.

Key dates

Early Career Graduate Timeline

Meet the past laureates!

In 2019, the SIB Bioinformatics Awards were presented for the 10th time, providing a great occasion to reach out to past laureates and ask them where they are now in their career. Read our interviews with: Eleonora Porcu (2019 Laureate); Shijulal Nelson-Sathi (2015 Laureate)Joshua Payne (Laureate 2014)Anamaria Necsulea (2013 Laureate)Christophe Dessimoz (2012 Laureate); Nacho Molina (2011 Laureate); Aitana Lebrand (2010 Laureate); Lukas Burger (2009 Laureate)Zoltán Kutalik (2008 Laureate). 

Swiss Bioinformatics Graduate Paper Award

Call for entries: 2 November 2020 - 31 January 2021 - Now open !

The Swiss Bioinformatics Graduate Paper Award recognises outstanding papers published by a graduate student in the area of bioinformatics and/or computational biology. This encompasses original methodological contributions, as well as innovative in-silico analysis of biological sequences, structures or processes

Top reasons to enter

  • Receive a cash prize of 5’000 CHF.
  • Be invited to attend the 2021 [BC]2 Basel Computational Biology Conference in September, during which the SIB 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!
  • Be given the opportunity to boost your work’s visibility by presenting a plenary talk during the Ceremony at [BC]2, and have it recorded and promoted through SIB’s institutional channels. Watch the talk of last year’s laureate, Jochen Singer.

Who is eligible

The award is open to scientists currently carrying out a PhD or who obtained their PhD degree during the two years preceding the application deadline. The applicant must have studied in Switzerland for at least 6 months during their PhD. The paper must have been published or accepted for publication in a refereed journal at the application deadline. The candidate will need to detail their personal contribution to the paper, and in the case of co-first authorship they will need to clearly distinguish their contribution from other co-first authors.

How to apply

  • Applications may be submitted by any SIB Group Leader or faculty of a Swiss University or Federal Institute of Technology, or by the candidate her/himself. The PhD supervisor or the last or corresponding author of the paper should provide a letter of support, indicating the contribution of the candidate.
  • The application for the award should include the applicant’s CV, a short summary of the paper and the paper itself.

A jury composed of SIB Group Leaders and past laureates will review the applications and base its selection criteria solely on the scientific excellence of the Candidate (see Criteria of Excellence). The laureate will receive the award during SIB’s [BC]2 Basel Computational Biology Conference, which will take place from 13 -15 September in Basel, Switzerland. By submitting their application, candidates agree in advance to take part in the [BC]2 conference if awarded, and the laureate will be invited to give a plenary talk.

APPLY HERE!

For more information on the submission process and application requirements, please refer to the Terms and Conditions.

Key dates

Early Career Graduate Timeline

Meet the past laureates!

In 2019, the SIB Bioinformatics Awards were presented for the 10th time, providing a great occasion to reach out to past laureates and ask them where they are now in their career. Read our interviews with: Jochen Singer (2019 Laureate); José Aguilar-Rodríguez (2017 Laureate)Hannes Röst (2015 Laureate)Josephine Daub (2014 Laureate)Charles E. Vejnar (2013 Laureate)Slavica Dimitrieva (2013 Laureate)Christoph Zechner (2012 Laureate)Jakob Ruess (2012 Laureate)Guillaume Rey (2011 Laureate); Rajesh Ramaswamy (2010 Laureate); Julien Roux (2009 Laureate)

Bioinformatics Resource Innovation Award

Call for entries: 9 November 2020 - 28 February 2021 - Now open !

The Bioinformatics Resource Innovation Award is an international award that recognises newly developed bioinformatics resources with an important impact on life science research or the clear potential to make such an impact.

Top reasons to enter

  • Receive a cash prize of 10’000 CHF.
  • Be invited to attend the 2021 [BC]2 Basel Computational Biology Conference in September, during which the SIB 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!
  • Be given the opportunity to boost your work’s visibility by presenting it plenary talk during the Ceremony at [BC]2, and have it recorded and promoted through SIB’s institutional channels. Watch the talk of last year’s laureate, Sten Linnarsson.

Who is eligible

The award is open worldwide, to any new bioinformatics resource that is accessible online and has been formally published. The type of resource is not specified: it can be a database, an infrastructure, a code-base, an analysis framework, a visualization tool, etc. The resource should be breaking new grounds conceptually and/or technically, and must have had its first publication within the past five years at the most. The award money is given to the principal investigator, but is meant to support the entire team involved in the bioinformatics resource; it should be used for the benefit of the resource and its further development.

How to apply

  • The application should include no more than two pages, and a short statement on how the resource will be maintained in the coming years.

An international jury will review the applications and select the best entry (see Criteria of Excellence). The winning team will be announced during SIB’s [BC]2 Basel Computational Biology Conference, which takes place in September. One of the team members will be invited to give a plenary talk to present the resource and its scientific background. The resource representative agrees in advance to participate in the [BC]2 conference, if awarded.

APPLY HERE!

For more information on the submission process and application requirements, please refer to the Terms and Conditions.

Key dates

Resource Timeline Final

Meet the past laureates!

In 2019, the SIB Bioinformatics Awards were presented for the 10th time, providing a great occasion to reach out to past laureates and ask them where they are now in their career. Read our interviews with: Gioele La Manno (Developer of the resource velocyto, which won the 2019 Bioinformatics Resource Innovation Award) ; Shameer Khader (2017 Laureate)Inanc Birol (2015 Laureate).

 

Terms & Conditions

Full Terms and Conditions for the 2021 SIB Bioinformatics Awards can be read here.

Criteria of Excellence

The Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics fosters excellence in bioinformatics and computational biology. Excellence in bioinformatics and computational biology encompasses multiple dimensions, including academic rigor, breakthrough character, sustainability, usability (for software and resources), and overall contribution to the field of bioinformatics/computational biology.

The SIB Award judges 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.

The SIB Award judges strive to overcome unconscious biases, such as those associated with gender, minorities, affiliation, or subfields.

Collaborative and interdisciplinary work can also qualify provided the bioinformatics and/or computational biology aspects meet the excellence criteria outlined above.

 

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