The application to the International SIB Bioinformatics Awards will open in November 2022.

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

The international Awards honour bioinformatics excellence in three categories:

The awards are assigned by an international jury, revised by the SIB Award Committee and announced during the biennial [BC]2 Basel Computational Biology Conference.

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

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PhD Paper Award

The PhD Paper Award recognizes outstanding papers published by a PhD 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 the next edition in 2022:

  • Receive a cash prize of 5’000 CHF.
  • Be invited to attend the [BC]2 Basel Computational Biology Conference, 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 Jochen Singer, past laureate.

An international independent jury reviews the applications and bases its selection criteria solely on the scientific excellence of the Candidate (see Criteria of Excellence).

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

Meet the past laureates!

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)

Early Career Award

The Early Career Bioinformatician Award is an international award that recognizes 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 the next edition in 2022:

  • Receive a cash prize of 10’000 CHF.
  • Be invited to attend the [BC]2 Basel Computational Biology Conference, 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 Eleonora Porcu, past laureate.

An international independent jury reviews the applications and bases its selection criteria solely on the scientific excellence of the Candidate (see Criteria of Excellence).

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

Meet the past laureates!

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). 

Innovative Resource Award

The Bioinformatics Resource Innovation Award is an international award that recognizes 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 the next edition in 2022:

  • Receive a cash prize of 10’000 CHF.
  • Be invited to attend the [BC]2 Basel Computational Biology Conference, 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 Sten Linnarsson, past laureate.

An international jury reviews the applications and selects the best entry (see Criteria of Excellence).

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

Meet the past laureates!

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).

Criteria of Excellence

What you need to know to apply

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 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.

The SIB Award jurors 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.

Download the document below to learn more about the qualifications and criteria for each award:

Download the Terms & Conditions

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