2009 Paper Award

The awardness were Dr. Heidi Nousiainen from Finland and Dr. Asya Rolls from Israel. The award ceremony took place at the FENS meeting in Amsterdam, July 2010.

General call description

The twelve ERA-NET NEURON partner countries will issue the first EXCELLENT PAPER IN NEUROSCIENCE AWARD to recognize the most remarkable and outstanding scientific publications by young researchers in the field of disease related neurosciences. First authors of candidate publications published between the period 1.1.2008 – 31.12.2008 affiliated in the ERA-NET NEURON partner countries are eligible to apply. The deadline for proposal submission is August 15th, 2009.
A total of 6000 € will be awarded among up to three best proposals, € 5000 being the maximum award for one proposal. The winners will be invited as special ERA-NET NEURON Young Investigator lecturers in the 7th FENS Forum of European Neuroscience, July 2010 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The award and travel costs related to the lecture will be covered by ERA-NET NEURON.
Partner Countries: Austria, Finland, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Luxemburg, Poland, Romania, Spain, Sweden, and United Kingdom

1. Aim of the call

ERA-NET NEURON (the Network of European Funding for Neuroscience Research) has been set up to link 15 European national research funding programmes and funding organizations in the field of disease related neurosciences. The EXCELLENT PAPER IN NEUROSCIENCE AWARD will emphasize the importance of neuroscience and will contribute to integrate the neuroscience research community. The award is designed as a form of support and encouragement for young researchers at the early stage of their career.

2. Eligibility: The candidate must fulfil the following criteria

- First Author in the proposed publication
- Age below 35 at the date of publication, eligible breaks include parental leaves, long-term illness and national service. Other legal or personal circumstances are considered on a case-by-case basis. Concerning parental leave, national rules apply, or 12 months per child, whichever is the greater.
- Less than 5 years from PhD-dissertation
- The Author must be affiliated in an ERA-NET NEURON partner country at the time of publication.
- In case of equal first co-authorship the award may be split if all authors meet the eligibility criteria for the award.

- Award period: published between 1.1.2008 – 31.12.2008
- Original research article in an international peer review journal
- Impact factor of the journal above 10 based on the ISI Web of Knowledge
- Topic of the article must be clearly relevant to disease related neuroscience
- Affiliation of the first author in ERA-NET NEURON partner country as stated in the publication.

3. Application

Young researchers from the ERA-NET partner countries may submit a proposal for the EXCELLENT PAPER IN NEUROSCIENCE AWARD. The proposal must be submitted electronically using the online form. Both pre- and postdoctoral young researchers working in ERA-NET NEURON partner countries are encouraged to apply.
Applications are accepted from the first author of an original article published within the award period. The application consists of the following documents, bundled together into a single PDF file:
- One page summary addressing the significance of the work
- Short biosketch (max 1 page for each first author)
- PDF of the article

The deadline for applications is August 15th, 2009

4. Evaluation

Evaluation of the proposals will be carried out by ERA-NET NEURON by consulting high-level scientists in the neuroscience field. The proposals will be evaluated for the following criteria:
- theoretical approach and scientific quality
- scientific impact for the area
- novelty and innovativeness of research
Based on the evaluation, up to the three highest ranked proposals will be awarded. Preference will be given to young researchers at the beginning of their career.

5. Management

The ERA-NET NEURON Joint Call Secretariat together with the national funding agencies will be responsible for the management of the evaluation process.
The applicants will be informed about the decisions individually by the Joint Call Secretariat on October 31st 2009.

6. Award Presentation

The winners will be invited as ERA-NET NEURON Young Investigator lecturers in the 7th FENS Forum of European Neuroscience, July 2010 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands*. The award and travel costs related to the lecture will be covered by ERA-NET NEURON. The winners will also be invited to contribute to the planning of the future activities in young investigator support within the ERA-NET NEURON network.

*another neuroscience meeting may be considered depending on the relevance of the subject area to the awarded paper.

7. Call Schedule

Announcement of the call:

May 2009

Deadline for proposal submission:

August 15, 2009

Evaluation of the proposals:

October, 2009

Decisions and information about the evaluation results:

October, 2009

Award Presentation Ceremony:

July 2010

8. National Contacts for further information

For further information follow the links below or contact your national representative:


Contact person

Contact information


Dr. Herbert Mayer

Austrian Science Fund (FWF), herbert.mayer@fwf.ac.at, +43/1-505 67 40-8212, www.fwf.ac.at/


Dr. Mika Tirronen

Academy of Finland (AKA), mika.tirronen@aka.fi http://www.aka.fi/fi/, +358 9 7748 8255


Dr. Véronique Briquet-Laugier

National Research Agency (ANR) Health & Biology Department, Veronique.briquet-laugier@agencerecherche.fr, + 33 1 78 09 80 26, www.agence-nationale-recherche.fr


Dr. Rainer Girgenrath

PT-DLR Programme Management Health Research, Rainer.Girgenrath@dlr.de, +49 228 3821 200, http://www.gesundheitsforschung-bmbf.de/


Dr. Benny Leshem

Director of the Medical Research Administration, Chief Scientist Office, Ministry of Health (CSO-MOH), benny.leshem@moh.health.gov.il, +972 2-568-1208


Dr. Massimo Casciello

Ministero della Salute m.casciello@sanita.it, www.ministerosalute.it/, +39 065994 3686


Dr. Frank Glod

Fonds National de la Recherche (FNR), frank.glod@fnr.lu, +352 261925 33, http://www.fnr.lu/


Dr. Izabela Rzepczynska

National Centre for Research and Development (NCBiR), eranet-neuron@ncbir.gov.pl, (+48)515061529, www.ncbir.gov.pl/?lang=pl


Prof. Dr. Leon Zagrean

CAROL DAVILA University of Medicine and Pharmacy/Neuroscience, lzagrean@univermed-cdgm.ro, +4021 3120880, http://www.mct.ro/ancs_web/index.php

Spain I

Dr. Julio Barbas

Ministry of Education and Science (MEC), julio.barbas@mec.es, +34 9138384, http://www.mec.es/

Spain II

Dr. Rafael De Andrés Medina

Instituto de Salud Carlos III (ISCIII) Fund for Health Research (FIS), rdam@isciii.es, +34 918222508, http://www.isciii.es/htdocs/index.jsp


Dr. Brita Beije

The Swedish Research Council (SRC), brita.beije@vr.se, 46 8 54644 249, http://www.vr.se/


Dr. Joanna Latimer

Medical Research Council (MRC), joanna.latimer@headoffice.mrc.ac.uk, 44 207-6705033, http://www.mrc.ac.uk/index.htm