2011 Paper Award

"Excellent Paper in Neuroscience" Award 2011

General call description

The 13 ERA-NET NEURON partner countries will issue the 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 1.1.2010 – 31.12.2010 affiliated in the ERA-NET NEURON partner countries are eligible to apply. The deadline for proposal submission is September 15th, 2011.
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 FENS Forum 2012 in Barcelona. The award and travel costs related to the lecture will be covered by ERA-NET NEURON.
Partner Countries: Austria, Canada, 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 17 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 at the date of publication
- 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 1.1.2010 – 31.12.2010
- 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 available through the NEURON web page www.neuron-eranet.org 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 September 15th, 2011. Applications have to be submitted through the electronic submission system by 3:00 PM (Central European Time) on September 15th, 2011. Incomplete applications will be rejected.

4. Evaluation

ERA-NET NEURON will carry out the evaluation of the proposals 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 in November 2011.

6. Award Presentation

The winners will be invited as ERA-NET NEURON Young Investigator lecturers in an international conference relevant to the subject area to the awarded paper. The award and travel costs related to the lecture will be covered by ERA-NET NEURON. The winners may also be invited to contribute to the planning of the future activities in young investigator support within the ERA-NET NEURON network.

7. Call Schedule

Announcement of the call

May 2011

Deadline for proposal submission

September 15th, 2011

Evaluation of the proposals

October, 2011

Decisions and information about the evaluation results

November, 2011

Award Presentation Ceremony

Year 2012

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 www.fwf.ac.at/

Canada, Quebec

Dr. Howard Bergman

Fonds de la recherche en santé du Québec (FRSQ) hbergman@frsq.gouv.qc.ca http://www.frsq.gouv.qc.ca/en/index.shtml  


Dr. Nancy MacLellan

Canadian Institutes of Health Research CIHR
Nancy.MacLellan@cihr-irsc.gc.ca www.cihr-irsc.gc.ca 


Dr. Mika Tirronen

Academy of Finland (AKA) mika.tirronen@aka.fi http://www.aka.fi/fi/


Dr. Jenifer Clark

National Research Agency (ANR) Health & Biology Department Jenifer.Clark@agencerecherche.fr  www.agence-nationale-recherche.fr


Dr. Rainer Girgenrath

PT-DLR Programme Management Health Research  Rainer.Girgenrath@dlr.de www.gesundheitsforschung-bmbf.de


Dr. Nava Levine

Chief Scientist Office - Ministry of Health (CSO-MOH)
nl@013.net.il www.health.gov.il


Dr. Gaetano Guglielmi

Ministero della Salute g.guglielmi@sanita.it


Dr. Frank Glod

Fonds National de la Recherche (FNR) frank.glod@fnr.lu http://www.fnr.lu/


Dr. Izabela Rzepczynska

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


Prof. Dr. Leon Zagrean

CAROL DAVILA University of Medicine and Pharmacy/Neuroscience leon_zagrean@cnmp.ro

Spain I

Dr. Julio Barbas

Ministry of Science and Innovation (MICINN) julio.barbas@micinn.es http://www.micinn.es/

Spain II

Dr. Rafael De Andrés Medina

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


Dr. Maria Thuveson

The Swedish Research Council (SRC) maria.thuveson@vr.se http://www.vr.se/


Dr. Joanna Jenkinson

Medical Research Council (MRC) Joanna.Jenkinson@HEADOFFICE.MRC.AC.UK http://www.mrc.ac.uk/index.htm