Science and SciLifeLab Prize for Young Scientists

One Grand Prize and three additional awards for young scientists who have achieved a doctorate over the last two years and whose thesis focused on either Cell and Molecular Biology, Genomics and Proteomics, Ecology and Environment, or Translational Medicine. The Prize includes the opportunity to attend a week of scientific events in Sweden.

Further Information

Funding body:
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
Maximum value:
€ 25,900
Application deadline:

Extended Description

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) was founded in 1848 and is the world’s largest general scientific society. Including 254 affiliated academies of science and societies, serving 10 million individuals and the publisher of journals, Science, Science Translational Medicine, Science Signaling and Science Advance, AAAS, it is a non profit organisation that seeks to “advance science and serve society” via science education, policy, international programmes and more. Thomas Edison founded the journal Sciencewhich has the largest paid circulation of any peer reviewed science journal in the world with an estimated total readership of 570,000.

Established in 2010, Science for Life Laboratory (SciLifeLab) is a Swedish national centre for molecular biosciences with focus on health and environmental research. The centre combines frontline technical expertise with advanced knowledge of translational medicine and molecular bioscience. SciLifeLab is a joint effort between four Swedish universities (Karolinska Institutet, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm University and Uppsala University).

The annual Science and SciLifeLab Prize for Young Scientists has been created by AAAS and SciLifeLab to demonstrate that global economic health is dependent on encouraging recent graduates to continue in their chosen field of scientific research. Applicants are required to submit an essay on their thesis for a chance to win one of four prizes.

The research described in the entrant’s thesis must fall within one of the following categories (Subject Tracks):

  • Cell and Molecular Biology: Including cellular and molecular processes at levels ranging from single molecule to single cell to tissue and organ systems.
  • Genomics and Proteomics: Focusing on analyses of gene- and protein-related events, at the scale of gene or protein networks to the complete set of genes or proteins in an organism.
  • Ecology and Environment: Encompassing interactions between organisms and their environment, and how these processes are influenced by human activity.
  • Translational Medicine: Building on in vitro or animal model studies of biological processes to develop potential therapies or medical procedures.

Winners from each category will compete for the Grand Prize.

Eligibility Criteria

The prize will be awarded without regard to sex, race, or nationality. Entrants for the 2016 prize must have been awarded their PhD between 1 January 2014 and 31 December 2015.

Additional Information

All four winners will be invited to to take part in a week of scientific events in Stokholm, Sweden. This will include an opportunity to meet with leading researchers in their field and will include an official awards ceremony which takes place in the Grand Hôtel Hall of Mirrors, the original venue of the Nobel prize banquet.

Value Notes

The winning entry will receive a cash prize of $30,000 (approximately £21,022.08).

There are also three additional runner up prizes of $10,000 (approximately £7,007.36).


Employees of SciLifeLab, AAAS, and collaborators in the management or sponsorship of the Prize and their relatives are not eligible to compete.

Terms and Conditions

Essays are judged on the quality of research and the applicant’s ability to articulate how their work would contribute to the scientific field.

Previous Successes

The 2015 prize was awarded to Dr Alison Cleary for her work on cell and molecular biology in relation to tumors.

Dr Liron Bar-Peled was awarded the Grand Prize in 2014 for his research into how mammalian cell size is influenced by its environment.

For his novel research using viral infections in bats to help answer questions about how infectious diseases jump between species, Daniel G. Streicker was named the 2013 Grand Prize winner.

Application Procedure

The deadline for entries is 1 August, 2016.

Candidates are required to create an account with SciLife in order to enter the Prize. The entry form and additional submission materials must be submitted electronically through this system.

Prize winners will be announced in December 2016.

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