By Alison Mercer, Nature Research

Nature Research is proud and excited to launch the Nature Research Awards for Driving Global Impact, in partnership with Tencent. These awards celebrate early-career researchers, whose work has made, or has the potential to make, a positive impact on society.

In 2019 the award focuses on brain sciences. Applications are invited from early-career researchers making major contributions in brain sciences, including areas such as the relationship between brain and behaviour, technological breakthroughs, and novel approaches to the prevention and treatment of brain diseases.

The award will be made to a researcher who has established an independent research group within the past 5 years as of 1st November 2018, and whose work has made an exceptional contribution to scientific discovery within the broad spectrum of brain research. They must be able to demonstrate the impact, or potential impact, of their research on society, and outline their plans to ensure that impact is realized. Impact on society is defined as an effect on the economy, society, public policy or services, health, the environment or quality of life. Guidelines for applicants are available here.

Applications will be assessed by an expert judging panel consisting of staff from Nature Research and independent experts against the following criteria:

  • Scientific achievements to date in the field of brain research
  • Research programme and its potential for scientific impact
  • Research programme and its potential for impact on society
  • Planned communications and outreach around the research programme to maximize impact on society

One winner will receive a grant of US $30,000, coverage with a profile feature in Nature and on the award’s website, and an expenses-paid invitation to speak at the 2019 Tencent WE Summit, to be held in Beijing in November 2019. Two runners up will each receive a grant of US $10,000 and coverage with a profile feature in Nature and on the award’s website.

Shortlisted applicants will also be announced and profiled on the award’s website.

Dates to remember:

4 November 2018 – Applications open

9 February 2019 – Applications close

July 2019 – Shortlist announced

November 2019 – Winner announced


Published: 4 December 2018