The Neuro Open Science in Action Prizes 2020

Open Science in action prize

The Neuro Open Science in Action Prizes, sponsored by The Cyril and Dorothy, Joel and Jill Reitman Foundation, are an initiative in its second year from The Neuro’s Tanenbaum Open Science Institute. The Prizes recognize projects, services, tools, and platforms that unlock the power of open science in neuroscience to advance research, innovation, and its application for the benefit of health and society. The Neuro Open Science in Action Prizes will be presented at the virtual Neuro-Gairdner Open Science in Action Symposium taking place November 11-12, 2020.

The Neuro Prize for Open Science in Action 

Value: $20,000 as unrestricted research funds to the recipient or equally shared between co-recipients.

About: This prize will go to an individual or a group of individuals who have demonstrated or delivered open science practices or tools that have had a demonstrable impact on neuroscience research. An application by a group may be made by individuals working within a single organization on one or more projects or individuals from multiple organizations working together on one or more projects.

Eligibility: The prize is open to individuals or a group of individuals (maximum of five) working in academic or non-academic organizations around the world. The individual or group of individuals must be actively working to advance open science in neuroscience.

Evidence of impact is mandatory, including but not limited to: indicators of access to and use of software tools/data or code repositories, number of downloads, number and kind of contributions to open tools (e.g. merged pull requests in GitHub repositories or documentation), number of citations, altmetrics (e.g. Altmetric or PlumX Metrics), industry partnerships, evidence of work to increase the usability of open tools, evidence of patient/participant outreach or co-development, knowledge translation and education activities, evidence of work promoting open data standards, and authoring or co-authoring open science guidelines and policies.

The prize can be awarded in recognition of a single project or of a series of accomplishments driven by open-science practices or the creation of open-science tools that have had significant impact on neuroscience research. In cases where the prize is awarded to multiple individuals, the prize money will be split evenly between them.

Equity, diversity, and inclusion criteria, including but not limited to whether the applicant(s) are members of underrepresented groups or provide tools and services to underrepresented communities, play a major positive role in the selection process. Early career status also plays a major positive role in the selection process.

Entry guidelines:

Dates: The international call for applications opens September 7, 2020 and closes October 7, 2020.

The application package will be submitted by the individual or group applying for the Prize via an online webform and shall comprise:

  1. An application title, the name(s) and affiliation(s) of applicant(s), a short description of the role of each applicant (max. 100 words), a field to indicate the current position or job title of each applicant, and a field where the applicant may choose to identify themselves as a member of an underrepresented group;
  2. A max. 1000-word description of the project(s) to be considered, consisting of the following sections: lay summary, rationale, significance, approach, evidence of impact - external links, including hyperlinks, are permitted. If the project(s) serve underrepresented communities, please indicate it in the project(s) description. Upon submission of the webform the Corresponding Applicant will be sent an email including a link to the Prize information page and a link they can use to upload the Project(s) Description; and
  3. The names, affiliations, and email addresses of a maximum of 10 individuals who the applicant believes will support their application. Upon submission of the webform these individuals will be sent an email including the application title, names of the applicant(s), a link to the Prize information page, and a link they can use to upload letters of support (max. 500 words).

If the application is being made by a group, a single person from that group will be clearly designated as the Corresponding Applicant who will receive all communications regarding the Prize. It is highly recommended that official academic or organizational emails are used for applicants and suggested supporters.

Submission process:

The call for applications for the Open Science in Action Prize is now closed. 

The Neuro Prize for Open Science in Action - Trainee

Value: $5,000 contribution towards a graduate/postgraduate stipend. Five $500 cash awards for the runners-up.

About: This prize will go to a graduate or post-graduate trainee who has demonstrated engagement in open-science practices or the development of open science tools that have had an impact on neuroscience research.

Eligibility: Applicants must be a graduate or post-graduate trainee working in an academic setting in Canada.

Evidence of impact is mandatory, including but not limited to: indicators of access to and use of software tools/data or code repositories, number of downloads, number and kind of contributions to open tools (e.g. merged pull requests in GitHub repositories or documentation), number of citations, altmetrics (e.g. Altmetric or PlumX Metrics), industry partnerships, evidence of work to increase the usability of open tools, evidence of patient/participant outreach or co-development, knowledge translation and education activities, evidence of promoting open data standards, and authoring or co-authoring open science guidelines and policies.

Equity, diversity, and inclusion criteria, including but not limited to whether the applicant(s) are members of underrepresented groups or provide tools and services to underrepresented communities, play a major positive role in the selection process.

Entry guidelines:

The application package will be submitted via an online webform and shall comprise:

  1. The name and affiliation of the applicant, a field where the applicant may choose to identify themselves as a member of an underrepresented group, and a max. 500-word Biosketch of the applicant (free format). Upon submission of the webform the applicant will be sent an email including a link to the Prize information page and a link they can use to upload their Biosketch;
  2. A max. 1000-word description of the project(s) to be considered, consisting of the following sections: lay summary, rationale, significance, approach, evidence of impact (external links, including hyperlinks, are permitted). If the project(s) serve underrepresented communities, please indicate it in the project(s) description. Upon submission of the webform the applicant will be sent an email including a link to the Prize information page and a link they can use to upload their Project(s) Description; and
  3. The names, affiliations, and email addresses of three individuals (one of whom should be the applicant's academic supervisor) who have agreed to provide letters of reference (max. 500 words). Upon submission of the webform these individuals will be sent an email including a link to the prize information page and a link they can use to upload letters of reference.

It is highly recommended that official academic or organizational emails are used for applicants and those providing letters of support.

Submission process:

The call for applications for the Open Science in Action prize is now closed. 

Review Process:

The application dossiers will be reviewed by an ad-hoc review committee consisting of members of The Neuro’s faculty, the Tanenbaum Open Science Institute, and two external members.

The Neuro Open Science Prize Committee:

  • Masha Cemma - Policy Advisor at the Office of Canada's Chief Science
  • Thomas Durcan – Assistant Professor, The Neuro
  • Helena Ledmyr – Director, Development & Communications at the International Neuroinformatics Coordinating Facility
  • Christine Tardif – Assistant Professor, The Neuro
  • Adrien Peyrache (chair) - Assistant Professor, The Neuro
  • Jean-Baptiste Poline – Associate Professor, The Neuro
  • Annabel Seyller – Chief Operating Officer, the Tanenbaum Open Science Institute

Notice of Award, Awardee Availability, and Publication:

Awardees will be informed: October 19, 2020.

To receive awards the recipient or recipients must confirm by October 23, 2020 that they are able to attend the Neuro-Gairdner Open Science in Action Symposium. The Symposium will be held virtually November 11-12, 2020.

The Neuro may publicize awardees and their projects (through interviews, website and blog posts, social media, etc.)

  Dates
Prize competition opens September 7, 2020
Prize competition closes October 7, 2020
Review process closes October 19, 2020
Awardees will be informed October 19, 2020

Awardees to confirm their attendance at the Neuro-Gairdner Open Science in Action Symposium

October 23, 2020

Confidentiality clause: All information, both written and verbal, related to the identification and selection process is held in the strictest confidence. Records of the deliberations and other confidential activities of the prize committees, both paper and electronic, are archived by The Neuro.

Contact:

For questions or more information please contact: Dylan Roskams-Edris, TOSI Open Science Alliance Officer, at dylan <dot> roskams-edris <at> mcgill.ca

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