The Neuro – Irving and Helga Cooper Foundation Open Science Prizes

The Neuro – Irving and Helga Cooper Foundation Open Science Prizes

A Tanenbaum Open Science Institute Initiative

The Neuro-Irving and Helga Cooper Foundation Open Science Prizes, sponsored by the Irving and Helga Cooper Foundation, is an initiative in its third 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 collaboration for the benefit of health and society.  The Neuro-Irving and Helga Cooper Foundation Open Science Prizes will be presented by a representative of the Irving and Helga Cooper Foundation at the virtual Neuro Open Science in Action Symposium taking place November 23-24, 2021. 

"It is our pleasure to support the Open Science program at The Neuro, and The Neuro - Irving and Helga Cooper Foundation Open Science Prizes, a Tanenbaum Open Science Institute initiative recognizing innovative Open Science projects in neuroscience. The principles of Open Science promote a greater sharing of information, data and materials leading to enhanced understanding of disease biology. These advances will facilitate the development of novel therapeutics to benefit millions of patients around the world suffering from neurological diseases. "

- Frank Litvack MD CM, Irving and Helga Cooper Foundation

International Prize

Value: CAD $80,000 (CAD $55,000 in unrestricted research funds and CAD $25,000 in cash) 

About:  

This prize will go to an individual or a group of individuals who have demonstrated, maintained, enhanced, valorized, and/or delivered Open Science practices, policies, and/or tools that have had a demonstrable impact on neuroscience research. The prize can be awarded in recognition of a single project, or a series of contributions to Open Science practices in neuroscience. 

A group application may be submitted by individuals working within a single organization on one or more projects, or by individuals from multiple organizations working together on one or more projects.  

In cases where there are multiple applicants, the in-cash amount will be split evenly between applicants. For the unrestricted research funds, applicants will be asked to identify one institution to receive and disperse the funds.  

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  

Early Career Researcher (ECR) and Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) criteria play a major positive role in the selection process.  

When applicable, applicants may choose to highlight the EDI relevant elements of their identity (e.g., sex, gender, sexual orientation, and cultural or demographic group), whether they work in a historically underserved or under-resourced region, and how their Open Science activities take EDI considerations into account. 

Communications Obligations:  

At least one of the recipients of the prize must be willing to participate in a virtual seminar or webinar, organized after they receive the award, discussing the project(s) presented in their application. 

Entry Guidelines: 

The call for applications opens September 1, 2021 and closes October 21, 2021. 

Contents of Application: 

The application package will be submitted by the individual or group 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(s) may choose to identify themselves as a member of an underrepresented group. 

  1. A max. 1000-word Project(s) Description describing the project(s) to be considered. This description will be uploaded as a PDF using the application webform and may contain relevant images and figures. It is recommended that the application consist of the following sections:  

  • Project Description 
  • Lay Summary  
  • Rationale  
  • Significance  
  • Approach  
  • Evidence of Impact (external links, including hyperlinks, are permitted)  
  • EDI (addressing whether the project(s) serve underrepresented or underserved communities) 

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 

  1. The names, affiliations, and email addresses of a maximum of 10 referees 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 (PDF, 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. The Corresponding Applicant will receive all communications regarding the prize. It is highly recommended that official academic or organization emails are used for applicants and suggested referees. It is further recommended that the Corresponding Applicant wait at least an hour after submitting an application, modifying their application, or submitting supporting documentation, as well as check their spam folder, for any Prize-related communications. 

Submission Process: 

Trainee Prizes

International Trainee Prize 

Value:  

CAD $10,000 (CAD $5000 in-cash and CAD $5000 in fellowship funds)  

About:  

This prize will go to a graduate or post-graduate trainee who has demonstrated, maintained, enhanced, valorized, and/or delivered Open Science practices, policies, and/or tools that have had a demonstrable impact on neuroscience research. The prize can be awarded in recognition of a single project or of a series of contributions to the practice of Open Science in the field of neuroscience. 

Canadian Trainee Prize 

Value: 

CAD $5000 in-cash  

About:  

This prize will be awarded to the highest ranked application for the Trainee Prize from an applicant working at a Canadian institution.  

Runner-up Trainee Prizes 

Value: 

5 awards, CAD $1000 in-cash each 

About:  

These prizes will be awarded to the top five runners-up for the Trainee Prize (not including the recipient of the National Trainee Prize if that recipient is in the top five runners-up). 

Eligibility:  

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

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 

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) criteria play a major positive role in the selection process. 

When applicable, applicants may choose to highlight the EDI relevant elements of their identity (e.g., sex, gender, sexual orientation, and cultural or demographic group), whether they work in a historically underserved or under-resourced region, and how their Open Science activities take EDI considerations into account.  

Communications Obligations:  

The recipient of the prize must be willing to participate in a virtual seminar or webinar, organized after they receive the award, discussing the project(s) presented in their application. 

 

Entry Guidelines: 

The call for applications opens September 1, 2021 and closes October 21, 2021. 

Contents of Application: 

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 

  1. 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. 

  1. A max. 1000-word Project(s) Description describing of the project(s) to be considered. This description will be uploaded as a PDF using the application webform. It is recommended that the application consist of the following sections:  

  • Lay summary  
  • Rationale  
  • Significance  
  • Approach  
  • Evidence of Impact (external links, including hyperlinks, are permitted)  
  • EDI (addressing whether the project(s) serve underrepresented or underserved communities) 

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 

  1. 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 support (PDF, max. 500 words). Upon submission of the webform these individuals will be sent an email including the name of the applicant and 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. It is further recommended that the applicant wait at least an hour after submitting an application, modifying their application, or submitting supporting documentation, as well as check their spam folder, for any Prize related communications. 

Review Process: 

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

The Neuro – Irving and Helga Cooper Foundation Open Science Prizes Committee: 

  • Daniel Aharoni, Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology, UCLA, 2020 International Prize Winner 
  • Lynne Krohn, PhD Student, The Neuro, 2020 Trainee Prizer Winner 
  • Helena Ledmyr, Director, Development & Communications at the International Neuroinformatics Coordinating Facility 
  • Christine Tardif, Assistant Professor, The Neuro 
  • Adrien Peyrache (Chair), Assistant Professor, The Neuro 
  • Annabel Seyller, Chief Operating Officer, The Tanenbaum Open Science Institute 
  • Ziv Gan-Or, Assistant Professor, The Neuro 

Notice of Award, Awardee Availability, and Publication: 

Awardees will be informed: November 10, 2021. 

To receive awards, the recipient or recipients must confirm by November 15, 2021 that they are able to attend the Neuro-TOSI Open Science in Action Symposium. The Symposium will be held virtually November 23-24, 2020. 

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

  

Dates 

Prize competition opens 

September 1, 2021 

Prize competition closes 

October 21, 2021 

Review process closes 

November 9, 2021 

Awardees will be informed 

November 10, 2021 

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

November 15, 2021 

 

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: the Tanenbaum Open Science Institute at tosi [at] mcgill.ca 

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