The Einstein Foundation Award for Promoting Quality in Research [Awards Worth Rs. 4 Cr]: Apply by Mar 31

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Applications are invited for the Einstein Foundation Award for Promoting Quality in Research.

The Einstein Foundation

The Einstein Foundation Berlin was founded in 2009 by the State of Berlin. The Foundation aims to promote science and research of top international calibre in Berlin and to establish the city as a centre of scientific excellence. In addition to its endowment, the Foundation also receives state funding. An independent scientific commission of the highest standard selects projects for funding. Financial support and donations are welcome.

The Einstein Foundation Award

The Einstein Foundation Award for Promoting Quality in Research aims to provide recognition and publicity for outstanding efforts that enhance the rigor, reliability, robustness, and transparency of research in the natural sciences, the social sciences, and the humanities, and stimulate awareness and activities fostering research quality among scientists, institutions, funders, and politicians.

To acknowledge the outstanding role early career researchers (ECRs) have in promoting research quality, ECRs will be invited to propose projects that foster research quality and value. Projects will be competitively selected for funding and internationally showcased.

Award Categories
  • Individual Award: Individual researchers or small teams of collaborating researchers can be nominated. The laureate will be awarded €200,000.
  • Institutional Award: Governmental and non-governmental organizations, institutions, or other entities can apply or be nominated. The award-winning organization or institution will receive €200,000. If governmental organizations or institutions are the recipients of the award, they will not receive any funds in addition to the award itself. Non-Governmental organizations can be publicly funded; although government representatives may sit on an NGO’s governing board(s), governments cannot unilaterally determine the use of the organization’s funds, its structure, or its activities.
  • Early Career Award: Early career researchers can submit a project proposal for an award of €100,000.

Find out more about the nomination and application requirements in the different categories.

Eligibility

This award is open to any researcher or group of researchers, organization, or institution. To be eligible for the Early Career Research Award, candidates must hold a doctorate or have equivalent research experience and should have been an independent researcher for no longer than five years.

Jury

The Einstein Foundation Council has convened an outstanding group of scholars, representing the natural sciences, the humanities, and the social sciences, to select the award winners. The jury is presided over by Dieter Imboden and both defines the objectives of the award as well as selects the awardees. Jury members are appointed for a three-year term.

Objective

The Einstein Foundation Award honors individual researchers from all fields, as well as collaborations, institutions, and organizations (NGO or governmental), that

  • have made substantial contributions to fostering research integrity through outstanding measures that increase the quality and reliability of research, e.g. by improving transparency, access to research results (‘Open Science’), overcoming the fragmentation of research (‘Team science’);
  • have developed and/or implemented quality-improving interventions, governance and policies;
  • have delivered groundbreaking research on research to identify opportunities for improving research practice, have generated evidence for potential interventions, and have developed metrics and policies that incentivize the adoption of best possible research practices;
  • have developed innovative approaches that foster research on research integrity, have conducted and designed novel measures or programs preventing misconduct and safeguarding validity and reliability in science and research;
  • have identified and addressed systemic factors leading to improved research integrity and more responsible research;
  • have performed or supported studies on the reproducibility of scientific results;
  • have made a significant contribution to the teaching of good research practice;
  • have identified research standards and incentives that directly or indirectly constrain the quality of research (e.g. reliance on purely quantitative output measures) and have designed more adequate means to assess the quality of research and researchers;
  • have demonstrated exceptional integrity when facing difficult circumstances and/or conflicts of interest;
  • have significantly contributed to increasing the diversity of research by taking into view aspects such as gender, race/ethnicity, geography, career stage, etc.;
  • guarantee the long-term archiving of data and publication (generation-spanning archives);

or that seek to make such developments and/or contributions in future.

Nomination and Application
  • Nominators are expected to think about a diverse set of nominations, including gender, race/ethnicity, geography, and career stage.
  • The emphasis should generally be on the nominee’s recent work.
  • Nominators, nominees and applicants are expected to ensure they are fully aware and comply with the European Code of Conduct for Research Integrity as defined by the European Federation of Academies of Sciences and Humanities (see link below).
  • Most nominees are individuals, but in some cases, teams may be nominated. When considering nominating a team, only nominate primary members who have made original and vital contributions.
  • Applications may be submitted on behalf of a team by any of its members.
  • The award recipient, including each individual member, may not be an employee of the Einstein Foundation, a judge involved in the award process, or any other party involved in the design, production, execution, or distribution of the award, or the immediate family member of such a party (i.e. a spouse, parent, step-parent, or step-child). Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, advisors who will provide comments on the applications or nominations are not eligible to participate in the award process. Self-nominations are not permitted, nor are nominations from immediate family members.
  • To nominate or apply for this award, nominators and applicants may access the nomination/application platform where they can provide all the necessary information. If it is not possible to submit an online application.
  • All nominations and applications must be received by the applicable deadline. Nominations and applications submitted after a posted award deadline will not be considered.
  • All final entries must be submitted through the award website following the instructions stated there.
  • The Einstein Foundation reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to (a) cancel, suspend, or modify the award process, and/or (b) not award prizes if no entries are deemed worthy.
Selection
  • After the nomination or application deadline passes, the award jury, composed of an international group of eminent experts, will begin the selection process. The jury reserves the right to invite external reviewers in individual cases. Jury members sit in a personal capacity.
  • In the individual and organization/institution award categories, the jury will select the laureates, who will then be invited to attend the award ceremony to give a presentation on their achievements and receive their award.
  • For the early career award, projects will be competitively selected for funding and internationally showcased. Prizes will be awarded for specific achievements or innovative ideas. The decision will be final and not open to appeal. Re-nominations and re-applications are welcome.
Criteria

The following criteria may serve as a basis for the jury’s decision:

Criteria for Individuals, Organizations, and Institutions

  • Impact: Have the candidate’s accomplishments fostered the quality, reliability, and value of research in their field in an outstanding manner?
  • Innovation: Has the candidate developed and/or implemented quality-improving interventions, governance, and policies, identified opportunities to improve research, or developed innovative approaches to research on research quality?
  • Implementation: Has the candidate successfully implemented quality-improving interventions, governance, and policies?
  • Validity: Has the candidate conducted and designed novel tools to prevent misconduct and safeguard validity and reliability in research?
  • Diversity: Has the candidate significantly developed and/or promoted the diversity of research by taking into view aspects such as gender, race/ethnicity, geography, career stage, etc.?
  • Integrity: Has the candidate demonstrated exceptional integrity in the face of pressure resulting from difficult circumstances or special interests?
  • Originality: Does the candidate contribute to the integrity, quality, reliability, and value of research in a novel or unprecedented manner?

Criteria for Early Career Researchers

  • Innovation: Will the proposed project improve the integrity, quality, reliability, and value of research, or improve research on research integrity?
  • Validity: Will the proposed project help to prevent misconduct and safeguard validity and reliability in research?
  • Originality: Is the proposed project genuinely novel? Has the applicant evaluated other existing or alternative approaches, or distinguished their approach from existing practices (if applicable)?
  • Feasibility: Does the applicant or team have the required skills and resources?
Important Dates
  • Mar 31 2021: Deadline Applications & Nominations
  • Sep 2021: Final Selection
  • Nov 2021: Award Ceremony
How to Apply?

Interested applicants can apply for the opportunity through this link.

Application Deadline

March 31, 2021

For more details, click the link below.

The Einstein Foundation Award for Promoting Quality in Research

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