Deadline: May 21, 2021

Applications are open for the NOMIS & Science Young Explorer Award 2021. Through the NOMIS & Science Young Explorer Award, the editors of Science and NOMIS wish to recognize bold young researchers who ask fundamental questions at the intersection of the life and social sciences; scientists who have performed interdisciplinary work with an enthusiasm that has catalyzed cross-field collaboration; researchers who take risks to address relevant and exciting questions with creative approaches, regardless of the research outcome.

Successful applicants will have made significant advances in applying techniques developed in one domain to address questions in another—for example, methods to investigate problems of causal inference, understand complex networks or perform image recognition have been developed in both social science and life science contexts.

Alternatively, applicants have applied information gained in the life sciences—such as genome-wide association studies, brain imaging, cellular imaging, developmental biology or cellular senescence—to questions related to the collective or individual behavior of humans in the fields of psychology, economics, political science or sociology.


  • The Grand Prize Winner Receives: The Grand Prize winner will be awarded a cash prize in the amount of US $15,000, and be provided travel and accommodation to the award ceremony, if applicable.  Additionally, the Grand Prize winner is invited to present a proposal for funding to the NOMIS board, as well as receive a 5 year digital subscription to Science, and have their winning essay published in Science, in print and online.
  • Runner(s) Up Receives: Runner(s) Up will be awarded a cash prize in the amount of US$5,000, and be provided travel and accommodation to the award ceremony, if applicable. Additionally, the Runner(s) Up will receive a 5 year digital subscription to Science, and have their winning essay published in Science online.


  • The award will be granted annually to one young scientist based on work done in the past 3 years;
  • Entrants must be younger than thirty-five (35) years of age;
  • Must hold an M.D., Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. at the time of entry.

Judging Process

Science editors will screen the essays. A committee of scientists chaired by a Science Senior Editor, Deputy Editor, Editor or Editor in Chief, will select winners from the finalists and will decide on the winners. The essays will be judged on their scientific quality, and the clarity and style of writing.


The entrant must submit the following items:

  • A completed Entry Form.
  • An essay, written by the entrant, that describes his/her/their research at the intersection of the life and social sciences, showing interdisciplinary work. The essay must not exceed 1,000 words  in length. The applicant must have done or directed all of the work and it must have been performed in the last three years.
  • A one-page letter of recommendation from his or her postdoctoral adviser, supervisor, or other senior colleague who is familiar with the entrant’s work.
  • A Curriculum Vitae that includes the following:
    • Full citations of papers that the entrant has published on the research described in the essay
    • Academic and professional awards and honors that the entrant has received; and
    • Relevant professional experience
  • Copies of two of the entrant’s papers that are most relevant to the essay.

The Entry Form and additional submission materials must be submitted electronically through the prize management system here.

For more information, visit Young Explorer Award.

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