DNM Young Talent Prize 2022
The DNM Organising Committee recognizes the importance of early career researchers having the opportunity to share their research with all the DNM participants. Therefore, one talented early career researcher who made outstanding contributions to the field is given the opportunity to give an overview of their scientific work in a plenary session of the DNM 22. The selected talent for this plenary lecture will be additionally honored with the DNM Young Talent Prize 2022.
NB: As of 2022, we have installed a new selection procedure. Candidates who wish to be considered for the Prize can be actively nominated by a senior colleague. Please see the eligibility criteria and selection procedure below.
Deadline for nominations: 8 May 2022 (23:59).
Nominations should be sent as a single pdf file via email to DNM22@azuleon.org.
The 2022 Young Talent Prize winner will be granted the opportunity to present their work in a plenary lecture during the Young Talent session of the DNM 22. This session will be followed by an award ceremony.
The winner additionally receives 500 EUR.
Candidates can be nominated by a senior colleague. Self-nominations are accepted if accompanied by a supporting statement from a senior colleague. Members of the Young Talent Prize Committee and the Dutch Neuroscience meeting chair cannot serve as nominators.
Researchers are eligible if they:
- have conducted original neuroscientific research.
- currently work at, or are demonstrably returning to, a Dutch research institution. Eligible institutions are Dutch universities and the KNAW and NWO research institutes.
- obtained their PhD maximally four years ago at the submission deadline. Here, the NWO VENI rules for extension are followed, meaning that the maximum career deadline can be extended for parents or if the candidate has taken extended sick, parental, maternity or care leave within the relevant period. The maximum extension that may be granted to any particular applicant is four years.
Extension for parents:
- Biological mothers who have given birth to one or more children are granted a standard extension of eighteen months per child. This extension is a compensation for the duration of the pregnancy, including the child- birth and the parental care and is irrespective of any parental leave taken and/or a reduction in the formal working hours. Please make sure to mention this extension in the letter confirming eligibility of the nomination.
- Other parents (fathers and non-biological mothers) are granted a standard extension of six months per child that is part of the applicant’s household. This period is a compensation for the duration of child care required and is irrespective of parental leave taken and/or a reduction in the formal working hours. This request for extension can be made in the letter confirming eligibility for the nomination, in which the applicant needs to declare that the child or children are part of his or her household.
The Young Talent Prize winner is selected by the Young Talent Prize committee of the DNM Organizing Committee, appointed by the DNM chair. The award committee will assess the nominations and recommend the Young Talent Prize winner to the DNM Chair. After the chair has approved the recommendation by the committee, the winner will be announced. The decision is final and cannot be disputed.
Committee members cannot evaluate nominations from candidates from their own university or that concern a conflict of interest.
Rankings of nominated candidates are based on the following criteria:
- The internationally recognized scientific quality.
- The unique contribution of the nominee to the Neuroscience field
- Scientific rigor and integrity.
The application (a single pdf file) must contain:
- The nominee’s CV (max 4 pages), including list of publications.
- An overview of the nominee’s 5 most important contributions to the neuroscience field, each with 2-3 sentences explaining its relevance (max 1 page). Contributions can be publications, particularly valuable data sets, toolboxes, clinical/societal/commercial/open science applications, etcetera.
- A short description (max 750 words) of the nominee’s contributions to the Neuroscience field and future directions.
- A nomination letter by the nominator, explaining why the nominee deserves this award (max 1 page) OR a nomination letter by the candidate themselves (max 1 page) with separate signed support statement from a senior colleague.
- A letter signed by the nominee confirming eligibility, and if necessary, with a request for extension and elaboration thereof.
Young Talent Prize committee
Dr. Marloes Henckens, Radboud University Medical Center
Dr. Sebastien Foulquier, Maastricht University
Dr. Mirjam van Zuiden, Amsterdam University Medical Centers