Team Science Award

The NWO Domain Science hands out five special scientific awards. These awards recognise the achievements of scientists in various areas of scientific research. There is an award for inspirational teamwork (Team Science Award), an award for science communication for a wider audience (Communication Award), an award to foster diversity (Diversity Initiative Award and Athena Award) and an award for the societal impact of scientific results (Stairway to Impact Award). The awards are intended to reward scientists who have contributed in these areas and to inspire others to do the same. All disciplines in the Science domain are eligible for these awards.

The Team Science Award rewards the most inspiring and successful team of researchers from various disciplinary fields, who jointly take on a scientific challenge in which their individual strengths and expertise demonstrably reinforce each other. Each year at most three team will receive the award of 10k€. The prizemoney is intended for activities with relation to the team.

What for?

With the Team Science Award The NWO Domain Science wishes to underline the added value of team science in all fields and to highlight inspirational examples. The added value of team science lies in the mutually reinforcing effects of diversity and complementarity of (technical) skills and expertise of individual team members. Good team science promotes the development of talent within the group, whereby leading researchers in the team attract talented new young PIs who can develop quickly and go on to attract even more new talent. The Team Science Award rewards the most inspiring and successful team of researchers from various disciplinary fields, who jointly take on a scientific challenge in which their individual strengths and expertise demonstrably reinforce each other.

Who can submit a nomination?

Anyone can submit a nomination. For the Team Science Award, it is possible to nominate the team that you are yourself a member of.

What could the nominees win?

The Team Science Award is a sum of 10k€ per team. Recipients have ample freedom when it comes to spending this sum, as long as it is used to contribute to the goal for which the award has been presented.

When can nominations be submitted?

Nominations must be received by NWO by 30 June 2020, 12:00 CE(S)T. (ENWprijzen@nwo.nl).

How can nominations be submitted?

The nomination must include the following sections:

  1. The cover page, which can be downloaded under ‘Related documents’.
  2. The nomination itself, the nominator must comply with the assessment criteria mentioned in the brochure.
  3. Supporting documentation, such as short narrative CVs of the nominees containing information relevant to the award and any supporting letters from third parties. Please do not exceed 15 pages for the supporting documentation.

The nominations must be written in English. See the brochure for more information.

Assessment procedure

Criteria

The Team Science Award underlines the demonstrable added value of diversity and the complementarity of (technical) skills and expertise of individual team members with respect to innovative research and talent development in the Science domain. Nominated teams are therefore assessed on the following requirements:

Composition and collaboration of the team

  • Teams are characterised by diversity, interdisciplinarity and the complementarity of their (technical) skills and expertise;
  • Teams focus demonstrably on talent development;
  • It is an added value when teams have made agreements regarding roles and tasks, the communication structure, the infrastructure for data traffic and storage and, if applicable, the intellectual property and conflicts of interest.

Scientific value

  • Teams have defined their scientific challenge clearly, and there is a clear common goal;
  • Teams have taken on a scientific challenge to which cooperation between individual team members brings demonstrable added value, whereby the team as a whole is more than simply the sum of its parts.

The prize relates to scientific research in a general sense; the subject of the research is not one of the criteria applied.

Procedure

The nominations are assessed in relation to the criteria by a committee. The Board of NWO Domain Science will make the decision regarding the winners. More details are given in the brochure.

To better reflect the official (dutch language) guidelines and to avoid misunderstanding the english translation of the brochure has been updated.

Related documents


Status:

Open for nominations

Deadline for nominations:

30 June 2020, 12:00 CE(S)T

Award:

10k€ per winning team

Contact

Dr. Joyce Burger +31 (0)70 3494306 enwprijzen@nwo.nl