Weston Brain Institute International Outstanding Achievement Award 2017

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The Weston Brain Institute Outstanding Achievement Award 2017 recognizes an exceptional UK investigator who, in the field of translational research to  accelerate the development of therapeutics for neurodegenerative diseases of aging, has made exceptional advances in research in the past 15 years, demonstrated remarkable leadership, and is likely to make substantial contributions in the next 5-10 years. The awardee should also have made positive societal contributions and have a record of impeccable citizenship in the research community.

The awardee will receive a £25,000 prize supported by Selfridges Group and will be honored at an award presentation in London in July 2017.

The award is an opportunity to support research excellence, and to celebrate exceptional achievements by UK researchers.

Nominations close:            Tuesday April 11, 2017 at 4:00pm BST

Award announcement:     July 2017

*Dates may change

For further information about the award, please refer to the following:

Request for Applications (RFA)

Program Details

Sample Nomination Form

To see the winner and the award review committee of the inaugural 2016 award, please click here.


Eligibility

Anyone (in the UK or elsewhere, the “Nominator”) can nominate an individual (the “Nominee”) for the award.

The Nominee must:

  • Have made exceptional contributions in translational research that have accelerated the development of therapeutics for neurodegenerative diseases of aging, in particular in the past 15 years. Please note that this is NOT a lifetime achievement award.
  • Be presently leading or performing translational research on neurodegenerative diseases of aging as part of a full-time position.
  • Be working at or above the lecturer (assistant professor or equivalent) level if holding an academic position or equivalent.
  • Have performed >50% of relevant research and leadership contributions in the UK.
  • Have positive recommendations for citizenship in the research community and societal contributions.

The following are not eligible:

  • Those who have retired, including those who have Emeritus status.
  • Those who do not anticipate having a full-time position for the next 5 years.
  • Those who are not likely to be engaged in translational research to accelerate the development of therapeutics for neurodegenerative diseases of aging for the next 5 years.
  • Past recipients of this award.
  • Self-nominations.

Please refer to the Program Details for complete information on eligibility, and a list of neurodegenerative diseases of aging as defined by the Institute.


Evaluation Criteria

Nominees that meet all eligibility requirements will be reviewed by an award jury. The following criteria will be used to evaluate nominees for this award:

  • Research contributions – the nominee must have accelerated the development of therapeutics for neurodegenerative diseases of aging through exceptional contributions to translational research. Greater emphasis will be placed on contributions that have occurred in the past 15 years.
  • Leadership contributions – the nominee must have a record of exceptional leadership in translational research for accelerating the development of therapeutics for neurodegenerative diseases of aging.

A nominee’s societal contributions and citizenship will be taken into account if all else is considered equal among the top candidates.

Please refer to the Program Details for complete information on evaluation criteria.


Nomination Process

All nominations must be submitted through our online system by 11 April 2017. The Institute will then contact the nominee for additional supporting information (including curriculum vitae, two letters of reference and a standard release form). Completed applications will then be prescreened for eligibility and reviewed by the Institute’s award jury.

Please refer to the Sample Nomination Form for the list of questions asked during nomination.


The Institute welcomes inquiries about this award, or any of our programs. Please contact Cristina Tang at cristina.tang@weston.ca or +1 416-935-5356.