Terms and Conditions

The SIB Award honours excellence in three categories:

1. SIB International Young Bioinformatician Award
2. SIB International Bioinformatics Resource Award
3. SIB Best Swiss Bioinformatics Graduate Paper Award

General Conditions

1. SIB International Young Bioinformatician Award
1.1 Terms and Conditions
The award recognizes the excellent and promising young career of a scientist, or a project he/she has carried out, or a paper he/she has published in the field of bioinformatics or computational biology. The award is open to any graduate student or young researcher (having finished his/her PhD within the last six years preceding the closing date for applications) who has carried out a research project in the fields mentioned above (hereinafter “the Candidate”). The Candidate must not be more than 36 years old at the time of submission and must have worked on a project with a partner in Switzerland for at least 6 months during the year of the award application opening date. The submitted project must be completed or subject to publication during the year following June 1 of the year of the award application opening date.

1.2. Application requirements
Applications may be submitted by:

  • the Candidate;
  • or any professor working in the field of bioinformatics or computational biology.

(hereinafter “the Applicant”).

Applications must include the following mandatory components:

  • Documentation supporting the application (accepted publication, or two to five page summary of the project/career);
  • For applications submitted by the candidate: a letter of support of the project/PhD supervisor, Head of Department or equivalent;
  • A CV including list of publications.

Applications can include the following optional component:

  • PhD or Master thesis.

All application materials must be submitted in English. Documents must be submitted in PDF format only and the maximum size of the files is 2MB.

1.3. Selection Criteria
The jury will base its selection criteria solely on the scientific excellence of the Candidate.

1.4. Award
The Award carries a cash prize of CHF 10,000, an award certificate, and travel expenses for the Laureate to attend the award ceremony. The usage of the prize money is unconditional.
The Laureate will be announced during the award ceremony. The Laureate will be invited to give a plenary talk about his/her project during the ceremony and is therefore expected to attend it.

1.5. Jury
An international jury of high-ranked experts will review the applications and designate the award laureate (hereinafter “the Laureate”). The jury is autonomous and can decide not to attribute the Award. The jury’s decisions are final and without appeal.

2. SIB International Bioinformatics Resource Award
2.1. Terms and Conditions
The Award recognizes a bioinformatics resource (database, infrastructure, code-base, analysis framework, visualization tool, etc.) that is breaking new ground conceptually and/or technically (hereinafter “the Resource”). The Award is open worldwide to any new bioinformatics resource or any very major new release of a resource that is available online and that has been formally published for the first time within five years preceding the closing date for applications.

2.2. Application requirements
Applications may be submitted by:

  • any professor (user of the resource);
  • or the Principal Investigator of the resource;
  • or a team member of the resource.

(hereinafter “the Applicant”).

Applications must include the following mandatory components:

  • publication on the resource;
  • two to five-page summary describing the resource and its scientific impact, and containing a short, forward-looking statement on how the resource can be maintained over the coming years;
  • the name and contact details of the Principal Investigator of the resource.

All application materials must be submitted in English. Documents must be submitted in PDF format only and the maximum size is 2MB.

2.3. Selection Criteria
The resource should have an important impact on the life science community, or show the clear potential to have such an impact.

2.4. Award
The award carries a cash prize of CHF 10,000, an award certificate, and travel expenses for the Team Member to attend the award ceremony. The cash prize is given to the Principal Investigator but is meant to support the entire team behind the bioinformatics resource; it should be used for the benefit and further development of the resource.

The Laureate will be announced during the award ceremony. The Principal Investigator of the resource or one team member designated by the Principal Investigator (hereinafter “the Team Member”) will be invited to present the resource and its scientific background during the ceremony and is therefore expected to attend it.

2.5. Jury
An international jury of high-ranked experts will review the applications and designate the winning resource (hereinafter “the Laureate”). The jury is autonomous and can decide not to attribute the award. The jury’s decisions are final and without appeal.

3. SIB Best Swiss Bioinformatics Graduate Paper Award
3.1. Terms and Conditions
The award recognizes a paper in the field of bioinformatics and computational biology, that has been published or accepted for publication at the closing date for applications (hereinafter “the Paper”). The paper must be published by a scientist currently carrying out a PhD or having obtained his/her PhD degree within one year preceding the closing date for applications (hereinafter “the Candidate”). The Candidate must have studied in Switzerland for at least six months during the PhD. In the case the Candidate is not the first author of the Paper, his/her personal contributions should be detailed in the application.

3.2. Application requirements
Applications may be submitted by:

  • Any SIB group leader;
  • Or any faculty member of the Swiss universities association;
  • Or the Candidate.

(hereinafter “the Applicant”).

Applications will include the following mandatory components:

  • The Paper
  • A letter of recommendation of the PhD supervisor, or the last or corresponding author of the Paper
  • A CV including list of publications
  • For Candidates currently not working/studying in Switzerland: a proof that the Candidate has studied in Switzerland during at least six month during his/her PhD.

All application materials must be submitted in English. Documents must be submitted in PDF format only and the maximum size of the files is 2MB.

3.3. Selection Criteria
The jury will base its selection criteria solely on the scientific excellence of the Paper.

3.4. Award
The Award carries a cash prize of CHF 5,000, an award certificate, and travel expenses for the Laureate to attend the award ceremony. The usage of the prize money is unconditional.
The Laureate will be announced during the award ceremony. The Laureate will be invited to give a plenary talk during the ceremony and is therefore expected to attend it.

3.5. Jury
A jury composed of high-ranked Swiss experts and past laureates will review the applications and designate the award laureate (hereinafter “the Laureate”). The jury is autonomous and can decide not to attribute the Award. The jury’s decisions are final and without appeal.

6. Exclusion Criteria
SIB will exclude applications that contradict the present General Conditions.

7. Timeline and Closing Date for Applications
SIB Awards 2017

8. Address
Applications have to be submitted online via the application-tool of the SIB website.
SIB Awards 2017

9. Data Protection
The Applicant accepts that his/her personal data may be retained by SIB and may be used for SIB’s own communication or organizational purposes.

10. Governing Law
These General Conditions shall be interpreted in accordance with and governed by Swiss law