The Sun Foundation is excited to launch the second annual Peer Prize for Women in Science.
This is an annual prize for women researchers across Australia with a mission to accelerate open knowledge exchange and cross-disciplinary innovation.
Typically science prizes are selected by hidden panels of a few peers with only the winners being showcased. This means that time is wasted by researchers with unsuccessful applications, and only a fraction of the knowledge is showcased. This creates barriers to collaboration and innovation. The Peer Prize is changing that.
Last years inaugural Sun Foundation Women in Science Prizewas the first of its kind in the world and was a huge success. Over 1400 researchers from around the world voted and the competition engaged nearly 100,000 people.
This year we are looking to make the Prize bigger and better. Again, there are two main areas of research focus: Life Sciences; and Earth, Environmental and Space Sciences. The prize for each category has increased to be $20,000.
Scientists: We want to help accelerate discovery by seeding new connections, knowledge and ideas while celebrating exciting research performed by women in Australia. We welcome all researchers across the world to take part in casting your vote in this one of a kind 'Peer Prize'. It will allow you to explore, share and connect with researchers to collaborate and innovate together - without boundaries.
Applicants must be female researchers & teams from any research institute, hospital or university with tax-deductible gift recipient status in Australia. Teams with male colleagues are still eligible but need a clear description of the contribution made by the female individual(s).
Research must have been performed, shared or published after January 1, 2016 to be eligible for the prize. It can be a thesis, an article, a data-set or even an exciting new project. Career interruptions/ maternity leave will be considered for applicants - contact us if this applies to you.
Applicants can submit multiple entries as long as they are unique pieces of research.
Applicants do not have to be Australian citizens, however to accept prize money, they must be affiliated with an Australian DGR status institute where the funds will be transferred.
Big advances in science most often come from collaborations across fields. For the inaugural year of the Peer Prizes, we will focus on two broad multi-disciplinary categories, each with a $20,000 prize:
Life Science Prize: The life sciences comprise all fields that involve the study of living organisms (eg biology, medical sciences, veterinary science, botany, neuroscience).
Earth, Environmental, and Space Prize: Earth science covers research that explores planet earth (eg geology, atmosphere, ocean, land & environment) while space science explores everything beyond earth (eg astronomy, planetary science, astrophysics, cosmology etc)
Each submission can only be entered into one category. However, a single applicant can enter for both categories if they enter a unique piece of research for each. Each applicant can only be awarded one of the prizes even if they have entered a submission into both categories.
We define 'peers' as those who have authored a peer-reviewed article within the scientific literature. Once verified, peers will be open to vote on multiple entries. Thinkable allows all members to register as a researcher by authenticating their institution email address, selecting their field/s of study, and providing evidence of at least one recently published peer-reviewed article.
The winners for each prize will be those with the highest number of peer votes at the close of the voting period. The final leaderboard will be finalised and showcased on the site. The site will be archived to allow open discovery by anyone in order to continue to drive knowledge exchange each year. Prize funds will be transferred to their host institution for their use. There are no restrictions on how the funds can be used via their institution. NB: If there is a tie in researcher votes at the conclusion, the final deciding vote will be made by the donor at their discretion, which is final and non-negotiable.
Use of Funds
Funds can be used on non-conference/travel related research needs related to the goals of the broad research project (eg salaries, students, personnel, equipment, technology). Proceeds of the award cannot be used on conference travel.
How do I enter?
Click apply, and then select whether you want to apply as an individual or as a team. You will need to create a team if you do not have one already.
If you have already started an application, you can continue with this. Click 'Manage' under your username (top-right) to continue a submission.
What does the application involve?
Entrants will be creating their own shareable research page to allow thousands of people and peers to learn and vote. The online application is short and includes:
TITLE - Provide a short title of your research or publication
SUMMARY - Provide a plain English summary of your work. (150 words max)
DESCRIPTION - Provide a description of your approach and broader findings. (500 words max)
IMPACT - What is the wider contribution or impact to your scientific field/s? (300 words max)
FUTURE - Discuss potential ideas you would like to explore to take this research further. (300 words max)
VIDEO - Not mandatory, but producing a short video explainer of your findings helps drive a much wider audience to your work.
Closing date for application: May 31st, 11:59 pm, AEST
Entry fee: $50
Who can vote?
We ask research peers to choose the most impactful piece of research, or important new discovery.
You must register as a researcher and be verified to vote. Verified peers can vote once each, on multiple entries. We strongly encourage peers to engage and vote on entries beyond their own specialist field.
This will help drive multi-disciplinary collaboration that is critical to accelerate scientific discovery and solve some of humanity's most complex future challenges in health and the environment
How do I vote?
To vote you must register as a researcher and be verified by Thinkable. This requires you to authenticate your current organisation email, select your field/s of study, and provide details of at least one recently published peer-reviewed article
Once you are registered, take a look at the submissions and click 'Vote' on the ones that you find most engaging.
Verification can take up to 24 hours depending on the influx of registrations so please make sure you register well in advance of the Voting Closed date.
Can I apply if I entered last years prize?
Yes (except for winners). However, the application must still be tailored to adhere to the eligibility requirements. (ie research performed or published since January 2016).
The Life Sciences Prize
For women undertaking research across Australia, in the broad field of Life Sciences
The Earth, Environmental & Space Prize
For women undertaking research across Australia, in the broad fields of Earth, Environmental & Space Sciences.