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Brains for Brains Young Researcher Award

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Since 2010, the Bernstein Network Computational Neuroscience presents the Brains for Brains Award, which recognizes the special achievements of young scientists who have shown their outstanding potential at a very early career stage – even before starting their doctoral studies. It is one of two prizes awarded by the Bernstein Network.

Applicants should plan to pursue a research career in Computational Neuroscience to be eligible for the award. They should at least have have one peer-reviewed publication as co-author or peer-reviewed conference abstract as first author. These must have been submitted before applicants started their doctoral studies as well as accepted or published in the year or preceding year of the call for applications.

Since 2017, the award is presented on a biennial basis, alternating with the Valentin Braitenberg Award. It is endowed with a travel grant of 2.000 € allowing the awardee a one-week trip to Germany including individually planned visits to laboratories within the Bernstein Network Computational Neuroscience. The award ceremony takes place during the Bernstein Conference when the young scientists will present their research in a short talk to the scientific community.

The next call for the Brains for Brains Award will be in 2022, as the Valentin Braitenberg Award has been postponed to 2021. In 2020, all prizes were  suspended due to the pandemic.

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Brains for Brains award ceremony 2019. Tuan Pham receives the award from Alexandra Stein, head of the Bernstein Coordination Site.

The call for applications for the Brains for Brains Award is published on the website of the Bernstein Network at the beginning of every odd year.

The awardees:

In parts prizes have been supported by donations from the companies Multi Channel Systems MCS GmbH, Brain Products GmbH, Thomas Recording GmbH, Circular Informationssysteme GmbH, NVIDIA, neuroConn GmbH, and npi electronic GmbH.