Conditions for The 3Brain - Massimo Grattarola Award
Last revised: 29.01.2021
- Who may submit an application
Applications can be submitted by researchers that hold a doctorate and at least a 50% position at an academic institution, government institution or non-profit organization in any part of the world. The applicant’s position must be guaranteed for at least 1 year, starting from the contest’s deadline date. Additionally, only applicants that hold their PhD for less than 3 years and authored/coauthored at least one peer-reviewed publication based on in-vitro or ex-vivo neuronal or cardiac models will be considered.
The project is an idea and concept of what you would like to do with our HD-MEA, having an MEA is not a required condition for project submission.
- Who may not submit an application
Researchers fully or partially employed by for-profit organizations and businesses.
- What may be founded by the award
Money from The 3Brain - Massimo Grattarola Award must be used primarily to fund research projects planned (which is not required to be the submitted project for this Award), executed and authored by the award winner (or winners). All funded research involving animal breeding and/or experiments must be approved by the appropriate authorities and/or following the guidelines for the welfare of experimental animals of the respective country.
Budgeted items can include:
- Supplies, consumables, and small pieces of equipment
- Costs for publication in peer-reviewed journals
- Costs for attendance of national and international conferences
3. Application and evaluation procedure
All applications must be written in English. Submitted projects will be reviewed in two rounds of evaluation (see details below) according to the following criteria:
- Novelty, creativity and originality of the project
- Impact of the anticipated results for the field of research
- Clarity and quality of the project description
- Evaluation round 1
For the first round of evaluation, applicants have to fill the application form and send it to email@example.com by 17:00 CET on 14th of March, 2021. Besides general information, the applicants have to submit a project abstract (2000 characters max), stating the main purpose, the significance of the expected results, as well as the importance of HD-MEA recordings for the project. Additionally, the submission of a graphical abstract is optional. The submitted projects will be reviewed by neuroscientists from 3Brain AG, and the 3 most inspiring projects will be accepted for the second round of evaluation.
- Evaluation round 2
Applicants with projects accepted for the second round of evaluation is informed at the beginning of April and will be asked to give a 15 minutes virtual talk, to introduce their project idea in more detail at the beginning of May. The talks will be evaluated by a reviewing committee, consisting of notable neuroscientists who are not involved in 3Brain AG.
- Post-application procedure & Award Ceremony
3Brain reserves the right to decline applications without evaluation in case any of the above state rules are not considered. The award ceremony will be held during the Summer School of Neuroengineering, which takes place in June 2021. Depending on the COVID-19 situation and general travelling conditions, the ceremony will be held either online or in person. In case of an in person event, the winner will be invited to Genova (Italy) and 3Brain AG will cover her/his costs in traveling and accommodation.
4. Regulation for provided information
Applicants must not submit information that is considered proprietary and that violates or infringes other’s rights. By submitting the application and checking the conditions read agreement on the application, the applicant agrees with all Conditions for The 3Brain - Massimo Grattarola Award stated here and grants 3Brain AG a non-exclusive, world-wide, free of charge and irrevocable right to save, use and publish the provided information.