2017/07/06

BIH Excellence Award for Sex and Gender Aspects in Health Research

BIH in cooperation with the Institute of Gender in Medicine (GiM) announces the “BIH Excellence Award for Sex and Gender Aspects in Health Research”. The award aims to bring more visibility to sex and gender issues in translational research. It recognizes research excellence among renowned scientists working in the field of basic and/or clinical biomedical research with a focus on sex and gender aspects.

Eligibility

To be eligible for participation in this competition, applicants must:

  • be a renowned scientist in the field of basic or clinical biomedical research
  • have made significant contributions to translational research with high relevance to the mission and strategy of BIH
  • have a focus on sex and gender aspects in their research, which means, that sex and/or gender must be an integral aspect of the applicant’s research approach and design
  • develop and provide a concise research program proposal for a visiting fellowship in Berlin that is of strategic relevance to BIH and has a focus on sex and/or gender aspects in research

How to Apply

Applications for the BIH Award must be submitted electronically via the BIH application portal at https://portal.bihealth.de/portal/SitePages/Portal.asp

The application deadline is October 15, 2017

Please provide the following documents as a single PDF upload:

  • CV including the 5–10 most important publications
  • Motivation letter describing your achievements and the impact of those achievements in the field of translational research with a focus on sex and gender aspects
  • Exposé of the planned cooperation with scientists in Berlin and the planned research program
  • 2 reference letters

The evaluation committee for the award is composed of internationally recognized experts in Gender Medicine and will meet in November.

Funding details

The winner of the BIH Excellence Award will receive 20.000€ for use on future research activities with a focus on sex and/or gender aspects. The money can be used for research activities at your own institution or elsewhere.

Furthermore, BIH wants to bring laureates’ expertise to Berlin with the aim to connect them personally within the BIH Translational Research Commons. For this reason, BIH may nominate the laureate later as an Einstein BIH Visiting Fellow or BIH Visiting Professor to the Charité Foundation, if the laureate is interested and applicable. This step will be taken after the funding decision for the award has been announced and is a separate procedure.

Funding for the Einstein BIH Visiting Fellows is aimed in particular to set up a working group at BIH and coming to Berlin for work stays several times a year in order to supervise the working group on location, be available to early career scientists and, in addition, develop cooperation with BIH. The fellowships are not conceived for the classic visiting professors coming for an uninterrupted guest stay of one to two semesters (based frequently on taking leave) but for scientists remaining employed by and active at their home institution abroad while simultaneously contributing to the life sciences in Berlin on an ongoing basis. An Einstein Visiting Fellow is supported with up to 150,000€ a year for max. 3 years. Funding may consist of

  • personnel funding for members of the working group to be set up (including for a postdoctoral researcher supervising the working group in Berlin),
  • appropriate expense allowance/compensation for the Einstein BIH Visiting Fellow in accordance with the rules for the host institution and oriented on the qualification and the position of the Fellow at home as well as
  • material resources to the extent deemed necessary by the Einstein BIH Visiting Fellow for her or his research project.

For more information concerning the Einstein BIH Visiting Fellowship, please visit http://www.stiftung-charite.de/en/funding/private-excellence-initiative-johanna-quandt/einstein-bih-visiting-fellows.html.

BIH Visiting Professors may receive up to 10,000 € a month for max. 2 years. Funding is provided for work stays with a total duration of three to nine months (can be split up in single work stays). The work stays are not designed to conduct a specific research project but to advance a recent or to develop a completely new research program through cooperation between the BIH host, the BIH Visiting Professor, and possibly further partners, or to help the BIH host by mentoring for a single junior scientist. BIH Visiting Professors stimulate longer-term collaborative projects between the home institution of the BIH Visiting Professors and BIH, and thus strategically extend the BIH collaborative network.

For more information concerning the BIH Visiting Professor please visit http://www.stiftung-charite.de/en/funding/private-excellence-initiative-johanna-quandt/bih-visiting-professors.html.

The funding decision for Einstein BIH Visiting Fellow or BIH Visiting Professor is taken by the Academic Advisory Council of the Private Excellence Initiative Johanna Quandt.

Review Process and Evaluation:

Applications for the BIH Excellence Award will be assessed according to the following criteria:

  • demonstrated excellence in translational research integrating a sex/gender dimension (applicants track record of academic achievement, contribution to research and teaching, publications, leadership)
  • real or potential impact of the applicant’s research within the field of translational research (e.g. novel findings, methodological innovations, theoretical advancements) with a focus on sex and gender
  • presentation of a promising research program proposal as a cooperation of the applicant and the BIH network in Berlin with the aim to stimulate long-term collaborative projects between the laureate, his/her home institution and the BIH

The evaluation committee for the award is composed of internationally recognized experts in Gender Medicine and will meet in November. The award ceremony will take place at the BIH symposium (March 16, 2018).

Afterwards BIH may nominate the selected candidate for a Visiting Fellowship, if he or she is interested and applicable (see funding details).