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HUPO Awards

The Human Proteome Organization presents HUPO awards annually at the World Congress. These awards recognize the outstanding efforts and achievements of individuals (or groups) in the field of proteomics. HUPO gratefully acknowledges the support of Journal of Proteome Research (ACS Publications) and the Industrial Advisory Board (IAB) as sponsors of the annual HUPO awards. 

A description of all HUPO awards can be viewed here.   The 2023 Call for Award Nominations is now closed (May 21, 2023). 

Early Career Researcher (ECR) Manuscript Competition

Call for the 2024 HUPO Early Career Researcher Manuscript Competition

The HUPO Early Career Researcher Committee (HUPO ECR) is pleased to announce the 10th ECR Manuscript Competition at HUPO 2024 taking place October 20-24, 2024 in Dresden, Germany. The manuscript competition is a unique opportunity for early career researchers to gain visibility in the proteomics community, as it serves as a platform to highlight the important contributions that postdoctoral fellows, young clinicians and junior faculty members make to the proteomics field.

HUPO encourages early career proteomics researchers to participate in this competition with an already published or accepted manuscript during the 2023 and 2024 calendar years. Three finalists will be selected to present their publications in a dedicated plenary session at HUPO 2024, where an expert committee will evaluate the oral presentations to determine the “Proteomics Highlight of the Year”. Application deadline is April 1, 2024.

Eligibility criteria: Competition is intended for postdoctoral fellows (Ph.D. degree awarded post January 2018), junior faculty members (appointment post January 2020 and PhD awarded post January 2012) and young clinicians (M.D. degree awarded post January 2017). Applicants must be HUPO members. Leave of absence (e.g. parental, or medical) will extend the eligibility period by twice the amount of time of the leave.

Publication Criteria: The applicant must have significantly contributed to the publication as a first or last (or shared first/last) author. The publication must be an original research article. Review articles will not be considered for this competition. The publication must have been accepted or printed for publication at the time of submission for the competition, but must not have been published before January 1st, 2023. Manuscripts that were posted on bioRxiv and other preprint servers prior to submission will be considered.

How to Apply: A complete application needs to include the documents listed below. Send completed applications by email to before April 1, 2024.

Documents required for a complete application:
1. Single publication file as a pdf (including the supplementary information, if it applies):

  • The manuscript must be an original research article and the applicant must have contributed significantly to the concept and/or experimental work and/or data analysis (first, co-first, corresponding or co-corresponding author)
  • The publication must have been accepted and/or printed for publication at the time of submission to the competition, but not earlier than January 1, 2023
  • The publication must be in English

2. A short statement (300 words maximum) in which the applicant describes the novelty and impact of the publication on the field of proteomics.

3. (Optional) A declaration regarding any leave of absence along with the exact dates and duration.

Selection Process: The HUPO ECR Committee and a panel of ad-hoc expert scientists will score the publications and select three finalists based on the following criteria:
  • The scientific content and novelty of the work
  • The impact of the work and its applications in the field of proteomics

The three finalists will be selected and notified by June 1, 2024. The finalists are required to submit an abstract for HUPO 2024 and provide a short biosketch and headshot picture within five business days of receiving their notifications.

Prize: Awards along with cash prizes ($1,000 to winner, $500/each to two runners up) will be presented during the Closing Ceremony & Awards Session at HUPO 2024. In addition, the three finalists will receive complimentary registration for HUPO 2024 (registration will be refunded post congress).

ECR Poster Competition

Supported by Molecular Omics

The HUPO Early Career Researcher (ECR) Committee invites all graduate students (Master’s and PhD) and postdocs to participate in the poster competition at HUPO 2023, taking place September 17-21, in Busan, South Korea to win awards and cash prizes. To participate, graduate students and postdocs only need to indicate during the abstract submission whether they would like to participate in the competition.

More details found here

ECR 3-Minute Thesis Competition

The HUPO Early Career Researcher (ECR) Committee in collaboration with the Human Proteome Project is organizing a 3-minute thesis competition. 12 candidates will be pre-selected for the final competition, to be held in a parallel session at HUPO 2023 in Busan, South Korea September 17-21, 2023.......and you are invited to participate!

Join the adventure and win the prize!

HUPO Staff Scientist Travel Awards

HUPO 2023 is pleased to offer a new education and travel award to support non-commercial staff scientists and or lab directors from laboratories around the world to attend the in-person HUPO 2023 meeting in Busan, Korea. This award provides the opportunity for scientific staff members which are not on an academic/university track to learn about the latest proteotyping technology and data analysis/interpretation advancements. By attending HUPO2023, staff members can grow professionally by attending educational sessions, networking, and developing professional relationships with colleagues across regional boundaries. This would also be your opportunity to submit an abstract for oral or poster presentation upon selection by the scientific committee! HUPO 2023 would invite and encourage applications all staff scientists.

More details found here.

HPP Clinical Scientist Travel Grants

In the past, the The Human Proteome Project (HPP) has connected with clinical scientists or clinicians who are using, or consider using, proteomics for their research projects. In 2019 the HPP supported five (5) clinical scientists with a USD $1000 travel grant plus complimentary congress registration to attend the HUPO World Congress in Adelaide, Australia.

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