Early Career Researcher (ECR) Manuscript Competition

HUPO 2019 - ECR Manuscript Competition: “Proteomics Highlight of the Year”

The Early Career Researcher Initiative of the Human Proteome Organization is pleased to announce the fifth ECR Manuscript Competition to take place at HUPO 2019 in Adelaide, Australia!

The ECR Manuscript Competition was initiated at HUPO 2015 in Vancouver and has been successfully repeated at all following HUPO world congresses. The competition is a unique opportunity to make early-career researchers more visible to the proteomics community. It serves as a platform to highlight the important contributions that postdoctoral fellows, young clinicians and junior faculty members make to the proteomics field. At HUPO 2019 in Adelaide, Australia September 15-19, 2019 we will repeat this successful event.

HUPO encourages all ambitious early-career proteomics researchers to participate in this competition with an already published or accepted manuscript during calendar years 2018-2019. Three finalists will be selected to present their publications in a related parallel session at HUPO 2019 in Adelaide, where an expert committee will evaluate their oral presentations. Awards (first place USD $1,000 and two runners-up each USD $500) will be presented to the finalists during the Closing Ceremony & Awards Session on September 18, 2019. In addition, the three finalists will receive complimentary registration for HUPO 2019 (registration will be refunded post congress). 

Eligibility: Competition is intended for postdoctoral fellows (Ph.D. degree awarded post January 2014), junior faculty members (appointment post January 2016) and young clinicians (M.D. degree awarded post January 2013). Applicants must be HUPO members.

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. The publication must have been accepted or printed for publication at the time of submission for the competition, but not earlier than January 1, 2018. Manuscripts which were posted on bioRxiv and other preprint servers prior to submission will be considered.

Selection Process: Publications will be reviewed by an ad-hoc expert panel of scientists and scored regarding various aspects. The ECR Committee will select three finalists based on:

  1. Publication score at review process which takes into consideration the scientific content and novelty of the work; and
  2. Career track record, academic age and research career plans and goals of the applicant.

The three finalists will be selected and notified by June 2019. The finalists must submit an abstract for HUPO (by the June 14 abstract submission deadline) and provide a biosketch and headshot picture within five business days of receiving their notifications. 

Submissions are closed - Application deadline was April 30, 2019.

Past ECR Manuscript Competition Finalists:

HUPO 2018 Orlando, Florida 

  • Ruth Hüttenhain (Winner)
  • Mathieu Lavallée-Adam (Winner)
  • Ilaria Piazza

HUPO 2017 in Dublin, Ireland

  • Ronald Holewinski (Winner)
  • Teresa García-Berrocoso (Winner)
  • Zhiduan Su

HUPO 2016 in Taipei, Taiwan

  • Cheng-Kang Chiang (Winner)
  • Hannes Röst
  • Stefan J. Kempf

HUPO 2015 in Vancouver, Canada

  • Olga Schubert (Winner)
  • Justyna Fert-Bober
  • Burcu Ayoglu




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