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ISCB Annual Awards & Competitions


Annually, ISCB recognizes four scientists through its Awards program, as well as hosts a variety of computational science-related competitions.  Self-nominations accepted.


ISCB Overton Prize Award
ISCB Accomplishments by a Senior Scientist
The Overton Prize was established by the ISCB in memory of G. Christian Overton, a major contributor to the field of bioinformatics and a member of the ISCB Board of Directors who died unexpectedly in 2000. The annual prize is awarded for outstanding accomplishment to a scientist in the early to mid-career stage (up to a decade post-degree or equivalent experience*), who has already made a significant contribution to the field of computational biology.
The Senior Scientist Accomplishment Award recognizes a member of the computational biology community who is more than two decades post-degree (or equivalent experience) and has made major contributions to the field of computational biology.
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Outstanding Contributions to ISCB Award
ISCB Innovator Award

The Outstanding Contributions to ISCB Award is in recognition of outstanding service contributions by any member toward the betterment of ISCB through exemplary leadership, education, service, or a combination of the three.

Nominees must be members of ISCB!

The ISCB Innovator Award is given to a leading scientist, 10-20 years post-degree (or equivalent experience*), who consistently makes outstanding contributions to the field of computational biology and continues to forge new directions.
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* ISCB recognizes that career paths may take many forms and that the definition of “early/mid-career” is fluid. ISCB supports researchers taking time off for maternity/paternity, care for a family member, an event of personal disability or other factors. A nominee may qualify for the Overton Prize or Innovator Award even though their actual years since degree is above the set threshold. It is the responsibility of the nominator to indicate any time off taken when submitting the nomination form. ISCB may deduct the equivalent time for the maternity/paternity leave, care for a family member or personal disability from the set award thresholds using guidance established by the European Research Council (page 19, paragraph 5).
ISCB Wikipedia/Wikidata Competition
Wikipedia has become an important way to communicate all types of science to the public and Wikidata plays an increasingly growing role in that. ISCB aims to further its mission by increasing the quality of Wikipedia and Wikidata coverage of Computational biology, and by improving accessibility to this information via Wikipedia and its sister sites.   The competition is open to students and trainees at any level either as individuals or as groups.

Nominations from all regions of the world are submitted annually, and the selection of award winners is made by an international panel of current and past ISCB Board members.

The complete award nominations policies and procedures can be viewed here.