BII and Science prize for innovation

Through the BioInnovation Institute & Science Prize for Innovation, the editors of Science seek to recognize bold researchers who are asking fundamental questions at the intersection of the life sciences and entrepreneurship.

They seek scientists who can show that they have reached across field boundaries with an enthusiasm that combines outstanding basic science with an eye toward application in the marketplace. In addition, successful applicants may have made significant progress in developing results that have been protected as intellectual property and licensed to a commercial entity, such as proprietary drugs and biologics, diagnostics, therapeutic interventions, health care information technology, or new biobased fuels, chemicals, and food solutions.

Nevertheless, they encourage applicants to apply if they are willing to take risks in order to solve relevant and fascinating problems with novel techniques, even if the outcome may be regarded bad.


  • The Grand Prize winner will be receive a cash prize of USD 25,000, and a travel and accommodation for the awards ceremony, if applicable.
  • They will also receive a 5-year digital subscription to Science, and have their winning essay published in Science, both in print and online.
  • Up to two runner(s)-up will receive USD 10,000, and a travel and accommodation for the awards ceremony, if applicable.
  • They will also receive a 5-year digital subscription to Science, and their essay will be published in Science online.


  • Entrants must have finished their Ph.D.-level education within the last 10 years and must hold an M.D., Ph.D., D.V.M., Pharm.D., or combination of these degrees at the time of entry.
  • Applicant with more than one advanced degree, the 10 years are counted from the date that all degrees were completed in the case of uninterrupted training, such as a dual degree M.D.-Ph.D. program.
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Application Process

  • A completed Entry Form.
  • An essay, written by the entrant, that demonstrates their research as it relays to entrepreneurship not exceeding 1,000 words in length.
  • A one-page letter of recommendation from the entrant’s postdoctoral adviser, supervisor, or other senior colleague who is familiar with their work.
  • A curriculum vitae that includes the following:
    1. Full citations of papers that the entrant has published on the research described in the essay
    2. Academic and professional awards and honors that the entrant has received; and
    3. Relevant professional experience.
  • Copies of two of the entrant’s papers that are most relevant to the essay.

To apply for the BII and Science prize for innovation, click here.

Deadline: November 01, 2021.

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