The Einstein Foundation Award is open to any researcher or group of researchers, organizations, or institutions involved in science and research, education, and scholarship.
The Award honors individual researchers from all fields, as well as collaborations, institutions, and organizations (NGO or governmental), that
- have made substantial contributions to fostering research integrity through outstanding measures that increase the quality and reliability of research, e.g. by improving transparency, access to research results (‘Open Science’), overcoming the fragmentation of research (‘Team science’);
- have developed and/or implemented quality-improving interventions, governance and policies;
- have delivered groundbreaking research on research to identify opportunities for improving research practice, have generated evidence for potential interventions, and have developed metrics and policies that incentivize the adoption of best possible research practices;
- have developed innovative approaches that foster research on research integrity, have conducted and designed novel measures or programs preventing misconduct and safeguarding validity and reliability in science and research;
- have identified and addressed systemic factors leading to improved research integrity and more responsible research;
- have performed or supported studies on the reproducibility of scientific results;
- have made a significant contribution to the teaching of good research practice;
- have identified research standards and incentives that directly or indirectly constrain the quality of research (e.g. reliance on purely quantitative output measures) and have designed more adequate means to assess the quality of research and researchers;
- have demonstrated exceptional integrity when facing difficult circumstances and/or conflicts of interest;
- have significantly contributed to increasing the diversity of research by taking into view aspects such as gender, race/ethnicity, geography, career stage, etc.;
- guarantee the long-term archiving of data and publication (generation-spanning archives);
- or that seek to make such developments and/or contributions in future.
The Einstein Foundation will honor successful candidates in the following three categories:
- Individual Award: Individual researchers or small teams of collaborating researchers can be nominated. The laureate will be awarded 200,000 EUR.
- Institutional Award: Governmental and non-governmental organizations, institutions, or other entities can apply or be nominated. The award-winning organization or institution will receive 200,000 EUR.
- Early Career Award: Early career researchers or small teams of collaborating researchers can submit a project proposal that seeks to foster research quality and value for an award of 100,000 EUR.
The call for nominations and applications 2023 is open until April 30, 2023. The award winners will be announced in late 2023.