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The Einstein Foundation Award for Promoting Quality in Research

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The Einstein Foundation Award for Promoting Quality in Research aims to provide recognition and publicity for outstanding efforts that enhance the rigor, reliability, robustness, and transparency of research in the natural sciences, the social sciences, and the humanities, and stimulate awareness and activities fostering research quality among scientists, institutions, funders, and politicians. To acknowledge the outstanding role early career researchers (ECRs) have in promoting research quality, ECRs will be invited to propose projects that foster research quality and value. Projects will be competitively selected for funding and internationally showcased.

Award Categories

Individual Award: Individual scientist or small teams of collaborating scientists can be nominated. The laureate will be awarded €200,000.

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. If governmental organizations or institutions are the recipients of the award, they will not receive any funds in addition to the award itself.

Early Career Award: Early career researchers can submit a project proposal for an award of €100,000.


This award is open to any researcher or group of researchers, organization, or institution. To be eligible for the Early Career Research Award, candidates must hold a doctorate or have equivalent research experience, and should have been an independent researcher for no longer than five years.



The Einstein Foundation Council has convened an outstanding group of scholars, representing the natural sciences, the humanities, and the social sciences, to select the award winners.

Meet the jury here.


Nomination and Application

  • Nominators are expected to think about a diverse set of nominations, including gender, race/ethnicity, geography, and career stage.

  • The emphasis should generally be on the nominee’s recent work.

  • Nominators, nominees and applicants are expected to ensure they are fully aware and comply with the European Code of Conduct for Research Integrity as defined by the European Federation of Academies of Sciences and Humanities (see link below).

  • Most nominees are individuals, but in some cases, teams may be nominated. When considering nominating a team, only nominate primary members who have made original and vital contributions.

  • Applications may be submitted on behalf of a team by any of its members.

  • The award recipient, including each individual member, may not be an employee of the Einstein Foundation, a judge involved in the award process, or any other party involved in the design, production, execution, or distribution of the award, or the immediate family member of such a party (i.e. a spouse, parent, step-parent, or step-child). Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, advisors who will provide comments on the applications or nominations are not eligible to participate in the award process. Self-nominations are not permitted, nor are nominations from immediate family members.

  • To nominate or apply for this award, nominators and applicants may access the nomination/application platform where they can provide all the necessary information. If it is not possible to submit an online application, please contact ulrike.pannasch [at] (subject: Einstein%20Foundation%20Award) (Ulrike Pannasch) for further instruction.

  • All nominations and applications must be received by the applicable deadline. Nominations and applications submitted after a posted award deadline will not be considered.

  • All final entries must be submitted through the award website following the instructions stated there.

  • The Einstein Foundation reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to (a) cancel,


More information here.