Innovators in Science Award

Innovators in Science Award

Nominations are now being accepted for the Innovators in Science Award! 

Please visit the online nomination portal to submit your application.

Learn more about how to submit a nomination for the Innovators in Science Award during our free Webinar on May 15. To register, please click here.

The Innovators in Science Award, administered by the New York Academy of Sciences and sponsored by Takeda Pharmaceuticals, was established on November 10, 2016. This global Award recognizes a promising Early-Career Scientist's and an outstanding Senior Scientist’s contributions to science in the therapeutic areas of Neuroscience, Gastroenterology, Regenerative Medicine, and Oncology, and is intended to support their commitment to innovative research.


Two prizes of US$200,000 are awarded each Award cycle, in a specific therapeutic area, one to an Early-Career Scientist and the other to a well-established Senior Scientist from around the world. The winning scientists have distinguished themselves for the creativity and impact of their research.

The 2019 Award will recognize researchers in the field of Regenerative Medicine. The nomination period is April 16-June 25, 2018. To submit a nomination, please click here.

Nominations are invited from the international academic institutions listed here. In addition, we also welcome nominations from government or non-profit institutions or equivalent around the world, as well as from the Awards’ own Scientific Advisory Council, composed of renowned science and technology leaders. If your institution is not listed here and would like to nominate, please submit a brief statement of interest to TakedaInnovators@nyas.org.

Prize Winners will be chosen by a panel of judges independently selected by the New York Academy of Sciences, and the Awards will be conferred at a formal ceremony in New York City or Japan.


Contact

Karen Han

Program Coordinator, Innovators in Science Award

+1.212.298.8696
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"As the Academy enters its Third Century, the Innovators in Science Award will serve as an iconic example of our long-standing tradition of partnering with prestigious global partners to advance science and address the challenges confronting our planet. So we are delighted to call Takeda our partner in the drive to improve human health through innovation."
Ellis Rubinstein
President and Chief Executive Officer
The New York Academy of Sciences

Innovators in Science Award

"As Takeda continues to embrace innovative science and thinking within our own organization, we look outward to honor those who are leading the way as an inspiration in our pursuit. We are privileged to partner with The New York Academy of Sciences to create the Innovators in Science Award, and look forward to recognizing and supporting the awardees' contributions to transformative research."
Andrew Plump, MD, PhD
Chief Medical and Scientific Officer
Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited


Scientific Advisory Council

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Don Cleveland, MD, PhD, Chair, Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine, University of California, San Diego
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Hans Clevers, MD, PhD, Professor of Molecular Genetics, Hubrecht Institute
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Elaine Fuchs, PhD, Rebecca C. Lancefield Professor, Rockefeller University
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Joseph L. Goldstein, MD, Winner, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (1985), Julie and Louisa A. Beecherl, Jr. Distinguished Chair in Biomedical Research, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas
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Nobutaka Hirokawa, MD, PhD , Project Professor, Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy, and Department of Molecular Structure and Dynamics, The University of Tokyo
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Shigekazu Nagata, PhD, Professor, Immunology Frontier Research Center, Osaka University
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Bengt Samuelsson, PhD, Winner, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (1982), Chair, Department of Chemistry, Karolinska Institute
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Hans R. Schöler, PhD, Director, Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, Max Planck Institute for Molecular Biomedicine
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Makoto Suematsu, MD, PhD, President, Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development (AMED), Keio University
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Azim Surani, PhD, FMedSci, FRS, Director of Germline and Epigenetics Research. Wellcome Trust Cancer Research UK Gurdon Institute, University of Cambridge
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Robert Tjian, PhD, Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of California, Berkeley
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Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic, PhD, University Professor and Mikati Foundation Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Medical Sciences, Columbia University

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About Takeda

Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited (TSE: 4502) is a global, research and development-driven pharmaceutical company committed to bringing better health and a brighter future to patients by translating science into life-changing medicines. Takeda focuses its R&D efforts on oncology, gastroenterology and central nervous system therapeutic areas plus vaccines. Takeda conducts R&D both internally and with partners to stay at the leading edge of innovation. New innovative products, especially in oncology and gastroenterology, as well as our presence in Emerging Markets, fuel the growth of Takeda. Around 30,000 Takeda employees are committed to improving quality of life for patients, working with our partners in health care in more than 70 countries. For more information, visit http://www.takeda.com/newsroom.

2019 Innovators in Science Award in Regenerative Medicine

The 2019 Innovators in Science Award recognizes a promising Early-Career Scientist's and an outstanding Senior Scientist’s contributions to science in the therapeutic area of Regenerative Medicine, and is intended to support their commitment to innovative research.

Two prizes of US$200,000 will be awarded, one to an Early-Career Scientist and the other to a well-established Senior Scientist from across the globe. The winning scientists will have distinguished themselves for the creativity and impact of their research.

Eligibility

Early-Career Scientist

The nominee must:

  • Have been engaged in active research for a length of time of 10 years or less since gaining their doctorate degree or equivalent.

  • Hold a doctorate degree (PhD, DPhil, MD, DDS, DVM, etc.).

  • Currently hold a junior level Post-doctoral or Faculty position at an invited academic, government, or non-profit institution or equivalent.

  • Have made impactful research contributions and show exceptional promise for significant future achievement in the Award field.

In the event that an Early-Career Scientist nominee has taken a maternity, paternity, adoptive, family care, military, or extended sick leave (in line with their current institution’s policies) during the 10 years since gaining their doctoral degree or equivalent, they can qualify for an extension of the eligibility timeframe. Instructions regarding how to request an extension are provided at the end of the Guidelines section.


Senior Scientist

The nominee must:

  • Have been engaged in active research for a length of time of more than 10 years since gaining their doctorate degree or equivalent.

  • Hold a doctorate degree (PhD, DPhil, MD, DDS, DVM, etc.).

  • Currently hold a senior level Faculty position at an invited academic, government, or non-profit institution or equivalent.

  • Have made multiple, extensive, and impactful research contributions to advance the Award field.

Research Support from Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited, and its affiliates

Individuals in receipt of current or prior research support from Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited, or its affiliates, are not eligible for nomination. This conflict of interest (COI) encompasses direct Takeda support/engagement with the nomination candidate, as well as direct Takeda support/engagement of a specific project or research that the nomination candidate is involved in.

General support from Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited, or its affiliates, for a nominee’s institution/organization or laboratory (including donation or general funding) does not constitute a COI.

For a comprehensive listing of affiliates, please visit:

Government Employees

Government entities, employees, or officials may serve as eligible nominating bodies, nominators, or nominees. At the time of application, nominators must certify that the nominee has obtained the necessary required approval from his/her Agency supporting their eligibility to be nominated for the Innovators in Science Award. Government employees or officials will also be required to certify that their participation and acceptance as a nominee of this Award program does not violate his/her Agency rules and regulations.

There are no residency or citizenship requirements to be nominated for the Innovators in Science Award.

The New York Academy of Sciences welcomes nominees from underrepresented groups in science and medicine.


Evaluation Criteria

Nominees and their work as independent investigators will be evaluated according to the following criteria:


Early-Career Scientist

  • Quality: The extent to which the work is reliable, valid, credible, and scientifically rigorous.

  • Impact: The extent to which the work represents a significant contribution in basic, translational, or clinical research that has impacted, or has strong potential to impact, human health through the diagnosis, treatment, or prevention of disease.

  • Novelty: The extent to which the work challenges existing paradigms, employs innovative new methodologies or concepts, and/or pursues an original question.

  • Promise: The extent to which the nominee has made innovative research contributions and shows exceptional promise for significant future achievement in the Award field.

Senior Scientist

  • Quality: The extent to which the work is reliable, valid, credible, and scientifically rigorous.

  • Impact: The extent to which the work represents a significant contribution in basic, translational, or clinical research that has impacted, or has strong potential to impact, human health through the diagnosis, treatment, or prevention of disease.

  • Novelty: The extent to which the work challenges existing paradigms, employs new innovative methodologies or concepts, and/or pursues an original question.

  • Promise: The extent to which the nominee has made impactful research contributions and future prospects for further significant contributions in the Award field.

Nomination Process

Candidates for the 2019 Innovators in Science Award must be nominated by their institutions. Each institution may submit up to two (2) nominations each year, one (1) in each category of Early-Career Scientist and Senior Scientist.

Institutional nominations must be submitted online by the President (or equivalent), Provost, or the official designee of the nominee’s host institution. Institutions must send a brief statement to TakedaInnovators@nyas.org naming the official designees as nominators before submitting nominations. At that time, the Academy will provide login credentials for the online nominations portal, and nominators will be invited to create a nominator account on behalf of their institution.


Self-Nominations

Self-nominations are not permitted. Nominees do not submit their own nomination materials and should direct all questions to their institution’s official nominator.


Important Dates

  • April 16, 2018: Nominations open for 2019 Innovators in Science Award

  • June 25, 2018, 11:59PM EDT: Nominations close for 2019 Innovators in Science Award

  • July 23, 2018, 11:59PM EDT: Letters of Support due for 2019 Innovators in Science Award

  • November 2018: 2019 Innovators in Science Award Honorees selected

  • April 25-26, 2019: 2019 Innovators in Science Award Ceremony and Symposium in Tokyo and Kanagawa, Japan

Nomination Materials

All nominations must be submitted in the English language.

The following documents and information are required to submit a nomination:

  • Nominee’s name, date of birth, title, and contact information.

  • Nominator’s name, title, and contact information.

  • Nominator’s Rationale for Nomination: Statement explaining why the nominee has been selected by the institution (200-word maximum, text).

  • Nominee’s Curriculum Vitae (4-page maximum, PDF).

  • Nominee’s Research Summary (1,000-word maximum, PDF).

  • Nominee’s Future Research Plan (500-word maximum, PDF) [required of Early-Career Scientist nominees only].

  • Full-text publications and/or patents representing the nominee’s work (up to 4 publications, PDF).

  • Names and email addresses for two letter writers familiar with the nominee’s scientific contributions, who will provide Letters of Support.

Rationale for Nomination

The Rationale for Nomination is a 200-word statement that explains why the nominee has been selected as the institutional nominee based on his/her strong record of significant independent scientific contributions, career success, and promise of sustained or accelerated progress in the future.

The Rationale should address the nominee’s research according to the Quality, Impact, Novelty, and Promise evaluation criteria described above.


Curriculum Vitae

Download Example

Label file: LastName_FirstName-CV.pdf

  • Four (4) pages maximum.

  • Full name, current institution(s), and position title.

  • Education and training – List institutions, degrees, years, and fields of study; include postdoctoral training or residency, if applicable.

  • Employment history.

  • Honors and awards – List honors and awards with years when they were received.

  • Select peer-reviewed publications – List only published work or manuscripts in press authored during independent career; do not include manuscripts that are submitted or in preparation. Conference abstracts and proceedings should only be included if they are the primary way of disseminating new results in the nominee’s field. Please use the MEDLINE/PubMed citation format.

  • Select patents – List patents and patent applications, if applicable, with years.

  • Research grants – List funding for the main ongoing and completed projects on which the nominee is a Principal Investigator (PI) or a co-PI.

Research Summary

Label file: LastName_FirstName-Summary.pdf

A 1,000-word maximum summary of up to five (5) of the nominee’s most significant scientific contributions and research accomplishments. Key results, their impact on the nominee’s field of study, and the nominee’s specific role in the described work should be included. Information about the nominee’s positions, awards, and service activities should be excluded. One figure illustrating the most significant results is allowed. Citations and figure caption do not count toward the word limit.


Future Research Plan (Required for Early-Career Scientist Nominees, only)

Label file: LastName_FirstName-Future.pdf

A brief summary of the nominee’s future research plans (500-words maximum).


Key Publications and Patents

Label files: LastName_FirstName-Pub1.pdf, etc.

Full-text published papers or filed patents representing the nominee’s best work (four publications maximum). Each publication file should not be larger than 10MB.


Letters of Support

Letters of support should:

  • Be a maximum of two (2) pages, single-spaced, and uploaded as PDF files.

  • Describe the nominee’s most significant research contributions according to the Quality, Impact, Novelty, and Promise criteria, and explain their importance for the nominee’s research area

  • Assess the nominee’s accomplishments in comparison with those of his or her peers at the same career stage.

  • Focus on the nominee’s scientific accomplishments during his/her independent career.

Submitting Nominations Online

Nominations must be submitted using the online nomination system between Monday, April 16, 2018 and Monday, June 25, 2018, 11:59PM EDT.

The 2019 Innovators in Science Award therapeutic area of focus is Regenerative Medicine. At the time of nomination, nominators will be required to select, from the list below, one (1) primary sub-discipline (from the list of 22) within the field of Regenerative Medicine that best represents the focus area of a nominee’s research.

• Adipose, Musculoskeletal, and Connective Tissue
• Cancers
• Cardiac Tissue
• Chromatin and Epigenetics
• Clinical Trials and Regenerative Medicine Interventions
• Endothelial Cells and Hemangioblasts
• Epithelial Tissues
• Eye and Retina
• Germline, Early Embryo and Totipotency
• Hematopoiesis and Immunology
• Neural Development and Regeneration
• Neural Disease and Degeneration
• Organoids
• Pancreas, Liver, Kidney, Gut
• Pluripotency
• Pluripotent Stem Cell Differentiation
• Pluripotent Stem Cell: Disease Modeling
• Reprogramming
• Stem Cell Niches
• Technologies for Stem Cell Research
• Tissue Engineering
• Other


Requesting An Eligibility Exception

Any request to extend a nominee’s period of eligibility must:

  • Be made in writing by the nominating institution and approved by the New York Academy of Sciences in advance of the submission of the nomination.

  • Requests for the 2019 Award cycle must be submitted on institutional letterhead via email by the institution’s designee by 11:59PM EDT on Monday, June 18, 2018 (one week in advance of the nomination deadline).

  • Outline the standard policy of the nominating institution with regard to the relevant exception period (e.g., maternity, paternity, adoptive, family care, military, or extended sick leave).

  • Indicate the total period of time resulting from cumulative maternity, paternity, adoptive, family care, military, or extended sick leave during the period of time since the nominee gained their doctoral degree or equivalent.

The maximum total period that a nominee’s eligibility may be extended due to a formal period (or periods) of leave is two (2) years. If an eligibility exception request is approved, a letter of approval from the New York Academy of Sciences will be provided via email to the nominating institution in advance of the nomination deadline, and will be required to be uploaded with the other Nomination Materials at the time of nomination.

Innovators in Science Award Winner Responsibilities

2019 Award Winners are expected to:

  • Attend the Innovators in Science Award Ceremony in Tokyo, Japan on April 25, 2019*

  • Deliver a research lecture at the Innovators in Science Award Symposium in Kanagawa, Japan on April 26, 2019*

  • Submit an article in a format of the Award Winner’s choosing (e.g. review, perspective, commentary, or original research) to the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences

  • Participate in Innovators in Science Award related media activities and inquiries (e.g. video interviews, magazine profile interviews, eBriefings, etc.)

The New York Academy of Sciences asks that nominees consider potential scheduling conflicts should they be selected as the Award Winner in advance of submitting their nomination materials. 2019 Award Winners are expected to attend both Award Events in Japan on April 25 & 26, 2019. Award related media and publication activities are scheduled to begin prior to the Award Events when Award Winners are notified of their status.

*Costs of round–trip travel to Japan for the April 25-26 events will be covered through the Innovators in Science Award Program.


Additional Information

For general questions about the rules and eligibility requirements, please consult the Frequently Asked Questions.

For all other inquiries, please contact us.

Nominations are invited from the academic institutions listed below. We also welcome nominations from government or non-profit institutions or equivalent around the world. If your institution is not listed here and would like to nominate, we welcome submission of a brief statement of interest to TakedaInnovators@nyas.org.

Invited academic institutions are drawn from the 2017/18 QS World University Rankings®, rankings 1-400. Based on six performance indicators, the ranking assesses university performance across four areas: research, teaching, employability, and internationalization. Invited institutions are listed in alphabetical order by region (Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, North America, and Oceania), as reported by the 2017/18 QS World University Rankings®.

For universities or research institutions that are distinct legal entities from the university/institution or medical center/school, both entities are each welcome to nominate up to two (2) candidates for consideration: one (1) Early-Career Scientist and one (1) Senior Scientist.

Academic institutions and other organizations marked with an asterisk (*) in the list provided below represent additional entities that have been approved to submit nominations following the provision of a statement of interest as described above.

Stellenbosch University, South Africa
The American University in Cairo, Egypt
University of Cape Town, South Africa
University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

*Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), Singapore
Al-Farabi Kazakh National University, Kazakhstan
American University of Beirut (AUB), Lebanon
Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB), Indonesia
Beijing Normal University, China
Ben Gurion University of The Negev, Israel
*Chitkara University, India
Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Ewha Womans University, South Korea
Fudan University, China
Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology (GIST), South Korea
Hanyang University, South Korea
Harbin Institute of Technology, China
Hiroshima University, Japan
Hokkaido University, Japan
Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU), Hong Kong
Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (HUFS), South Korea
Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore, India
Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB), India
Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IITD), India
Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IITK), India
Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IIT-KGP), India
Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM), India
KAIST - Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology, South Korea
Keio University, Japan
King Abdulaziz University (KAU), Saudi Arabia
King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals (KFUPM), Saudi Arabia
King Saud University (KSU), Saudi Arabia
Kobe University, Japan
Korea University, South Korea
Kyoto University, Japan
Kyung Hee University, South Korea
Kyushu University, Japan
L.N. Gumilyov Eurasian National University (ENU), Kazakhstan
Mahidol University, Thailand
Nagoya University, Japan
Nanjing University, China
Nankai University, China
Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore
*National Center of Neurology and Psychiatry, Japan
National Central University, Taiwan
National Cheng Kung University (NCKU), Taiwan
National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan
National Sun Yat-sen University, Taiwan
National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan
National Taiwan University (NTU), Taiwan
National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (Taiwan Tech), Taiwan
National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan
National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore
National Yang Ming University, Taiwan
Osaka University, Japan
Peking University, China
Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH), South Korea
Qatar University, Qatar
Seoul National University (SNU), South Korea
Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
Sun Yat-sen University, China
Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU), South Korea
Taipei Medical University, Taiwan
Technion - Israel Institute of Technology , Israel
Tel Aviv University, Israel
The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), Hong Kong
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), Hong Kong
The University of Hong Kong (HKU), Hong Kong
The University of Tokyo, Japan
Tohoku University, Japan
Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
Tokyo Medical and Dental University (TMDU), Japan
Tongji University, China
Tsinghua University, China
United Arab Emirates University, United Arab Emirates
Universitas Indonesia, Indonesia
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), Malaysia
Universiti Malaya (UM), Malaysia
Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), Malaysia
Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), Malaysia
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), Malaysia
University of Brunei Darussalam, Brunei
University of Science and Technology of China, China
University of the Philippines, Philippines
University of Tsukuba, Japan
Waseda University, Japan
Wuhan University, China
Xi’an Jiaotong University, China
Yonsei University, South Korea
Zhejiang University, China

Aalborg University, Denmark
Aalto University, Finland
Aarhus University, Denmark
Albert-Ludwigs-Universitaet Freiburg (Universität Freiburg), Germany
Alma Mater Studiorum - University of Bologna, Italy
Aston University, United Kingdom
Bauman Moscow State Technical University, Russia
Belarusian State University, Belarus
Birkbeck, University of London, United Kingdom
Brunel University London, United Kingdom
Cardiff University, United Kingdom
CentraleSupélec, France
Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic
City, University of London, United Kingdom
Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
Dublin City University (DCU), Ireland
Durham University, United Kingdom
Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, Germany
École des Ponts ParisTech, France
École Normale Supérieure de Cachan, France
École Normale Supérieure de Lyon, France
École Normale Supérieure, Paris, France
École Polytechnique, France
École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland
Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands
Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands
ETH Zurich - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Switzerland
Freie Universitaet Berlin, Germany
Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany
Georg-August-University Goettingen, Germany
Ghent University, Belgium
Goldsmiths, University of London, United Kingdom
Heriot-Watt University, United Kingdom
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany
Imperial College London, United Kingdom
*Institute of Molecular Biotechnology (IMBA), Austria
Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KU Leuven), Belgium
King's College London (KCL), United Kingdom
KIT, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
KTH, Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
Lancaster University, United Kingdom
Leiden University, Netherlands
Linköping University, Sweden
Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia
London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), United Kingdom
Loughborough University, United Kingdom
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Germany
Lund University, Sweden
Maastricht University, Netherlands
Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT / Moscow Phystech), Russia
Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO University), Russia
*MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology (LMB), United Kingdom
National Research Nuclear University (MEPhI/Moscow Engineering Physics Institute), Russia
National Research University-Higher School of Economics (HSE), Russia
National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG), Ireland
Newcastle University, United Kingdom
Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
Novosibirsk State University, Russia
Oxford Brookes University, United Kingdom
Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Politecnico di Torino, Italy
Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), United Kingdom
Queen's University Belfast, United Kingdom
Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands
Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, Germany
Royal Holloway University of London, United Kingdom
Ruprecht-Karls-Universitaet Heidelberg, Germany
RWTH Aachen University, Germany
Saint-Petersburg State University, Russia
Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
Sciences Po (Paris Institute of Political Studies), France
Scuola Normale Superiore, Italy
Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna Pisa, Italy
SOAS University of London, United Kingdom
Stockholm University, Sweden
Tampere University of Technology, Finland
Technical University of Denmark, Denmark
Technische Universität Berlin (TU Berlin), Germany
Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany
Technische Universität Dresden, Germany
Technische Universität München, Germany
Technische Universität Wien (TU Wien), Austria
The University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom
The University of Exeter, United Kingdom
The University of Manchester, United Kingdom
The University of Nottingham, United Kingdom
The University of Sheffield, United Kingdom
The University of Warwick, United Kingdom
Tilburg University, Netherlands
Tomsk Polytechnic University, Russia
Tomsk State University, Russia
Trinity College Dublin, The University of Dublin, Ireland
UCL (University College London) United Kingdom
Umeå University, Sweden
Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain
Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M), Spain
Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM)
Universidad de Navarra, Spain
Universidad Politecnica de Valencia, Spain
Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal
Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy
*Università degli Studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia, Italy
Università degli Studi di Padova, Italy
*Università degli Studi di Perugia, Italy
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain
Universitat de Barcelona (UB), Spain
Universität Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Universität Hamburg, Germany
Universität Innsbruck, Austria
Universität Jena , Germany
Universität Köln (University of Cologne), Germany
Universität Konstanz, Germany
Universität Mannheim, Germany
Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain
Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain
Universität Stuttgart, Germany
Universität Ulm, Germany
Universität Wien, Austria
Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL), Belgium
Université de Liège, Belgium
Université de Montpellier, France
Université de Strasbourg, France
Université Grenoble-Alpes, France
Universite libre de Bruxelles, Belgium
Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, France
Université Paris Dauphine, France
Université Paris Diderot - Paris 7, France
Université Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV), France
Université Paris-Sud 11, France
Université Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC), France
University College Cork, Ireland
University College Dublin, Ireland
University of Aberdeen, United Kingdom
University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
University of Antwerp, Belgium
University of Basel, Switzerland
University of Bath, United Kingdom
University of Bergen, Norway
University of Bern, Switzerland
University of Birmingham, United Kingdom
University of Bristol, United Kingdom
University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
University of Copenhagen, Denmark
University of Dundee, United Kingdom
University of East Anglia (UEA), United Kingdom
University of Essex, United Kingdom
University of Geneva, Switzerland
University of Glasgow, United Kingdom
University of Gothenburg, Sweden
University of Groningen, Netherlands
University of Helsinki, Finland
University of Jyväskylä, Finland
University of Kent, United Kingdom
University of Lausanne, Switzerland
University of Leeds, United Kingdom
University of Leicester, United Kingdom
University of Lisbon, Portugal
University of Liverpool, United Kingdom
University of Oslo, Norway
University of Oxford, United Kingdom
University of Porto, Portugal
University of Reading, United Kingdom
University of Southampton, United Kingdom
University of Southern Denmark, Denmark
University of St Andrews, United Kingdom
University of St.Gallen (HSG), Switzerland
University of Strathclyde, United Kingdom
University of Surrey, United Kingdom
University of Sussex, United Kingdom
University of Tartu, Estonia
University of Tromsø-The Arctic University of Norway, Norway
University of Turku, Finland
University of Twente, Netherlands
University of York, United Kingdom
University of Zurich, Switzerland
Uppsala University, Sweden
Utrecht University, Netherlands
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands
Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Belgium
Wageningen University, Netherlands
Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Germany

Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Mexico
Pontificia Universidad Católica Argentina Santa María de los Buenos Aires (UCA), Argentina
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (UC), Chile
Universidad Austral, Argentina
Universidad de Belgrano, Argentina
Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA), Argentina
Universidad de Chile, Chile
Universidad de los Andes, Colombia
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), Mexico
Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Colombia
Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil
Universidade Estadual de Campinas (Unicamp), Brazil
Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Arizona State University, United States
*Baylor College of Medicine, United States
Boston College, United States
Boston University, United States
Brown University, United States
California Institute of Technology (Caltech), United States
Carnegie Mellon University, United States
Case Western Reserve University, United States
Columbia University, United States
Cornell University, United States
Dalhousie University, Canada
Dartmouth College, United States
Duke University, United States
Emory University, United States
George Washington University, United States
Georgetown University, United States
Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), United States
Harvard University, United States
*Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, United States
Illinois Institute of Technology, United States
Indiana University Bloomington, United States
*Janelia Research Campus, United States
Johns Hopkins University, United States
Laval University, Canada
*Lieber Institute for Brain Development, United States
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), United States
McGill University, Canada
McMaster University, Canada
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Innovators in Science Award

Senior Scientist Winner
Shigetada Nakanishi, MD, PhD
Director
Suntory Foundation for Life Sciences
Bioorganic Research Institute

Senior Scientist Winner
Shigetada Nakanishi, MD, PhD


Innovators in Science Award

Early-Career Scientist Winner
Viviana Gradinaru, PhD
Assistant Professor of Biology and Biological Engineering
California Institute of Technology

Early-Career Scientist Winner
Viviana Gradinaru, PhD


Innovators in Science Award

Senior Scientist Finalist
Ben Barres, MD, PhD
Professor of Neurobiology
Stanford University School of Medicine

Innovators in Science Award

Senior Scientist Finalist
David Julius, PhD
Professor and Chair of Physiology
UC San Francisco

Innovators in Science Award

Early-Career Scientist Finalist
Michael Halassa, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Neuroscience
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Nominated whilst at New York University)

Innovators in Science Award

Early-Career Scientist Finalist
Kay Tye, PhD
Whitehead Career Development
Assistant Professor of Neuroscience
Massachusetts Institute of Technology


On November 28, 2017, the honorees of the inaugural Innovators in Science Award were celebrated at a ceremony held at the New York Academy of Sciences. Accompanied by traditional Japanese music and set against the New York City skyline, Takeda Pharmaceutical Company in partnership with the New York Academy of Sciences welcomed an international cohort of scientists and leaders, from industry and academia, to recognize the honorees’ achievements in neuroscience. The evening began with opening remarks by Christophe Weber, President and CEO of Takeda, and Ellis Rubinstein, President and CEO of the Academy. Takeda scientific leaders Andy Plump and Emiliangelo Ratti highlighted the awardees’ research during medal presentations to the Early-Career Scientist honorees: Viviana Gradinaru, PhD; Michael Halassa, MD, PhD; and Kay Tye, PhD, and the Senior Scientist honorees: Shigetada Nakanishi, MD, PhD; Ben Barres, MD, PhD; and David Julius, PhD. Speeches by the Early-Career Scientist Winner, Dr. Gradinaru, on her development of novel tools for neuroscience and the importance of mentorship, and the Senior Scientist Winner, Dr. Nakanishi, on the historical context of his career and his legacy of having developed novel cloning strategies for membrane embedded transmitter receptors, rounded out a memorable evening.

Congratulations to the Inaugural Honorees!


On November 28th, 2017, the inaugural Innovators in Science Award Ceremony was held at the New York Academy of Sciences.

+ What is the Innovators in Science Award?

On November 10, 2016, the New York Academy of Sciences and Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited announced the establishment of the Innovators in Science Award. The Award recognizes a promising Early-Career Scientist's and an outstanding Senior Scientist's contributions to science in the therapeutic areas of Neuroscience, Gastroenterology, Regenerative Medicine, and Oncology, and is intended to support their commitment to innovative research. Two prizes of US$200,000 are awarded each Award cycle, in a specific therapeutic area, one to an Early-Career Scientist and the other to a well-established Senior Scientist from around the world. The winning scientists have distinguished themselves for the creativity and impact of their research.

+ What is the 2019 therapeutic area of focus?

The 2019 Innovators in Science Award therapeutic area of focus is Regenerative Medicine. At the time of nomination, nominators will be required to select, from the list here, one (1) primary sub-discipline (from the list of 22) within the field of Regenerative Medicine that best represents the focus area of a nominee's research.

The therapeutic area of focus for subsequent Award cycles will be announced in January of each year.

+ Who receives the Award money?

Two (2) Winners of the Innovators in Science Award, one (1) Early-Career Scientist and one (1) Senior Scientist, will each receive US$200,000 each Award cycle that is intended to support their commitment to innovative research. The Award money is given directly to each awardee. Indirect costs are not applied to the Award.

+ What are the evaluation criteria for the Innovators in Science Award?

Nominees and their work as independent investigators will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

Early-Career Scientist

  • Quality: The extent to which the work is reliable, valid, credible, and scientifically rigorous.

  • Impact: The extent to which the work represents a significant contribution in basic, translational, or clinical research that has impacted, or has strong potential to impact, human health through the diagnosis, treatment, or prevention of disease.

  • Novelty: The extent to which the work challenges existing paradigms, employs innovative new methodologies or concepts, and/or pursues an original question.

  • Promise: The extent to which the nominee has made innovative research contributions and shows exceptional promise for significant future achievement in the Award field.


Senior Scientist

  • Quality: The extent to which the work is reliable, valid, credible, and scientifically rigorous.

  • Impact: The extent to which the work represents a significant contribution in basic, translational, or clinical research that has impacted, or has strong potential to impact, human health through the diagnosis, treatment, or prevention of disease.

  • Novelty: The extent to which the work challenges existing paradigms, employs new innovative methodologies or concepts, and/or pursues an original question.

  • Promise: The extent to which the nominee has made impactful research contributions and future prospects for further significant contributions in the Award field.

+ Which institutions may submit nominations for the Innovators in Science Award?

Approximately 400 international academic institutions are invited to submit nominations. In addition, we also welcome nominations from government or non-profit institutions or equivalent around the world.

For universities or research institutions that are distinct legal entities from the university/institution or medical center/school, both entities are each welcome to nominate up to two (2) candidates for consideration: one (1) Early-Career Scientist and one (1) Senior Scientist.

+ What if my institution is not on the invited institutions list?

If your institution is not listed and would like to nominate, we welcome submission of a brief statement of interest to TakedaInnovators@nyas.org.

+ How many nominations may an institution submit each Award cycle?

Each institution may submit up to two (2) nominations per Award cycle, one (1) for an Early-Career Scientist and one (1) for a Senior Scientist in the single therapeutic area of focus for that Award cycle.

+ Who is eligible for the 2019 Innovators in Science Award?

Prospective nominees must be conducting research at one of the invited institutions, or a government or non-profit institution, or equivalent. The following additional eligibility criteria apply:

Early-Career Scientist

The nominee must:

  • Have been engaged in active research for a length of time of 10 years or less since gaining their doctorate degree or equivalent.

  • Hold a doctorate degree (PhD, DPhil, MD, DDS, DVM, etc.).

  • Currently hold a junior level Post-doctoral or Faculty position at an invited academic, government, or non-profit institution or equivalent.

  • Have made impactful research contributions and show exceptional promise for significant future achievement in the Award field.


In the event that an Early-Career Scientist nominee has taken a maternity, paternity, adoptive, family care, military, or extended sick leave (in line with their current institution's policies) during the 10 years since gaining their doctoral degree or equivalent, they can qualify for an extension of the eligibility timeframe. Instructions regarding how to request an extension are provided at the end of the Guidelines section.

Senior Scientist

The nominee must:

  • Have been engaged in active research for a length of time of more than 10 years since gaining their doctorate degree or equivalent.

  • Hold a doctorate degree (PhD, DPhil, MD, DDS, DVM, etc.).

  • Currently hold a senior level Faculty position at an invited academic, government, or non-profit institution or equivalent.

  • Have made multiple, extensive, and impactful research contributions to advance the Award field.


Research Support from Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited, and its affiliates

Individuals in receipt of current or prior research support from Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited, or its affiliates, are not eligible for nomination. This conflict of interest (COI) encompasses direct Takeda support/engagement with the nomination candidate, as well as direct Takeda support/engagement of a specific project or research that the nomination candidate is involved in.

General support from Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited, or its affiliates, for a nominee’s institution/organization or laboratory (including donation or general funding) does not constitute a COI.

For a comprehensive listing of affiliates, please visit:

Government Employees

Government entities, employees, or officials may serve as eligible nominating bodies, nominators, or nominees. At the time of application, nominators must certify that the nominee has obtained the necessary required approval from his/her Agency supporting their eligibility to be nominated for the Innovators in Science Award. Government employees or officials will also be required to certify that their participation and acceptance as a nominee of this Award program does not violate his/her Agency rules and regulations.

There are no residency or citizenship requirements to be nominated for the Innovators in Science Award.

The New York Academy of Sciences welcomes nominees from underrepresented groups in science and medicine.

+ What is the nomination procedure for the Innovators in Science Award?

Institutional nominations must be submitted online by the President (or equivalent), Provost, or the official designee of the nominee's host institution. Institutions must send a brief statement to TakedaInnovators@nyas.org naming the official designees as nominators before submitting nominations. At that time, the Academy will provide login credentials for the online nominations portal, and nominators will be invited to create a nominator account on behalf of their institution.

The nominators fill out the nomination form, upload all required materials, and provide the names of two Letter of Support writers. The Letter of Support writers then receive emails with instructions on uploading their letters. For more details, please refer to the nomination Guidelines.

+ Where can the nominations for the Innovators in Science Award be submitted?

The online nomination system may be accessed on the Award Overview page during the nomination period.

+ What are the important deadlines for the 2019 Innovators in Science Award?

Monday, April 16, 2018: Nominations open

Monday, June 25, 2018, 11:59PM EDT: Nominations close

Monday, July 23, 2018, 11:59PM EDT: Letters of Support due

+ What materials are required to submit a nomination for the Innovators in Science Award?

The following documents and information are required to submit a nomination:

  • Nominee's name, date of birth, title, and contact information.

  • Nominator's name, title, and contact information.

  • Nominator's Rationale for Nomination: Statement explaining why the nominee has been selected by the institution (200-word maximum, text).

  • Nominee's Curriculum Vitae (4-page maximum, PDF).

  • Nominee's Research Summary (1,000-word maximum, PDF).

  • Nominee's Future Research Plan (500-word maximum, PDF) [required of Early-Career Scientist nominees only].

  • Full-text publications and/or patents representing the nominee's work (up to 4 publications, PDF).

  • Names and email addresses for two letter writers familiar with the nominee's scientific contributions, who will provide Letters of Support.

  • If an eligibility exception request has been pre-approved by the New York Academy of Sciences, the letter of approval provided to the nominator will be required to be uploaded with the other Nomination Materials at the time of nomination.


All nominations must be submitted in the English language.

+ Is the nomination complete after the nomination form is submitted?

Once the nominator submits the nomination form, two Letters of Support are still necessary to complete the nomination. Letter writers will receive automatic emails with instructions on uploading their letters. The nomination is complete once both letters have been uploaded. The Letters of Support must be uploaded by July 23, 2018, 11:59PM EDT. Nominators may view the status of the letters of support by logging into their account within the nomination portal.

+ Who should write a nominee's Letters of Support?

Letter of Support writers should be people who currently have or have had a close professional relationship with the nominee and are knowledgeable about the nominee's contribution to their field of research, focusing on the nominee's independent research career.

+ What information should be included in a Letter of Support?

Letters of Support should:

  • Be a maximum of two (2) pages, single-spaced, and uploaded as PDF files.

  • Describe the nominee's most significant research contributions according to the Quality, Impact, Novelty, and Promise criteria, and explain their importance for the nominee's research area.

  • Assess the nominee's accomplishments in comparison with those of his or her peers at the same career stage.

  • Focus on the nominee's scientific accomplishments during his/her independent career.

+ How are Letters of Support submitted?

The nominator enters the names and email addresses into the nomination form, which triggers automatic emails to be sent to the letter writers with instructions on how to upload their letters. For the 2019 Award, letter writers are responsible for submitting letters online before July 23, 2018, 11:59PM EDT.

+ How will a nominee know if Letters of Support have been received?

Once both Letters of Support have been submitted, the nominator and nominee will receive automated notifications via email. Letters of Support are confidential: neither the nominator nor the nominee will be able to view the contents of the letters. Nominators may view the status of the Letters of Support by logging into their account.

+ Will any evaluation information or feedback be made available to the nominee or their institution?

No. All evaluations are kept confidential and no feedback will be provided.

+ When will Innovators in Science Award Winners and their institutions be notified?

For the 2019 Award, the Winners and their respective institutions will be notified during January 2019.

+ Are Award Winners expected to attend events or participate in other activities related to the Innovators in Science Award?

2019 Award Winners are expected to:

  • Attend the Innovators in Science Award Ceremony in Tokyo, Japan on April 25, 2019*
  • Deliver a research lecture at the Innovators in Science Award Symposium in Shonan, Japan on April 26, 2019*
  • Submit an article in a format of the Award Winner’s choosing (e.g. review, perspective, commentary, or original research) to the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
  • Participate in Innovators in Science Award related media activities and inquiries (e.g. video interviews, magazine profile interviews, eBriefings, etc.)

*Costs of round–trip travel to Japan for the April 25-26 events will be covered through the Innovators in Science Award Program.

+ Who may I contact for more information?

Please contact the Innovators in Science Award staff at TakedaInnovators@nyas.org or +1.212.298.8696 during regular business hours: Monday – Friday between 9:00AM and 5:00PM ET.