Biocuration Awards

Each year, the ISB will give two Excellence in Biocuration Career Awards to people who have made sustained contributions to the field of biocuration. Also an award is given for Exceptional Contributions to Biocuration biennial.

These awards will be decided following a vote by ISB members. Details of how to vote for the nominees will be available after 16th July 2022.

Excellence in Biocuration Early Career Award

The Early Career Award recognizes biocurators who have been involved in a biocuration-relevant field for less than 7 years. The nominees will be in a non-leadership position and will have made sustained contributions to the field of biocuration. The recipient will be required to present a talk at one of the virtual Biocuration Conferences and will be sent a prize of 500 CHF. The nominations will be reviewed by the ISB Award Committee, and then all ISB members will be asked to vote on the nominee who they consider to have demonstrated an outstanding contribution to biocuration.

Excellence in Biocuration Advanced Career Award

The Advanced Career Award recognizes biocurators who have been involved in a biocuration-relevant field for 7-15 years. The nominees will be in a non-leadership position and will have made sustained contributions to the field of biocuration. The recipient will be required to present a talk at one of the virtual Biocuration Conferences and will be sent a prize of 500 CHF. The nominations will be reviewed by the ISB Award Committee, and then all ISB members will be asked to vote on the nominee who they consider to have demonstrated an outstanding contribution to biocuration.

Requirements for nomination

  • Description of the candidate’s contributions (250 word maximum). This description can include any of the following information
    • Contributions to specific datasets/database/ontologies/code etc.
    • Outreach, education, voluntary work that promotes the role of biocurators
    • Mentoring
    • Any contributions to biocuration training or biocuration courses/jamborees/workshops
    • Contribution to new biocuration approaches/processes/systems/procedures/quality assurance
  • List of nominees key publications (Maximum of 5, including research articles, book chapters, monographs, letters, curation SOPs)

 Who can nominate and/or be nominated?

  • Any currently active ISB member may nominate anyone in the field of biocuration, whether the potential nominee is a member of ISB or not.
  • Members of the ISB can make no more than 1 nomination per award.
  • Those who hold Principal Investigator or Group Leader positions are not eligible for the Excellence in Biocuration Career Awards.
  • Current members of the Executive Committee or the ISB Award Committee are not eligible for the awards.
  • Self-nominations are encouraged.

Exceptional Contributions to Biocuration – Lifetime Achievement Award

This award, given biennial (next award will be in 2023), recognizes a person who has made exceptional contributions to the field of biocuration. The recipient is required to present a 30 minute keynote talk at an International Biocuration Conference, with expenses paid by the ISB.

Current members of the Executive Committee are not be eligible for this award.


For a list of past award winners, click below:

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