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Call for Entries: 2024 Einstein Foundation Award for Promoting Quality in Research

Note: PLOS is pleased to once again partner with the Einstein Foundation for this awards program. Watch this space in the coming weeks for profiles of last year’s finalists prior to the award ceremony in March. Below is the Einstein Foundation’s announcement calling for entries.

The annual €500,000 Einstein Foundation Award for Promoting Quality in Research in cooperation with the BIH Quest Center for Responsible Research is inviting applications and nominations again.

The international award is open to any researcher, or group of researchers, institution, organization, and early career researcher around the globe whose work helps to fundamentally advance the quality, transparency, and reproducibility of science and research.

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The deadline for entries is April 30, 2024 (10:00 pm UTC). The awardees will be announced by the end of 2024.

The award recognizes successful candidates in the following three categories:

Individual Award (€200,000): Individuals or small teams who have outstandingly contributed to fostering research quality can be nominated. Nominators are strongly encouraged to consider a diverse set of criteria, including gender, race/ethnicity, geography, and career stage.

Institutional Award (€200,000): Governmental and non-governmental organizations, institutions, or other entities that have notably enhanced research quality can apply or be nominated. Successful governmental organizations or institutions will not receive any funds in addition to the award itself.

Early Career Award (€100,000): Individuals or teams can submit a project proposal that seeks to foster research quality and value. Eligible candidates must hold a doctorate or have equivalent research experience and should have been an independent researcher for no longer than five years. In the case of a team entry, the majority must be Early Career Researchers.

In 2023, Yves Moreau was awarded with €200,000 for his forceful advocacy for ethical standards in AI and big data use. The Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences won the €200,000 institutional award for transforming global research culture through educating open and transparent research practices globally. The €100,000 Early Career Award will enable Anne Gärtner’s “Responsible Research Assessment” initiative to tackle a key issue in the ongoing credibility crisis in science: the need to shift the focus of funding, hiring, and promotion criteria from quantity to quality.

Learn more about all past winners and finalists here.


An international, interdisciplinary, and diverse panel of researchers and research quality activists will evaluate submissions and select awardees. Meet the jury here.

For questions, please contact Einstein Foundation Award Coordinator Dr. Ulrike Pannasch:

The Einstein Foundation Berlin promotes international cutting-edge science and research across disciplines and institutions in and for Berlin to establish the city as a centre of scientific excellence.

The QUEST Center develops and implements new approaches to support that biomedical research is conducted in a trustworthy manner, provides useful results, and meets ethical standards.

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