OIS Award - Application

Who can participate?

All individual scientists or groups of scientists in the field of neuroscience located in Berlin as well as local neuroscientific institutions. Early career researchers such as PhD students and their supervisors are particularly encouraged to apply!

The OIS Award is an integrative element of the ECN’s PhD program. ECN PhD students submit to the OIS Award as part of their PhD training.

Which projects are eligible for the OIS Award?

The OIS Award aims at supporting the development and implementation of OIS project ideas. An OIS project idea eligible for submission to the OIS Award needs to

  • convincingly outline how OIS concepts, methods and tools are planned to be incorporated in a neuroscientific research and innovation context - whether this involves inbound OIS approaches such as citizen or crowd science, patient-driven innovation, transdisciplinary co-creation of research projects or open distribution and dissemination of research data and/or results, converting scientific discovery into behavioral advice, app development or other innovative solutions using outbound OIS approaches such as technological competence leveraging or hackathons, and
  • how this contributes to increasing novelty, efficiency and/or impact of the particular neuroscientific research in which this OIS project is embedded.

Applying for and participating in the process contains several steps:

Step 1 | Submission of a short OIS project idea description (6 pages)

Please submit a short description of your envisioned OIS project until June 25, 2021 to info@ecn-berlin.de, using this template.

The main questions you need to address in your OIS project idea description are:

  • OIS project context: In which new or ongoing neuroscientific research project/program is this OIS project idea embedded?
  • OIS project goal: What ”challenge/s” in the process of generating and/or disseminating this neuroscientific research do you take as the point of departure for your OIS project idea?
    • Early stages (developing novel and relevant research questions and hypotheses, acquiring funding, developing research designs/methods/materials), and/or
    • Middle stages (collecting data, processing/coding of data, analysis/writing), and/or
    • Late stages (evaluation, diffusion, translation into innovation)
  • OIS project approach: With whom (or from whom) externally (outside your academic field and/or outside academia), how and under which terms will you collaborate, exchange knowledge or source knowledge from to achieve your project goal?
  • OIS project value: How does this project idea contribute to better (increased novelty, efficiency, and/or impact) generating and/or disseminating this neuroscientific research (vs. doing it in the traditional way)?
Step 2 | First review, feedback and selection of most promising OIS project ideas

All OIS project ideas submitted during the first step will be reviewed by a panel of OIS experts and receive feedback by August 27, 2021. The most promising submissions (shortlist) will be invited to incorporate the feedback, prepare a presentation and pitch their OIS project ideas at the OIS Award Event on October 14, 2021.

The panel of OIS experts will consist amongst others:

Step 3 | OIS Award Event and OIS Project Development Workshops

The teams behind the shortlisted OIS project ideas will receive the opportunity to present their ideas at a public pitching event in front of a panel of experts on October 14, 2021 at 17:00 CET. 

These experts will also nominate the winner(s) of the OIS Award of the Einstein Center for Neurosciences Berlin who will receive financial support to further materialize their ideas.

The teams behind all shortlisted projects will be invited to participate in an OIS project development workshop on October 15, 2021 (9:00-18:00 CET).

The winning project team/s will additionally receive support in the form of special coaching modules

  • on October 16, 2021 (9:00 -14:00 CET)
  • in the period between October 2021 and January 2022 (fully-day workshop, tbs)

with the aim of developing their OIS project ideas into detailed OIS project proposals and starting their implementation.

These detailed OIS project proposals have to be handed in by February 18, 2022 to info@ecn-berlin.de. Further information can be requested via this email address, too.