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 own Einstein Training 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 an OIS approach is planned to be incorporated in one or more stages (see illustration below) of a particular neuroscientific research project. This involves
    • inbound OIS approaches such as citizen or crowd science, co-creation and/or co-execution of research projects with patients, health care professionals, companies and other relevant stakeholder groups, or reusing (open) data, materials or infrastructures
    • outbound OIS approaches such as technological competence leveraging, crowdsourcing, hackathons or collaborations with companies for diffusing and translating scientific discovery into novel treatments, behavioral advice, app development or other innovative solutions.
  • demonstrate how this approach contributes to increasing novelty, efficiency and/or impact of the neuroscientific research in which this OIS project idea is embedded.
OIS stages

How can you participate in the OIS Award?

Applying for and participating in the process contains several steps as outlined below:

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

Please submit a short description of your envisioned OIS project until July 29, 2022 to ecn-office@charite.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 ”research challenge/s” in the process of generating and/or translating this neuroscientific research (e.g., finding a novel and relevant research question/hypothesis; data access/data quality/data quantity; access to funding, infrastructure or other resources; efficiency/speed/accuracy in collecting/analyzing/processing data; avoiding biases in interpreting your findings; overcoming the translational gap, etc.) do you want to address with your OIS project idea?
  • OIS project approach: With whom externally (outside your academic field and/or outside academia), how and under which terms will you collaborate or exchange knowledge and other resources (OIS processes, methods and tools) to achieve your project goal?
  • OIS project value: How does this OIS project idea contribute to better (increased novelty, efficiency, and/or impact) generating and/or translating 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 September 12, 2022. 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, 2022.

The preliminary panel of OIS experts consists of:

Step 3 | OIS Award Event and OIS Project Development Workshops

The researchers/research teams behind the shortlisted OIS project ideas will receive the opportunity to present their ideas at a public pitching event in front of the OIS expert panel on October 14, 2022

The panel 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 researchers/research teams behind all shortlisted projects will be invited to participate in an OIS project development workshop in the period between November 2022 and January 2023. As part of this workshop, experts will help further develop the project ideas and address critical implementation issues.

The winning project team(s) will additionally receive individual support in planning next steps with respect to spending their OIS Award prize money and starting the implementation of their projects. Using insights from the project development workshop and the individual coaching, the winning project team(s) have to hand in an elaborated project proposal by February 2023 to ecn-office@charite.de.


Any further questions on the OIS Award can also be directed to ecn-office@charite.de.


We are looking forward to receiving your OIS project idea submissions!

— The ECN OIS team —