Calling all Young Investigators!
2019 Young Investigator Awards
To recognize and promote outstanding scientific work in the field of human identification and forensics by young scientists, QIAGEN is sponsoring an annual awards program open to current graduate students (M.Sc. and Ph.D.) and those who received their M.Sc. or Ph.D. in the last 5 years.
We are generously donating a combined instrument (QIAgility, QIAxcel Advanced, QIAcube Connect, TissueLyser II) and reagents prize package worth up to US$ 40,000 to support your project.
Applications will be accepted from March 1 through June 30, 2019. The winner and two runners-up will be announced at ISFG 2019 Congress, Prague September 12. Three finalists will receive return flights to Prague and accommodation for two nights. We will also invite the winner and two runners-up to our next Investigator Forum.
Rules and RegulationsVOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY. PURCHASE WILL NOT IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.
All applicants must be currently enrolled graduate students (M.Sc. and Ph.D.) or those who received their M.Sc. or Ph.D. in the last 5 years, and must be primarily responsible for the research described.
Employees and immediate family members of QIAGEN cannot participate in the contest.
This is an international contest. Submissions to the Awards are admitted from any researcher regardless of age, gender, country of origin, background or religion.
The research described in the submission must fall within the HID & Forensics field. Incomplete submissions or those that do not meet the requirements will be rejected.
Healthcare providers are not eligible to enter.
Each entrant is responsible to confirm that its submission and participation is permitted by the rules of its university or organization.
Submission Guidelines / How to Apply
To enter the contest, complete the application found here. Only one entry per representative will be considered. Incomplete submissions will not be accepted. We will accept submissions received exclusively through the online form and no later than June 30, 2019.
The odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received. The winners will be selected according to the judging process outlined below and notified by telephone call or email from QIAGEN no later than August 15, 2019. Candidates who have not received notification by this date should assume that they have not been successful this time, but we wish them luck for next year.
Evaluation / Judging Process
The winning entries will be chosen by our distinguished panel of experts in the field of HID and Forensics. Members of the judging panel must be unbiased and have no conflicts of interest with any entries. A list of judges can be found here.
Entries will be graded based on:
Scientific merit of proposed project (40 pts), Originality/Innovation (20 pts), Likelihood of successfully conducting proposed project (20 pts), Potential for impact (20 pts)
We are generously donating a combined instrument (QIAgility, QIAxcel Advanced, QIAcube Connect, TissueLyser II) and reagents prize package worth up to US$ 40,000 *$ to support your project.
* For example, QIAcube Connect worth US$ 25,000 and reagents worth up to US$ 15,000.
$ Reagents-only prize up to a maximum of US$ 25,000.
**** Value of prize package is based on US list prices as of March 1, 2019.
Three finalists will receive return flights to Prague and accommodation for two nights. We will also invite the winner and two runners-up to our next Investigator Forum.
All taxes, including, without limitation, federal, state, and local taxes on or in connection with the prize are the sole responsibility of the winning entry. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute any prize of equal or greater value in its sole discretion. No cash prize alternative to the price will be awarded and the prize is not transferable.
Sponsor reserves the right to cancel, suspend and/or modify the contest in its sole discretion. By participating in the contest, entrants agree to release and hold harmless the Sponsor from and against any claim or cause of action arising out of participation in the contest, including any errors in the administration of the promotion, printing errors, and technical errors, and the winner and his or her entry agree to release and hold harmless the Sponsor as well from receipt or use of any prize awarded, and further agrees to the disclosure of the name of the winning entry.
Individuals or entities classified as healthcare professionals or healthcare organizations under the US Sunshine Act will be reported and publicly disclosed to the Center of Medicare and Medicaid Services as part of the annual reporting requirement.
QIAGEN is only permitted to facilitate, pay or reimburse for reasonable and actual travel and accommodation, as outlined by the MedTech Code of Ethics. Under the code, QIAGEN can only make these payments to the employer of the awardee.
The Official Rules are governed by, and must be construed in accordance with, the laws of Germany. Entrants agree that all disputes arising from or in connection with this contest and the prize awarded must be heard in a state or federal court of Germany. This contest is void where prohibited by law.
Sponsor: The contest is sponsored by QIAGEN GmbH, Qiagen Str. 1, 40724 Hilden, Germany.
We ask that you submit NON-CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION ONLY.
Please email questions to Young.Investigator@qiagen.com.