The Inspiring Science Award for the best
published Life Sciences paper by a student from India.

An annual award picked by an eminent jury.

The Inspiring Science Award 2021 is now open for entries.

The Inspiring Science Award is for the best paper in the Life Sciences published from India. The Award is open to scientists who are registered for a PhD, all the way up to scientists in the 4th year of their post-doctorate degrees.

Entries close on 15th October 2020 at midnight.


  • The research paper must have been published online for the first time between 1st November 2019 and 30th September 2020.
  • The paper should have been accepted and published online or in a journal either as an accepted manuscript publication or a corrected proof publication.
  • Only full length research papers are eligible for submission. Other article types such as Editorial, Review, etc. are not eligible.
  • The scientist must have been affiliated to a research institution or university based in India, where the research must have been conducted.
  • Papers with co-authors (Indian or international) are also eligible for consideration. However, the Award will be given only to the submitting author.
  • In cases where the paper has multiple authors, all other co-authors are required to submit a no-objection declaration to before the 30th of October 2020.
  • The paper must be uploaded as an attachment with your entry, supported by proof of publication link. We do not accept entries as links to sites that are behind paywalls or firewalls.

Entries received : 243


The jury and the sponsors aim to recognise and reward quality science, inspire scholarship, and support researchers to pursue their passion in the Life Sciences by selecting the best published scientific paper in the Life Sciences from India each year.


Six papers are shortlisted by the jury for the top pick. All shortlisted candidates receive a laptop and a citation. The winner will receive the ISA medal, a citation, and a cash award of INR 2,00,000.


Dr Emilie Marcus announces the genesis of the award and the travel fellowship.

The Inspiring Science Award was announced by Dr Emilie Marcus, ex CEO - Cell Press and Editor-in-Chief, Cell, at The TNQ Distinguished Lectures in the Life Sciences, in Bengaluru on January 18th 2016.

"Building on the successful tradition of the lectureship in inspiring students to pursue their passion with careers in scientific research, we are creating "The Inspiring Science Award" in association with the lectures. The idea for this award was brought forth to us by Professor Anuranjan Anand of JNCASR and we would like to express our thanks and appreciation to him for helping extend the impact of the lecture series in promoting young Indian scientists."