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ECR manuscript Competition

The HUPO Early Career Researcher Committee (HUPO ECR) is pleased to announce the 9th ECR Manuscript Competition at HUPO 2023 taking place September 17-21, 2023 in Busan, South Korea. The manuscript competition, sponsored by Expert Review of Proteomics by Taylor and Francis, is a unique opportunity for early career researchers to gain visibility in the proteomics community, as it serves as a platform to highlight the important contributions that postdoctoral fellows, young clinicians and junior faculty members make to the proteomics field.

HUPO encourages early career proteomics researchers to participate in this competition with an already published or accepted manuscript during the 2022 and 2023 calendar years. Three finalists will be selected to present their publications in a dedicated plenary session at HUPO 2023, where an expert committee will evaluate the oral presentations to determine the “Proteomics Highlight of the Year”.

Application deadline is April 21, 2023.

Eligibility Criteria: Competition is intended for postdoctoral fellows (Ph.D. degree awarded post January 2017), junior faculty members (appointment post January 2019 and PhD awarded post January 2011) and young clinicians (M.D. degree awarded post January 2016). Applicants must be HUPO members. Leave of absence (e.g. parental, or medical) will extend the eligibility period by twice the amount of time of the leave.

Publication Criteria: The applicant must have significantly contributed to the publication as a first or last (or shared first/last) author. The publication must be an original research article. Review articles will not be considered for this competition. The publication must have been accepted or printed for publication at the time of submission for the competition, but must not have been published before January 1st, 2022. Manuscripts that were posted on bioRxiv and other preprint servers prior to submission will be considered.

How to Apply: A complete application needs to include the documents listed below. Send completed applications by email to before April 15, 2023.

  1. Single publication file as a pdf (including the supplementary information, if it applies):
  • The manuscript must be an original research article and the applicant must have contributed significantly to the concept and/or experimental work and/or data analysis (first, co-first, corresponding or co-corresponding author).
  • The publication must have been accepted and/or printed for publication at the time of submission to the competition, but not earlier than January 1, 2022.
  • The publication must be in English.

2. A short statement (300 words maximum) in which the applicant describes the novelty and impact of the publication on the field of proteomics.

3. (Optional) A declaration regarding any leave of absence along with the exact dates and duration.

Selection Process: The HUPO ECR Committee and a panel of ad-hoc expert scientists will score the publications and select three finalists based on the following criteria:

  • The scientific content and novelty of the work.
  • The impact of the work and its applications in the field of proteomics

The three finalists will be selected and notified by June 15, 2023. The finalists are required to submit an abstract for HUPO 2023 and provide a short biosketch and headshot picture within five business days of receiving their notifications.

Prizes: Award certificates along with cash prizes ($1000 to winner, $500/each to two runners up) will be presented during the Closing Ceremony & Awards Session at HUPO 2023. In addition, the three finalists will receive complimentary registration for HUPO 2023 (registration will be refunded post congress).


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