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ECR manuscript Competition

Call for the 2024 HUPO Early Career Researcher Manuscript Competition

The HUPO Early Career Researcher Committee (HUPO ECR) is pleased to announce the 10th ECR Manuscript Competition at HUPO 2024 taking place October 20-24, 2024 in Dresden, Germany. The manuscript competition 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 2023 and 2024 calendar years. Three finalists will be selected to present their publications in a dedicated plenary session at HUPO 2024, where an expert committee will evaluate the oral presentations to determine the “Proteomics Highlight of the Year”. Application deadline is April 1, 2024.

Eligibility criteria: Competition is intended for postdoctoral fellows (Ph.D. degree awarded post January 2018), junior faculty members (appointment post January 2020 and PhD awarded post January 2012) and young clinicians (M.D. degree awarded post January 2017). 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, 2023. 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 1, 2024.

Documents required for a complete application:
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, 2023
  • 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 1, 2024. The finalists are required to submit an abstract for HUPO 2024 and provide a short biosketch and headshot picture within five business days of receiving their notifications.

Prize: Awards along with cash prizes ($1,000 to winner, $500/each to two runners up) will be presented during the Closing Ceremony & Awards Session at HUPO 2024. In addition, the three finalists will receive complimentary registration for HUPO 2024 (registration will be refunded post congress).


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