Early Career Scientist

The Early Career Scientist Award is an annual scheme run by the British Nutrition Foundation to recognise early career nutrition scientists who show great potential to be future leaders in the field.

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Early career scientist

The BNF Drummond Early Career Scientist Award is an annual scheme run by the British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) to recognise early career nutrition scientists who show great potential to be future leaders in the field. The Award has been made possible through BNF’s management of the Drummond Memorial Fund, established in memory of the work and contribution of Sir Jack Drummond.
 
Applicants to the BNF Drummond Early Career Scientist Award are required to complete an application form and submit an abstract for a mini review that describes an emerging area of human nutrition science and would be suitable for submission to Nutrition Bulletin. As the official journal of the British Nutrition Foundation, Nutrition Bulletin is an international, peer-reviewed journal publishing concise and informative articles about recent developments in current thinking in human nutrition science. It provides an interface between stakeholders in universities, industry, government, research, healthcare, education and media. The aims and scope of Nutrition Bulletin can be read here
 
Applicants are judged on their contributions to nutrition science, the scientific merit and clarity of communication of their abstract, as well as their potential to become future leaders in the field. 
 
Eligibility criteria
The award is open to students who are currently studying human nutrition, or a related field, as well as those within three years of being awarded a PhD or within six years of being awarded an MSc in these areas (see guidance notes). Those who were awarded their degrees more than three or six years ago respectively but took formal time out during this period for personal reasons (e.g. maternity/paternity/adoption leave; long-term ill heath) may still be eligible. Such instances will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis and Ewen Trafford (e.trafford@nutrition.org.uk) should be contacted to discuss eligibility. Applications are welcome from any country.
 
How to apply
Applicants are required to complete all sections of the application form. The form includes space for an abstract (max. 300 words, excluding references, and including a title, author name(s) and affiliations) for a mini-review paper that will describe an emerging area of human nutrition science, including its relevance to public health, the most important research findings to date, where the applicant’s research advances current understanding in the field (if applicable), and implications for future research and practice.
 
Recipients of the Award
The winner and any runners up will be invited to turn their abstract into a mini-review paper for publication in Nutrition Bulletin. Upon acceptance of the paper, the winner receives a year’s online subscription to Nutrition Bulletin, plus a £500 honorarium. 
 
Last year’s winner was Dr Imre Kouw (Australian Catholic University) and the two runners up were Dr Taryn Smith (University of California, Davis) and Dr Nanna Julie Olsen (The Parker Institute, Bispebjerg and Frederiksberg Hospital in Denmark). Information about their topics can be found here.  
 
Key dates
  • Closing date for applications: 1st August 2021 
  • Winners and runners up will be notified by 1st October 2021 
  • Award presented at BNF Annual Day (winner): 23rd November 2021  
  • Paper to be submitted to Nutrition Bulletin by 1st April 2022 
  • Publication of invited Nutrition Bulletin papers (winner and runners-up): September 2022 
Please submit completed application forms to Ewen Trafford  (e.trafford@nutrition.org.uk)

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