Anyone is eligible to submit one nomination for an award, and only one nomination per calendar year. Self-nominations are not permitted. Nominations will be submitted through an online nomination form. Nomination will remain open until May 15th, 2019. (EXTENDED)
Completed applications submitted no later than May 15th, 2019 will be prescreened for continued eligibility and reviewed by the selection committee.
The nominee selected for an award will be contacted in October 2019 to confirm acceptance of the award and the terms of the award. The awardee must be able to accept the award at a ceremony in Washington DC on February 11th, 2020 and invited to give a scientific presentation. The awardee must allow for his/her photo, information of award, ceremony details and discovery contributions to be publicly available. If the award is not accepted, or the recipient is no longer eligible, the nominee is required to keep all notices around their selection confidential. An awardee that accepts the award must keep all results of the prize competition confidential until the Rainwater Charitable Foundation official award announcement is released.
Nominees that have met all eligibility criteria and preliminary screening will be reviewed by the selection committee. The following criteria will be used to evaluate the applications for the Rainwater Prize Program:
Research Discovery (Weight 70%) – The nominee must have contributed significantly to the discovery for which the award category outlines. The scope of review will involve applicability to award nominated for, quality of peer-reviewed research findings, validation by the scientific community, research citations, significant impact for neurodegenerative disease, applicability to a tauopathy, contribution to development of technology or platform, and has the finding been incorporated into common teaching and across the scientific community.
Leadership (weight 30%) – The nominee must be in good standing within their institution and within the scientific community. The nominee(s) are evaluated based on their level of collaboration, data sharing and technology sharing. The nominee(s) is evaluated on their leadership, mentoring, trainee success and role model impact. The nominee(s) are evaluated based on their internationally known thought leadership, their engagement in diversity and equity and their overall contributions to the scientific community through outreach and education.
A nominee’s general societal contributions will be taken in to account should all other scoring between scientific contributions and leadership among top candidates be considered equal.