Young Investigator Award

The Brainbox Initiative Young Investigator Award seeks to stimulate and reward the very best groundbreaking neuroscience research from early-career researchers.

Call for entries for the 2020 Young Investigator Award will open soon.

The Brainbox Initiative’s Young Investigator Award aims to stimulate and reward the very best, novel neuroscience research by early-career academics. Current graduate students and postdoctoral fellows are encouraged to submit descriptions of their ongoing research and published papers with direct relevance to non-invasive brain stimulation and brain imaging techniques.

The Young Investigator Award prize winner will receive:

  • A presentation slot to speak about their groundbreaking research at the Brainbox Initiative Conference 2020 in London (including travel and accommodation bursary)
  • A £500 cash prize
  • Ongoing support and promotion from the Brainbox Initiative and Brainbox
  • The opportunity to work with the Brainbox Initiative as one of our Brainbox Ambassadors


Call for entries for the Young Investigator Award 2020 will open soon.

Previous Young Investigator Award Winners:

Dr Nigel Rogasch, Young Investigator Award Winner 2017

Dr Nigel Rogasch

Young Investigator 2017

Dr Maria Ironside, Young Investigator Award Winner 2018

Dr Maria Ironside

Young Investigator 2018

Dr Camilla Nord

Dr Camilla Nord

Young Investigator 2019


Scope and Criteria

  • Applicants must be currently-enrolled graduate students or postdoctoral fellows within 5 years of gaining their PhD (excluding parental leave) and should be primarily responsible for the research described.
  • Applicants agree to presenting their results / data at the Brainbox Initiative Conference and other meetings as deemed appropriate for the ongoing promotion of the student in relation to the Brainbox Initiative and its aims.
  • All applicants must be first or second author on at least one peer-reviewed paper relevant to the field.

Applications should clearly and concisely describe current research, which demonstrates direct relevance to the practical application of non-invasive brain stimulation and imaging techniques.

The applicant’s supervisor should also send a letter that confirms the enrolment or postdoctoral status of the applicant along with details of the applicant’s contribution to the research.

How to apply

To submit an entry for the Young Investigator Award, applicants are asked to clearly and concisely describe a current research project which demonstrates direct relevance to the practical application of non-invasive brain stimulation and imaging techniques. This application should be supported by a letter from your supervisor confirming your enrolment or postdoctoral status, along with details of your contribution to the described research.

A panel of key opinion leaders within the field, the Brainbox Initiative Scientific Committee, from a range of universities will judge the entries.


The 2020 call for entries will open soon.