$150K Prizes for Young investigators

Michelson Prizes

About the Prizes

The Michelson Medical Research Foundation together with the Human Vaccines Project has established the Michelson Prizes for Human Immunology and Vaccine Research — Two $150K Prizes for Young Investigators

The Michelson Prizes aim to support young investigators applying innovative research concepts and disruptive technologies to significantly advance the development of future vaccines and immunotherapies for major global diseases.

Two investigators, under the age of 35, who demonstrate significant potential to execute pioneering ideas will each be awarded a $150,000 prize. Applicants need to show how they are going beyond conventional approaches in their field and clearly articulate how their contribution will have a lasting impact on human immunology and vaccine research.

Applicants from disciplines across the biomedical, bioengineering and computer science fields are encouraged.

Proposals will be reviewed by a distinguished committee of internationally-recognized scientists.

Prizes will be awarded in June 27, 2018 as part of a conference on the Future of Vaccine Development, hosted at The Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience at the University of Southern California.

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Eligibility and Application Criteria

Applicants must be under the age of 35 (born on or after February 12, 1983), and affiliated with a research organization in the academic, nonprofit, industry or public sector. International applicants are encouraged. Applicants may submit only one application per year. Prizes will be awarded to individuals, not institutions.

Pre-application Due Date: February 12, 2018 Pre-application Closed.

Notification to Submit Full Application: March 6, 2018

We want to thank everyone who submitted a Michelson Prizes pre-application for this inaugural year of the award. We received over 100 pre-applications from talented young scientists around the world working in a variety of scientific areas related to human immunology and vaccine science.  With help from a team of international vaccine scientists, pre-applicants were selected for submission of a full application and email invitations to those selected as finalists were sent on March 6, 2018.

If you did not receive an email invitation, this means that your pre-application was not selected for full application submission.

If you were not selected this year for submission of a full application, we encourage you to apply again next year and check our website often for information about Michelson Prizes that will be offered in the future.

Thank you again for your interest in the Michelson Prizes and we wish you continued success with your science.

Note: The Michelson Prizes does not provide feedback or ranking on pre-applications not chosen for full application submission.

Complete information about the 2018 Michelson Prizes can be downloaded HERE.

Frequently Asked Questions can be found HERE.

Further questions? Contact michelsonprizes@humanvaccinesproject.org

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About the Donors



(photo by John Livzey)

Dr. Gary K. Michelson is a Board Certified Orthopedic Spinal Surgeon, with more than 900 issued patents worldwide that have revolutionized the practice of spinal surgery, making such procedures less invasive, less traumatic, safer, faster, and more effective. Alya Michelson is an accomplished journalist, who has written in and been published in four different languages.

Together they support a broad array of philanthropic endeavors, and operate three foundations that they founded and fund; including a medical research foundation, an education foundation, and an animal welfare foundation. Further information is available at michelsonmedical.org20MM.org, and foundanimals.org.

You can also read about the Michelson Prizes at the Michelson Medical Research Foundation website.

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