Swartz Prize for Theoretical and Computational Neuroscience
The Swartz Prize, endowed by the Swartz Foundation, honors an individual whose activities have produced a significant cumulative contribution to theoretical models or computational methods in neuroscience or who has made a particularly noteworthy recent advance in theoretical or computational neuroscience.
Nominations are especially encouraged of scientists whose work represents recent impactful advances to the field.
Recipients receive a $30,000 prize and complimentary registration, transportation (economy air or ground), and two nights hotel accommodations for the SfN annual meeting. The SfN president presents the prize at a lecture at the SfN annual meeting.
For more information, please review the Awards and Funding FAQs.
Nomination Criteria & Materials
- Self-nomination is not permitted.
- Nominees do not need to be SfN members.
- Nominations must be made or endorsed by an SfN member.
- No person may nominate or write a letter of recommendation for more than one candidate.
- Current SfN officers and councilors are ineligible for nomination.
- Due to potential conflicts of interest, members of the selection committee may not be the nominees, and they cannot serve as nominators nor write letters of recommendation for this prize.
Nomination materials include the following:
- One nomination letter describing the nominee's contributions to the field
- Maximum of two optional letters of recommendation (one letter must include a summary of past, present, and future research, maximum of two pages)
- Current CV
- A list of publications and abstracts authored or co-authored by the nominee
The prize is open to all individuals who have contributed to theoretical or computational neuroscience.
- 2021: Nicolas Brunel, PhD
- 2020: Emery N. Brown, MD, PhD
- 2019: John Rinzel, PhD
- 2018: Kenneth Miller, PhD
- 2017: Xiao-Jing Wang, PhD
- 2016: Nancy Kopell, PhD
- 2015: Terrence J. Sejnowski, PhD
- 2014: Tomaso A. Poggio, PhD
- 2013: William S. Bialek, PhD
- 2012: John J. Hopfield, PhD
- 2011: Haim Sompolinsky, PhD
- 2010: Larry Abbott, PhD
- 2009: Horace Barlow, MD
- 2008: Wilfrid Rall, PhD
Swartz Prize Selection Committee
Cline, Hollis T
The Scripps Research Institute
Sompolinsky, Haim I
Kording, Konrad P
New York University
Skinner, Frances K
Krembil Research Institute, Univ Hlth Network
Miller, Kenneth D
University of Bonn Medical Center
New Jersey Inst of Technology
Prinz, Astrid A.
Carey, Megan R
Champalimaud Center For the Unknown
Uchitel, Osvaldo D
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