Society Awards

Lounsbery Workshop Award 2018

Deadline: 31 August 2018
The Lounsbery Workshop Award is an annual Society award towards the costs of organising a focussed workshop related to a particular field of deep-sea biology, or related to a cross-cutting issue, in particular training-focussed such as science communication, policy, taxonomy, ‘big-data’ analysis and analytical methods. It is expected that these workshops would be held over 3-4 days involving 10-30 scientists, with the funds being available for any cost associated with the workshop (e.g. travel for senior or junior researchers, catering) but excluding institutional meeting room hire and salary costs. The lead applicant (PI) of the application should be a member of the society, but this is not required for the workshop attendees. Applications are encouraged that include a large training component particularly in new techniques or methods, and partnerships with training organisations or companies are welcomed especially if cost-sharing is well demonstrated. The scheme provides up to 4000 GBP towards the costs of the workshop, and successful applicants will be expected to write a short report of the workshop in the open-access flexible journal Research Ideas and Outcomes (the OA fee will be paid by the Society) as well as providing an ongoing twitter feed during the workshop with links and credit to the Society. Application here.

Lounsbery Workshop Award 2018 – Terms and Conditions, and additional notes

  1. Lead applicant (PI) must be a member of the Society
  2. Applicants should provide a cost-breakdown of the proposed workshop including any potential co-funding to support their application. Contributions in-kind from training partners are particularly welcome. The Open-Access fee for Research Ideas and Outcomes workshop report will be covered by the Society up to value of EUR 500.
  3. The maximum amount that any Principal Investigator (PI) can be allocated in a funding round is 4000 GBP.
  4. Workshop must take place within one year of receipt of funds.
  5. PI should hold a permanent position at a research or academic institution with available and suitable meeting spaces.
  6. Salary costs and meeting room hire costs (with exception of AV and catering support) are not eligible to be covered.
  7. Applications will be ranked by the Society Trustees on the basis of the scientific quality of the workshop, the quality of the training components of the workshop and the degree of co-funding or in-kind contributions received from partners.
  8. Trustees of the Society are not permitted to be the lead applicants, but trustees and members of their research labs are permitted to take part in and receive support from the applications. Where a Trustee or members of a Trustee’s research lab are linked to a potential application, the relevant Trustee will be omitted from the ranking discussion with regard that application.
  9. Awards will be announced by the end of April 2018 and payments made via bank transfer 50% to be provided prior to the workshop and 50% to be transferred on completion of the workshop provided the terms and conditions have been met.
  10. Payments will be made to institutions or, at the discretion of the Trustees, to individuals where a reasonable financial plan is in place to ensure the delivery of the workshop. No overhead costs are allowed to be included on applications.

Deep-Sea Biology Society Landmark Paper Award

Deadline: Nominations to be received by 31 July 2018
The Deep-Sea Biology Society is pleased to accept nominations for the triennial award for the Landmark Paper in Deep-Sea Biology Research.  This award honours current and major advancements in research that either: reveal key information, challenge our current understanding, overturn paradigms or significantly bolster the field of deep-sea biology. We are currently accepting nominations for papers published from late 2014 to 2018 (see below). The prize is 500 GBP cash prize, free society membership and a feature write up on the Deep-Sea Biology Society website and in the DSBSoc and INDEEP newsletter ‘Deep-Sea Life’. In order to apply you need to submit a pdf of the paper and the nominator needs to supply a letter (1 page of A4) explaining why they consider this paper to be a landmark contribution to deep-sea biological science. Please email nominations to Erin Easton: erineeaston@gmail.com

 Landmark Paper – Terms and Conditions

  1. Nominations may be provided from any member of the society.
  2. Persons nominated can be members and non-members at any career stage.
  3. Papers led by Trustees of the Society are not eligible. However, papers co-authored by Trustees of the Society are eligible, the relevant Trustee will not be present at the ranking discussion with regard to the paper they are a co-author on.
  4. The primary focus of study must be related to the biology of the deep sea below 200 m as determined by the Trustees of the society. The paper must add/make a significant contribution to deep-sea biological science by revealing a new process or pattern, overturning current paradigms or sparking new dialogue.
  5. Publication (online-early or in print) date must be between 05 September 2014 and 30 June 2018.
  6. Presentation of the award will be made by the President at the Annual General Meeting of the Society at the 15th DSBS 9-14 September 2018.

Deep-Sea Biology Society Paper of the Year

Deadline: Nominations to be received by 31 July 2018
In addition to the triennial ‘Landmark Paper’ award, the Society is also awarding a ‘Paper of the Year’ award, which will be awarded to an outstanding paper published in the period leading up to the DSBS meeting and AGM of the Society. The prize will be one-year free membership of the Society and a 100 GBP cash prize. Please email nominations to Rachel Jeffreys: rachel.jeffreys@liverpool.ac.uk

Paper of the Year – Terms and Conditions

  1. Nominations may be provided from any member of the society. The recipient (author of the paper) does not need to be a member of the society to receive the award. Papers led by Trustees of the society are not eligible. Papers co-authored by Trustees of the society are eligible. The relevant Trustee will not be present during the ranking discussion.
  2. Publication (in print/citation) date must be between 01 August 2017 and 30 June 2018.

Presentation of the award will be made by the President at the Annual General Meeting of the Society at the 15th DSBS 9-14 September 2018.


Award for outstanding Ph.D. thesis paper

Deadline: Nominations to be received by 31 July 2018
This award is to recognise a promising young researcher in the area of deep-sea biology. The first author of the paper must be a current or recent Ph.D. student and a member of the DSBS society. The paper must originate from a Ph.D. thesis within three years of the award deadline. Articles that have been accepted but not published are also eligible. In order to apply an electronic copy of the paper must be submitted alongside a statement from the supervisor of the applicant/nominated Ph.D. candidate, which outlines the importance of the nominated paper and its contribution to the field. The prize is a 500 GBP cash prize. Please email nominations to Paris Stefanoudis: pstefa@windowslive.com

Outstanding PhD paper– Terms and Conditions

  1. First author must be a current or recent Ph.D student and a member of the DSBS society.
  2. Publication (in print/citation) date must be between 01 July 2015 and 30 June 2018. Any papers that are currently in press or have been recently accepted but are yet to be published should be submitted with the acceptance letter email from the journal.
  3. One nomination per applicant (i.e. applicants cannot nominate two papers that originated from their Ph.D. thesis).

Presentation of the award will be made by the President at the Annual General Meeting of the Society at the 15th DSBS 9-14 September 2018.


Prize for best student Talk and Poster: 15th Deep-Sea Biology Symposium (DSBS)

No Deadline
The Society will award one-year free membership of the Society and a 100 GBP cash prize to the best student oral and poster talks at DSBS.

Society student Talk and Poster Prize DSBS – Terms and Conditions

  1. The Prize is open to any registered student presenting at DSBS. One prize will be awarded each for best Talk and best Poster, at the discretion of the local organising committee.

Presentation will be made by the President at the closing ceremony


Travel Awards: 15th Deep-Sea Biology Symposium (DSBS)

Deadline: 30 March 2018
The Society would like to invite applications for awards towards travel to DSBS 15. These awards are open to any members of the society and can be used towards any costs associated with attendance and presentation (oral or poster) at the symposium. The maximum amount that can be requested is 750 GBP. Awards will be based on both the quality of the abstract and evidence of financial need. Successful applicants will be required to write a short blog post, report or video blog for the Society website about their experience at the Symposium. Full terms and conditions below. Application form here.

Society Travel Awards 2018 – Terms and Conditions

  1. Applications are only open to members of the Society
  2. Applicants should provide a cost breakdown of the proposed travel including total costs, costs requested from the society, and possibility of co-funding where required.
  3. The maximum amount that any individual can be allocated in any one funding round is 750 GBP.
  4. Applications will be ranked by the Society Trustees based on the scientific quality of the abstract and evidence of financial need, for example students/early-career researchers, early-career researchers between positions and researchers from developing nations.
  5. Trustees of the Society are not permitted to apply for awards, but members of their research labs are permitted. Where members of a Trustee’s research lab is an applicant, the relevant Trustee will be omitted from the ranking discussion with regard that application.
  6. Awards will be announced by the end of April 2018 and payments made via bank transfer on receipt of bank details.
  7. If for some reason you are subsequently unable to attend the meeting you are required to return the award to the Society.

‘Dive Deeper’ Research Bursaries

Deadline: 1st April 2018
The Dive Deeper research bursary scheme is designed to support the professional development of deep-sea biology researchers who do not currently have permanent employment. The scheme provides up to 1000 GBP towards activities that can enhance the career prospects of researchers, but does not provide direct salary support. The bursaries can be used for research-related activities that include, but are not limited to, collaborative travel visits, training, oceanographic cruise participation and laboratory work. The bursaries are open to any members of the Society that are without permanent employment, and include PhD candidates who have submitted their PhD and post-doctoral researchers, particularly those seeking further employment in deep-sea biology research. Application here.

Dive Deeper Research Bursaries 2018 – Terms and Conditions, and additional notes

  1. Applications are only open to members of the Society without permanent employment.
  2. Applicants should provide a cost-breakdown of the proposed activities including any potential co-funding to support their application.
  3. The maximum amount that any individual can be allocated in a funding round is 1000 GBP.
  4. Projects must be completed within one year of award of funds.
  5. Applications are not permitted from permanent researchers. Researchers holding fixed-term contracts (e.g post-docs or research assistants) must provide evidence of how the bursary will further their professional development and career prospects, priority will be given to those near the end of their contracts.
  6. PhD candidates who have submitted their thesis or dissertation are eligible.
  7. Salary costs are not eligible to be covered.
  8. Applications will be ranked by the Society Trustees on the basis of the scientific quality of the activity and the ability of the activity to support the professional development of the candidate.
  9. Trustees of the Society are not permitted to apply for the bursaries, but members of their research labs are permitted. Where members of a Trustee’s research lab is an applicant, the relevant Trustee will be omitted from the ranking discussion with regard to that application.
  10. Awards will be announced by the end of April 2018 and payments made via bank transfer.
  11. Applicants should provide:
    1. Evidence of recent active research, and evidence or statement of employment status.
    2. Description of the proposed activity including costs and potential co-funding.
    3. A clear statement on how the proposed activity will further their professional development in deep-sea biology research

A short statement from 1 referee in support of the application


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