The Inspiring Science Award for the best
published scientific paper in the Life Sciences from India.

An annual award and travel fellowship picked by an eminent jury.

ISA entries are accepted between July and November of every year, and the awards are announced in January-February of the following year, to coincide with the Distinguished Lectureship Series.

Click here to submit your entry now

Entries will close at midnight, 31st October 2017.

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The jury and the sponsors aim to recognise and reward quality science, inspire scholarship and support researchers to pursue their passion in the life sciences by selecting the best published scientific paper in the life sciences from India each year.


Six papers are shortlisted by the jury for the top pick. All shortlisted candidates receive a laptop and a citation, and are invited to the Cell Press-TNQ India Distinguished Lectureship Series, where the prizes are announced.

The winner receives a global travel fellowship to attend one of the Cell Symposia held annually at different locations around the world, the ISA trophy, and a citation.


Dr. Emilie Marcus announces the genesis of the award and the travel fellowship

This award was announced by Dr. Emilie Marcus, CEO Cell Press and Editor-in-Chief, Cell, at the The Cell Press - TNQ India Lecture in Bengaluru on January 18th 2016.

“This year we have an exciting announcement to make. Building on the successful tradition of the lectureship in inspiring students to pursue their passion with careers in scientific research, we are creating “The Inspiring Science Award" in association with the lectures. The idea for this award was brought forth to us by Professor Anuranjan Anand of JNCASR and we would like to express our thanks and appreciation to him for helping extend the impact of the lecture series in promoting young Indian scientists."