Prize Programs

Last chance to submit an application for the $100,000 Mathematical Neuroscience Prize !

We have extended the deadline to December 15th.

Call for Nominations – Mathematical Neuroscience Prize
IBT is currently accepting nominations for the Mathematical Neuroscience Prize.  Researchers are encouraged to nominate potential candidates in the field of theoretical mathematics in neuroscience for a $100,000 prize.

Program Description
Theoretical methods are essential for integrating genetic, molecular, anatomical, and physiological information acquired over a large range of spatial and temporal scales into a unified concept of brain function.  The Mathematical Neuroscience Prize honors researchers who have significantly advanced our understanding of the neural mechanisms of perception, behavior and thought through the application of mathematical analysis and modeling.

Rules and Eligibility

  • Winners will be selected by a Selection Committee consisting of previous prize winners.
  • Candidates must be currently active in research and have made outstanding contributions to mathematical neuroscience. No restrictions are placed on a candidate’s age, citizenship or country of residence.
  • Up to two prizes of $100,000 will be awarded each year. A single prize can be split between recipients who have contributed to the same accomplishment.
  • The right to nominate a candidate is open to everyone, and self-nomination is allowed. No consent of a nominee is required.
  • Nominations must include a CV with publication list, a list of the 5 most important publications, and a 1-page statement of research achievements.
  • Nominations must be submitted by December 15, 2016 to
  • The winner will be selected in January 2017, and the prize awarded in March 2017.

2015 Winners:   The 2015  $100,000 Mathematical Neuroscience Prize was awarded to Prof. Nancy Kopell of Boston University for her work in mathematical analysis of the nervous system functions, and to Prof. Bard Ermentrout from the University of Pittsburgh for his classic work in mathematical biology. Each received a $100,000 prize.

2013 Winners: The first IBT Mathematical Neuroscience Prize was awarded to Professors Larry Abbott (Columbia University) and Haim Sompolinsky (Hebrew University of Jerusalem). The two $100,000 prizes were awarded at the 1st annual BrainTech Israel 2013 Conference in Tel Aviv.

The Adelis Brain Research Award 

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Dr. Ami Citri receiving the award

Dr. Ami Citri receiving the award

The Adelis Award is aimed at recognizing and supporting research that will significantly advance the knowledge and understanding of the brain in health and pathologies.

Candidates were reviewed and the winners were selected by a committee of distinguished experts in brain research together with prominent representatives of the public.

At BrainTech 2015 the $100,000 Adelis Prize was granted to Dr. Ami Citri of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Edmond & Lily Safra Center for Brain Sciences, for his outstanding work in the field of experience-dependent plasticity and its impact on diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric disorders.

Read the JSpace News article about Dr. Citri and the Adelis Prize.


The $1M Moshe Mirilashvili Memorial Fund B.R.A.I.N.

(Breakthrough Research And Innovation in Neurotechnology) Prize

The first prize was awarded in 2013 to the BrainGate Research and Development team led by Dr. John Donoghue. The BrainGate team, based at Brown University with collaborators at the Massachusetts General Hospital, the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center (Providence, Rhode Island), Case Western Reserve University, and Stanford University, triumphed over nine other B.R.A.I.N finalists. The collaborative demonstrated the first human uses of an implanted neural sensor and neural interface system to control robotic and prosthetic arms in three-dimensional space.

The BrainGate research was praised for “enabling a new understanding of human brain function and the development of a novel, fully-implanted platform neurotechnology capable of wirelessly transmitting large numbers of neural signals from multiple types of sensors for use in Brain Computer Interface, epilepsy monitoring, and neuromodulation applications.”

Over 70 companies from across the globe applied for the contest.