Ends on August 18, 2017
Apply TODAY for the Charleston Edition of the Award: Deadline is 8/18/17 @ Midnight PT.
MLA Award Recipients have been announced: Meet the 3 librarians awarded

The JoVE Librarian Travel Award

JoVE will award 6 librarians who are taking leadership roles to raise awareness about Scientific Research Reproducibility in their communities with (1) a travel grant to the MLA'17 Annual Meeting or the 2017 Charleston Conference and (2) the opportunity to showcase their initiative(s) with video. 

How to Apply

To apply, please create an account at the bottom of this page. Once logged in, submission fields will appear at the bottom of the page. Fill out the form and submit your application materials. You will receive a confirmation email after you have submitted. Should you have any questions, please contact us at librarianaward@jove.com 

Terms and Eligibility

Each awarded librarian will be reimbursed up to $1,500 for conference related expenses. Interviews and video shoots about each librarian's initiative will happen at their institution or on site at the conference.
  • Applicants must be currently employed as Librarians in an Academic, Medical, or Research Institution.
  • Applicants must select if they are applying to attend the MLA or the Charleston conference. A librarian who wants to be considered for both the conferences should submit two individual applications; however please note that the same person can only receive the award for only one conference.
  • Applications must be received by the deadline (MLA deadline is 2/24/17, Charleston deadline is 8/18/17). 

Application Requirements

JoVE empowers:

  • Collaboration between librarians and scientists/faculty/students in the context of the reproducibility crisis.
  • The use of new technologies for scientific research in the context of the reproducibility crisis.
  • Creative ways libraries spread information within academic and non academic institutions.

In that spirit, each applicant should submit:

A one-page essay (500 words max.) describing the librarian’s initiative to raise awareness on the reproducibility crisis, including the tools they make available to their researchers and faculty. Providing specific examples of initiatives are encouraged and supporting materials* can be uploaded together with the essay but it is not mandatory. Any results or evaluation data from past initiatives will also be considered as supporting materials. 

* For example but not limited to the following: Libguides URLs, Flyers, Email and Social Media Campaigns, Blogs, Orientation Packages, Videos, etc. 

Evaluation Criteria

A jury of academic librarians will judge the applications using a 'blind review' process. The five main criteria on which applications will be judged are: (1) Submission is well written and addresses the theme, (2) Specific examples of campaigns or activities are provided, (3) Specific resources, tools, or technologies selected by librarians for scientists' use or for communication are shared, (4) The initiative(s) are well designed and creative, and (5) Submission includes how the initiative(s) will be assessed and evaluated. 

Ends on June 15, 2017

Calling all science researchers!! Join JoVE’s first-ever “Film Your Research” video contest for the chance to win up to $3000!!!

This contest is an effort to get scientists connected with the concept of “visual science” by making a 2-minute video featuring yourself or a lab member performing a scientific experiment/technique in the lab or in the field. Four lucky entrants will win big cash prizes, as well as bragging rights, for the most creative videos.

Who can participate in this contest?

We are looking for “early career scientists” to enter this contest. This is a global contest, so you can participate from anywhere in the world. 

All applicants must currently be pursuing scientific research in an academic institution and fit the following criteria:

  • Undergraduate student pursuing scientific research

  • Graduate student (M.S./Ph.D.) pursuing scientific research

  • Post-doctoral researcher

  • Scientist who has received his/her highest degree within the last ten years and currently pursuing research (e.g. research professors, research associates, lab managers, etc.)


  1. Reviewers’ choice 1st prize: $3000 cash award

  2. Reviewers’ choice 2nd prize: $2000 cash award

  3. Reviewers’ choice 3rd prize: $1000 cash award

  4. People’s choice award decided by popular vote: $2000 cash reward

Contest Requirements

  • Make a 2-minute video featuring yourself or a lab member performing a scientific experiment or technique in the lab or in the field. 

  • The video should be accompanied with a 200-word description of the experimental method and research being performed as well as the larger problem in science that the experiment aims to solve. (Please try to avoid scientific jargon in your description)

  • The video and description should be able to convey the idea of participating scientist’s research and experiments to a wider audience. The review panel will be comprised of both scientists and nonscientists

  • The scientist entering the contest must conceptualize, direct, and narrate.

  • The video shouldn’t include the full experiment but it should include some glimpses featuring a scientist performing research.

  • The video should include an audio narration outlining the background and description. Overall creativity is encouraged in the communication style.

  • The video should be uploaded to YouTube and the link shared in the application form here.

  • Please create an account and submit your applications using your institutional email id as we are trying to make sure submissions are coming in from applicants who are current researchers at academic institutions.

  • If you wish to participate in the contest as a group from your research lab, you are most welcome to do so. However, there should be only one leading scientist who should conceptualize and direct the video. Also, he/she should be the person entering the contest as the applicant on the contest homepage and submitting one video on behalf of the group in the application. (If the applicant is declared a winner, he/she is most welcome to share the cash award with the team members!) 

Video Examples:

Here are two examples of JoVE-produced videos that illustrate how you can present a technical research method in a science communication style video with a creative narrative.

Video Example 1 - https://youtu.be/cZNds1aE4bA

Video Example 2 - https://youtu.be/Joh3GQcM8sY

Evaluation Criteria

The judging process will happen in two phases:

Reviewer’s choice awards: Winners will be judged on scientific merit, quality of the content/message, and creativity used in the production and narration of the video. Besides choosing the first, second, and third award winners, reviewers will also help in nominating the top ten videos for the popular choice award.

Popular choice award: The top ten videos selected by reviewers will be posted on the contest page and be opened for popular votes. The video with the highest number of popular votes will win the popular choice award.

Contest Timeline during 2017

June 15: Deadline to submit your full application

July 30: Top 10 videos will be announced for popular voting on the contest homepage. Top 10 finalists will also be notified via email and information will be provided on how they could promote their own videos to win popular votes.

August 1 to August 21: Popular voting on the contest homepage

September 1: Winners will be announced for both reviewers’ choice and popular choice awards

If you have any questions regarding the contest please email scientistaward@jove.com