Who should apply?

Researchers, clinicians, or anyone with a novel, testable idea that explains a Serious Adverse Event (SAE) related to the use of a pharmaceutical product.

Why apply?

The winner will receive a $35,000 cash award, significant recognition in the field, and substantial assistance in securing funding for further research into their idea.

What happens to my idea if I submit it?

All applications are kept confidential and remain the property of the author and/or their institution.

How do I apply?

You can fill out the form and upload your application here.

What is the prize for the winner?

The winner of the Sternfels Prize will receive $35,000 as a reward for their contribution to the field. This is not intended to be a grant, although the funds may be directed as such if the winner prefers.

How is the winner chosen?

A panel of distinguished judges will review the top applications and choose the winner based on its novelty, scientific merit, and ability to be translated to the clinic. The panel will review finalist submissions on a blinded basis and select a winner that best meets the competition’s criteria.

What should be in my application?

Applications need to be submitted as a PDF of no more than three pages, not including any appendices or supplemental sections. Applications should address the background and significance of the idea, its clinical relevance, and propose a workplan for how it might be tested. Visit the Case Examples page for help thinking of an idea.

What should my submission look like?

Click here to see an exemplar submission. Your application does not need to be formatted exactly like this exemplar, but you may use it to help structure your proposal. Review the Contest Guidelines before starting your application.