The Global Prebiotic Association (GPA) Young Researcher Award honors a young scientific researcher (under 36 years old) as the first author of a research paper that has driven a remarkable advancement in the understanding of the science or impact of prebiotics. Topics can cover any aspect of prebiotic research including gut and other microbiomes. GPA defines a prebiotic as “A nutritional product and/or ingredient selectively utilized in the microbiome producing health benefits”.

Prize: $2,500 USD (first author only; no shared first authorships permitted) and a one year GPA Professional Membership.

The winner will also have the opportunity to showcase their research at upcoming conferences and events GPA is organizing or affiliated with.

  • Open to postdoctoral fellows or Ph.D. students (proof required)
  • First author must be younger than 36 years at the application deadline (DOB: February 1, 1985 or later)
  • Paper must be original research; literature reviews or meta-analyses are not eligible
  • Paper must be published in a peer-reviewed journal
  • Paper must be written in English (abstract and entire publication)
  • Paper must be published in 2020, either online or in print. Early access online is eligible.
  • First author must be affiliated with a recognized university or public sector organization at the time of publication
  • No shared first authorships permitted

Applications will be judged by a panel of expert scientists from the prebiotic field, including GPA members and non-members.

Marking of entries will be based on five core competencies, with a total possible score of 100.

  • Scope: What is the context of the research? How well does the research address a real-world problem or health issue? (20)
  • Study design & methodology: How well has the study been designed and executed? Are best practices being used? (20)
  • Results & implications: How remarkable are the findings, and what is the impact of the study? Does the work advance the field or provide significant evidence for a specific health benefit of a prebiotic? (25)
  • Originality: Does the study have a particularly novel different approach, drive the use of prebiotics in a new way, or otherwise result in paradigm-shifts in the area of prebiotics? (25)
  • Commercial potential & applicability: Can the research be applied to commercial environments? Is the work done on commercial ingredients? Does it help solve a specific industry problem? (10)

Submission Deadline: January 31, 2021

Application: Please complete all fields below. The winner will be announced in March 2021. 

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