The SeqCode Prize recognizes significant achievements in prokaryotic
systematics advancing the aims and reach of the SeqCode. The Prize also
recognizes significant contributions to the promotion of the SeqCode. The
areas currently recognized by the SeqCode Prize include:
Implementation of software using and expanding on the SeqCode Registry
capabilities, including methods for the automated creation of taxonomic
names, evaluation of metadata, redistribution and visualization of SeqCode
Registry data and metadata, or integration of the SeqCode in Application
Programming Interfaces (APIs) and webservers.
Development of methods for the evaluation of genomic data quality, including
the implementation of software, the proposal of new algorithms, the
systematic evaluation of existing methodologies, the development of
ontologies, or the development of community activities towards the above
Advancing prokaryotic systematics through the use of the SeqCode, including
proposing a significant corpus of taxonomic names under the SeqCode,
evaluating the impact of the SeqCode on prokaryotic taxonomy, publishing
material that advances the integration and compatibility of the SeqCode with
other codes of nomenclature, or otherwise publishing original research that
furthers the aims and principles of the SeqCode.
Creation and dissemination of educational materials related to the SeqCode
in any media, including hosting workshops, creation of shareable class
materials, publication of documentation (including tutorials), or production
of artistic works.
Applicants must demonstrate outstanding contributions to one or more of the
areas above. Scientists at any career stage are eligible, and early career
scientists and graduate students are particularly encouraged to participate.
All contributions developed and/or published during the two years prior to the
application deadline will be considered. Applicants should clearly indicate
the outcomes and impact of their contributions, and outline their individual
contributions in the case of collaborations.
Elected members of the SeqCode Committee are not eligible for the SeqCode
Submissions are now open at:
The following information is required:
- Applicant’s information (name, affiliation, career stage)
Abstract describing the contribution and highlighting the impact or
potential impact of the contribution on the SeqCode (up to 200 words)
Two letters of support from collaborators or researchers impacted by the
contribution. Letters must be emailed directly to the evaluation committee
by the submission deadline.
Link(s) to the contribution. For example, link to a published article,
preprint, repository, video or playlist, podcast, website, etc.
Additional attachments are accepted in cases in which publicly available
resources cannot capture the breadth of the contribution. For example, in
the cases of evaluation material from live workshops, conferences, or
Only one applicant and two supporters will be considered per application.
All highlighted contributions must be publicly available by the submission
deadline. In the case of manuscripts under review, preprints are accepted as
Outcomes and impact on the advancement of the aims and principles of the
The potential to incorporate the proposed contributions in the SeqCode
Letters of support. The content will be assessed by the evaluation
committee, and greater weight will be given to support from more senior
scientists that do not share affiliations with the applicant (i.e.,
from a different research institute or department)
Contributions developed or published on or after February 2022 will be
The awardee will receive financial travel support to attend ISME 2024 of up to
€2000. The awardee and their contribution will be highlighted in the SeqCode
Submission deadline: January 31, 2024