Competition prompts information innovation in life-sciences

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Elsevier has launched a competition inviting the scientific community to prototype tools that could innovate how life-sciences information is used in online text databases. Named ‘The Elsevier Grand Challenge: Knowledge Enhancement in the Life Sciences’, the competition is designed to generate useful new ideas that will contribute to improving the productivity of life-science researchers.

‘The Grand Challenge is about enabling scientists to interpret research more efficiently and effectively by recognising relationships and patterns more rapidly than is currently possible. Eventually, we hope to accelerate the course of science’, said Bernard Aleva, Elsevier’s global director of publishing, Life Sciences, ‘One of the best aspects of the Elsevier Grand Challenge is the chance to collaborate very closely with the scientific community to move a little bit closer to this goal.’

The deadline for submitting abstracts for The Elsevier Grand Challenge is July 15th and finalists will be announced at the end of the year. The first place winner will be awarded a cash prize of $35,000 while the second place innovator will receive a $15,000 prize.