NeuroPolicy Paper Competition

Knowing Neurons is pleased to announce our upcoming NeuroPolicy Paper Competition, generously sponsored by the Union of Concerned Scientists!

Cerebral organoids. Brain-computer interfaces. Stem cells. Neuromarketing. All of these topics and more are at the forefront of conversations surrounding neuroscience policy, technology, and ethics.

Early-career neuroscientists are invited to submit short-form policy papers that advocate for specific, actionable policies related to neuroscience. Submissions that meet Knowing Neurons' editorial standards will proceed through our editorial process (detailed on our Submissions page) before being evaluated by a panel of judges and published on our website.

First and second place winners will receive cash awards ($300 and $200, respectively), items from our Shop, and an opportunity to appear on Knowing Neurons' podcast. Selected authors may also be supported in advocating for their proposed policies in partnership with key science policy and advocacy organizations.

Eligibility: Undergraduates, graduate students, and PhD/Master's students within 5 years of graduation.

Accepted paper formats: Policy memos, policy briefs, op-eds, or similar short-form policy papers



Submissions will open April 1, 2023, and will close July 1, 2023.


Check back soon for more information on submission guidelines and info sessions.