JoVE Librarian Innovation Award


Faced with the COVID pandemic, the research and education world has quickly adapted, resulting in a time of great innovation. In response to many unforeseen scenarios, the science community has developed new systems and mechanisms to cope with the flux between at-home research and learning, hybrid environments, and returns to in-person activities. 

The shift of education and science research into online environments caused libraries to also adapt, employing new solutions and adjusting their work processes to better support faculty, researchers and students in the transition. This award will recognize creative solutions, especially using visual resources, that libraries developed to support users in these challenging times.


Award Details

JoVE will provide funding, in the form of reimbursement, for professional development up to an amount of $1,500 USD per winner. This funding can be used towards conference participation (whether virtually or in person) and/or course registration related to skill development completed by December 30, 2022.

We will confirm winners globally as follows:

  • One recipient from the United States, Latin America, or Canada
  • One recipient from Europe, Africa, or the Middle East
  • One recipient from Asia, Australia, or New Zealand


Submission guidelines

Interested parties should submit:

  • A short essay (1,000 words max in English) describing 
    • the practice(s) established
    • the steps taken to establish new practices
    • ideas for and benefits of the new practices continuing to be used in a post-pandemic world
  • Examples of any materials used
  • Any evidence pointing to positive results

Preference will be given to innovative approaches in building strong relationships with science students, lab members, researchers, and faculty.

To apply, please fill out this form and submit all documents by July 15, 2021. Application materials should be submitted in PDF format and follow this naming convention: Last Name, First Name, Document Name.






Terms and Eligibility

  • Applicants must be currently employed by, enrolled in or affiliated with an academic institution or corporate, government, or hospital entity.
  • Submissions will be reviewed by a panel of librarians.
  • Submissions may be published on our website and/or be incorporated in the development of content materials for dissemination to a wide audience.
  • Applications must be received by July 15, 2021, and winners will be announced in Fall 2021.
  • Awardees must be willing to participate in JoVE coverage of contest results including a blog post, quoted testimonial, and webinar.







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