The Konishi Neuroethology Research Awards are named in honor of Masakazu (Mark) Konishi, a leader in the neurobiological study of natural behavior whose outstanding work on prey capture by owls and singing in songbirds continues to excite and inspire neuroethologists around the world.
The Konishi Neuroethology Research Awards are intended to promote research by early career investigators. Funds awarded can be used to cover any direct research expenses (including travel to a field site) but conference travel, participation in formal workshops or courses, and salaries are excluded. Applications will be reviewed on the basis of scientific merit, feasibility of the project, and consistency with the mission of the ISN.
Eligibility: All early career investigators who are members of the ISN at the time of application; for the purposes of this research award, an early career investigator is defined as a graduate student currently enrolled in a doctoral program or an investigator who has received a doctoral degree within the past 10 years; investigators more than 10 years beyond the doctoral degree are welcome to apply, but must provide a statement on their biosketch explaining why their career path was interrupted.
Topics: Neuroethology seeks to understand the neural basis of natural animal behavior. All research topics encompassed within the field of neuroethology will be considered.
Proposals should be sent as a single PDF file to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Amount: Funds are available to support a small number of awards of up to $2,500. Awards are not renewable. Early career investigators may only apply for a single award per deadline. Awardees may apply for a subsequent award for a different project, but priority will be given to new applicants over previous awardees.
Application deadline: Applications for the 2017 deadline are no longer being accepted. The deadline for the 2018 awards is April 30, 2018.
Konishi Awards Guidelines.pdf
2016 Konishi Neuroethology Research Awards
Gervasio Batista (Albert Einstein College): Translational control of structural plasticity during the critical period for imprinting
Kathryn Feller (University of Bristol, UK): The sensory-strike conversion: Neural control of the predatory strike behavior in stomatopods
2015 Konishi Neuroethology Research Awards
Michael Yartsev (UC Berkeley): Neural basis of vocal learning in bats: The first mammalian animal model
Lisa Mangiamele (Smith College): Neuromuscular mechanisms of multimodal signaling in the foot-flagging frog
2014 Konishi Neuroethology Research Awards
Martin How (University of Bristol): Polarization vision in fiddler crabs: using behaviour to test neural models
Lauren O’Connell (Harvard University): Neural basis of paternal care in a poison frog
Jessica Fox (Case Western Reserve University): Measuring haltere movements during body rotations in flight