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Call for Nominations: Science and Human Rights Innovators 2019

Deadline: Sunday, June 2, 2019


As part of its 10th anniversary celebration, the AAAS Science and Human Rights Coalition will recognize outstanding examples of human rights projects that have effectively incorporated science and technology as integral to the achievement of their goals. The Selection Committee invites nominations that exemplify the Coalition’s values:  collaboration, evidence-based advocacy, innovation, and positive impact on human rights. The selected Science and Human Rights Innovators will be honored at the Science and Human Rights Conference October 23-25, 2019, in Washington, DC, and one project will receive a contribution of $10,000.

Nominations describing projects completed within the past three years can be submitted by members of the project team (i.e., self-nominations) and from external partners or colleagues familiar with the project (for example, a private foundation program officer or scientific association staff member).  

Please submit nominations in the form of a letter of no more than four pages that includes the following details:

  • The names of the partners in the project (i.e., human rights and scientific) and a description of their respective roles. The project must have involved at least one non-governmental organization. Projects that involve partnerships with university research centers, private companies, government agencies, intergovernmental organizations, individual consultants, or other non-NGOs are eligible for recognition, but only NGOs are eligible to receive the financial contribution.
  • The specific human rights objectives of the project. Nominations should describe a specific initiative for which the collaboration was formed. What was the objective?
  • Evidence of the project planning process. This description should include the specific input of each partner from its respective roles and areas of expertise.
  • The active contributions and roles of stakeholders and impacted communities in the project.
  • The effective use of science and technology to achieve the project’s goals.
  • An evaluation of impact. What did the project achieve? How were those achievements measured and evaluated? What are the concrete improvements in peoples’ lives?
  • Originality. What was innovative about your approach? How did this approach change how the partners will work together and individually in the future?

Nomination letters should be accompanied by two letters of reference supporting the nomination. In addition, nomination packages may (but are not required to) include attachments or links to supporting materials such as presentations at conferences, awards, or media coverage.

Nominations are due on Sunday, June 2, 2019. The Committee will notify nominators of its decisions in August 2019. The committee will provide feedback on all nominations.


Please send the nomination package – including nomination letter, reference letters and optional attachments –in one email to the AAAS Science and Human Rights Coalition Secretariat at srhrl@aaas.org.

For the purpose of formatting, letters should be addressed to:

Ms. Jessica Wyndham
Secretariat, AAAS Science and Human Rights Coalition
1200 New York Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20005 USA


Questions about the nomination process should be directed to Theresa Harris at tharris@aaas.org.