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Applications Open for the 2019 Marathon Health Awards


Applications for the Marathon Health Awards in Biomedical Research 2019 are underway until November 22, and this year they intend to distinguish the two best scientific research projects in the area of Cancer, to be developed in Portugal.

Call has two categories, junior and senior, and is aimed at Portuguese or foreign researchers and/or physicians who have completed their doctoral studies less than ten years (junior category) or more than ten years (senior category) before the opening date of Call. Applications are encouraged that include partnerships between research institutions, based in Portugal, and hospitals or other health institutions, national or foreign. The prize has a unit amount of €20,000 (twenty thousand euros) to be awarded to each project for a maximum period of two years, starting between May and October 2020, and is mostly funded by donations from civil society raised during the Health Marathon television show broadcast by RTP.

This Call is promoted by FCT and Maratona da Saúde Associação (MdS) under the protocol established between both entities in 2014. In this sense, the evaluation of the applications is carried out by a jury proposed by FCT, which will be composed of scientists of recognized international merit in the field of biomedicine. The scientific merit of the candidates and the contribution that the proposed work may have to the discovery of better treatments, cure and prevention of Cancer are two of the several criteria on which the evaluation and selection process is based. In this 6th edition, Janssen was one of the main partners of the initiative and will associate its name to one of the Awards.

The five editions of the Health Marathon Awards in Biomedical Research, held to date, have had about 280 project applications in the areas of Cancer, Diabetes, Neurodegenerative Diseases, Cardiovascular Diseases and Autoimmune Diseases and Allergies. These awards have already distinguished 13 scientists who develop their research work in these areas in Portugal.

More information on the Call