The 2024 CiteAb Awards: tips for a successful nomination


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In this blog:

  • Find out how you can get involved in the 2024 CiteAb awards
  • Top tips to help your nomination succeed
  • Enter in the awards before the 21st February!

The CiteAb Awards celebrate the very best suppliers and individuals in the research reagent sector worldwide. 

In a sector we feel is often overlooked, we have loved being able to recognise over 50 different companies, several fantastic initiatives, and many individuals’ efforts through our awards.

With out awards now in their tenth year, an exciting mix of new awards alongside familiar favourites have made their return.

This includes both nomination categories and data categories. The data-based categories are determined by using set criteria to analyse our reagent database with, meaning they are not open for nominations.

You are, however, able to enter yourself in the nomination-based categories for free! An impressive panel of independent judges will be deciding our winners in these categories.

Why should I enter in the CiteAb Awards?

Entering in the CiteAb awards is completely free of charge and a great way to get your achievements in the research reagent sector recognised! 

Here’s a few reasons to consider entering: 

  • Receive a marketing pack and promotion on CiteAb’s channels
  • Get presented with a trophy and certificate at AACR by the CiteAb CEO 
  • Join an impressive alumni of past winners (and gain bragging rights!)
Reasons to enter the 2024 CiteAb Awards

What categories are featured in the 2024 CiteAb Awards? 

This year features 13 categories: 7 data-based awards and 6 nomination-based awards. They are as follows:

Tips for a successful nomination

We recommend keeping your entries concise and factually-backed. We do not award the quantity of nominations received, rather the quality of a single nomination. 

If you can provide compelling reasoning for the positive impact made to the scientific community from your product, initiative or nominee in your entry this will be rewarded! 

Our independent judges will be given guidelines on what to look out for in each nomination category. Here are the categories you can enter in and some tips on what our judges will be looking for.

The Innovation Award

Celebrating an innovative product that has filled a gap in the market or provided a new solution

For this category judges will be looking at three main themes:

  • How novel the solution is or if it has addressed a gap in the market 
  • What is the value added to researchers in their work?
  • The wider industry impact of the product

The judges:

  • Asel Sartbaeva: Associate Professor of Chemistry at Bath University and CEO of EnsiliTech
  • Victoria Sherwood: Scientific and Medical writer and host of the STEM careers blog, Biomed Badass
  • Lena D’Hooghe: Principal Scientist at UCB

Published Image of the Year

Celebrating the most striking image from a 2023 publication 

  • For this category the team will be looking for the aesthetic impact of the image
  • Submissions will only be counted if published in 2023.

Significant Individual Impact Award

Celebrating individuals who have made a positive mark on the life science industry

In this category we will be considering people at all stages of their career in industry.

The judges will be thinking about the lasting and wider industry impact made by this person on the life science sector, and looking for evidence to back up any claims.

The judges:

  • Paul Whitley, Senior Lecturer at the University of Bath
  • Claire Weston, CEO and founder of Reveal Biosciences
  • James Trimmer, Distinguished professor at University of California, Davis

Digital Science Tool of the Year Award

Celebrating a digital science R&D tool which is helping to drive research progress

Our judges will be looking for:

  • The quality and originality of the tool
  • How effectively this tool helps researchers in their work
  • A tool that has been launched or expanded on in the last year (although this isn’t a requirement for entry)

The judges:

  • Robin Padilla: Director of Product Management at Springer Nature – read more about our partnership with Springer Nature here.
  • Tom Russell: General Manager at JAGGAER – read more about our partnership with JAGGAER RMM here.
  • Daren Young: CEO of FluoroFinder – read more about them here.

Educational Initiative Award

Celebrating an educational resource that has made an impact on the life science research community

Criteria used in this category by our judges will include:

  • The quality of the resource produced
  • The reach in the number of researchers helped
  • The impact made to the researchers who have used the resource (statistics are encouraged!)

The judges:

  • Momna Hejmadi, Associate Pro Vice Chancellor (Education) at the University of Bath
  • Andrew Buchanan, Principal Scientist at AstraZeneca

Researchers’ Choice

Celebrating the supplier researchers have been most impressed by in the past year

In this category we call on scientists to nominate a supplier that has impressed them.

Some examples of previous reasons researchers have given with their nominations are:

  • High quality and great value life science products
  • Customer service that goes above and beyond
  • Scientific support offered

Can I self nominate?

You are able to self-nominate for any category! (with the exception of Researchers’ Choice, where we ask that companies do not nominate themselves). You are also able to enter as many categories as you wish.

To nominate, simply head over to our Awards Website and select the category of interest. Instructions and a short nomination form is available on each page.

Good luck!

If you have any further questions about the CiteAb Awards, please do get in touch with the awards team.

We wish you the best of luck with your entries! And remember, you have until midnight GMT on the 21st February to submit your nominations. 

  • Skye and the CiteAb team
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