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NOMINATIONS GUIDELINE (March 30th, 2018)

PURPOSE AND DESCRIPTION OF THE PRIZE

The spread of infectious diseases poses a common threat to all humankind. Mindful that Africa faces this scourge most acutely, the Government of Japan established the Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize in July 2006. In memory of Dr. Hideyo Noguchi (1876-1928), whose belief in medical advancement and self-sacrificing activities in Africa remains a beacon of inspiration to all, the Prize carries forward his ideals and aspirations for advancing the global fight against infectious and other diseases that prevail in Africa. In so doing, the Prize works to improve the health and welfare of the African people while contributing to the welfare of all humankind.

The Prize consists of two categories: Medical Research which honors individual(s) and Medical Services which honors individual(s) and organization(s).

This time, the award ceremony will be held to coincide with the 2019 7th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) in Japan. This will be the third in the succession of Prizes, the first being awarded in 2008 and the second in 2013.

The Prize is awarded in both the medical research and medical services categories, with a citation, medal and 100 million yen (equivalent to about one million US dollars).

The selection process comprises two stages: (1) a recommendation of up to three candidates by each of the two sub-Committees, one for the medical research category established under the auspices of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) and the other for the medical services category established under the African Regional Office (AFRO) of the World Health Organization, and (2) a final deliberation of the candidates is made in the two categories by the Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize Committee, which makes referrals to the Prime Minister for final decision.

NOMINATION GUIDELINES AND REQUIREMENTS

1. SCOPE

Medical Research

  • Basic medical research
  • Clinical medical research
  • Research in all fields of life science closely related to medicine

Medical Services

  • Field-level medical/public health activities to combat diseases and advance public health

2. ELIGIBILITY

No distinction will be made based on the nationality, age or gender of the nominees, who are limited to people still living. Nominee eligibility for the two categories are as follows:

Medical Research

  • Nominations are in principle to be for one individual. In the case of joint research, however, a maximum of three individuals will be considered.

Medical Services

  • In the case of nominating an organization, nominations are limited to one currently active organization.
  • Nominations are in principle to be one individual or one organization per activity. Under exceptional circumstances, however, when more than one individual or organization work as a team, a maximum of three individuals or organizations will be considered.

3. NOMINATION/SELECTION CRITERIA

The Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize shines a light on important research and activities carried out in the field to tackle directly issues affecting people who live in Africa. It recognizes medical research and medical service activities that call to mind Dr. Noguchi’s gallantry, frontier spirit, spirit of dedication and love for humanity. It is upon these basic precepts that the following selection processes are based.

Medical Research

  • The research has established original and/or milestone concepts for better understanding the pathology or the human and environmental ecology of infectious or other diseases prevalent in Africa, or has improved (1) clinical management, (2) ecological management, or (3) patient therapy relevant to such diseases.
  • The research results have in practice contributed, or will contribute in the near future, to improving measures for controlling or treating infectious or other diseases prevalent in Africa. This includes research that has had, or is expected to have, an important influence on the policies of African governments or on international agencies. This also includes research that is expected to link African researchers or African research organizations to programs and initiatives that advance international research and collaboration.
  • Research results that contribute to other regions but are centered on Africa.

Medical Services

  • The activity is aimed to fight against infectious or other diseases prevalent in Africa or to improve public health in Africa
  • The activity has broad and direct impact on the improvement of health and welfare of the African people, particularly the poor and contributes to achieving universal health coverage.
  • The activities have been carried out on-site for more than 5 years under a defined goal and structured plan. They should have results that can be sustainably developed, allowing other regions of Africa with similar conditions to derive reference or training possibilities from the results.
  • The Activities need to have evidence in scientific journals, accounting documents, reports,etc.
  • The activities should not be biased to the extent that beneficiaries are neither to be selected nor rejected based on their political, ideological or religious backgrounds.

4. NOMINATION INFORMATION

Please fill out the attached HIDEYO NOGUCHI AFRICA PRIZE NOMINATION FORM following the instructions below. Please note that the evaluation of the nominee’s contributions will depend heavily on the quality of information supplied in your nomination forms. Therefore, your nomination should be accurate, detailed and current. Please prepare all documents in English. The nominator and nominee may not be the same person.

  • Please provide a brief description of the nominee’s contributions in the area of medical research or medical services within the context of the Prize’s concept. (about 50 words)
  • Please provide the titles of publications that represent the nominee’s contributions. (Please mark 4-5 of best publications among them if there are many.)
  • Please outline how and why the research/activity of the nominee has contributed to the advancement and improvement of measures against infectious and other diseases prevalent in Africa, if any. (about 2 pages)
  • Please present a brief biography including academic, administrative and/or research positions, awards and/or recognitions.
  • Please arrange for other specialists familiar with the nominee’s work to provide supporting letters. (up to 5 letters)

Please note that nomination forms may be downloaded from either "2019 the Third Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize Nominations Open (nomination deadline: July 31st, 2018)" or the JSPS website.

5. SUBMISSION ADDRESSES

For medical research nominations, please use the JSPS electronic application system. (If not possible, please put your nomination in MS WORD or PDF format and email it to the below address.)
For medical services nominations, please put your nomination in MS WORD or PDF format and email it to the below address.
If necessary, nominations may be submitted by postal mail. However, please do not fax your nominations.

Medical Research

Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize Medical Research Selection Committee
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science(JSPS)
5-3-1 Kojimachi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0083 Japan
Electronic Application System(JSPS)
E-mail: nh-africa@jsps.go.jp

Medical Services

Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize Medical Services Selection Committee
WHO Regional Office for Africa (AFRO)
Cité du Djoué, P.O.Box 06 Brazzaville, Republic of Congo
E-mail: noguchiprize@who.int

6. DEADLINE

The nominations and supporting letters must reach the respective secretariat by no later than July 31th, 2018.

7. ENQUIRIES

Medical research nominations

Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize Medical Research Selection Committee
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)
5-3-1 Kojimachi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0083 Japan
Tel: +81-3-3263-1938/1883
E-mail: nh-africa@jsps.go.jp
URL: https://www.jsps.go.jp/english/e-noguchiafrica/index.html

Medical services nominations

Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize Medical Services Selection Committee
WHO Regional Office for Africa (AFRO)

Cité du Djoué, P.O.Box 06 Brazzaville, Republic of Congo
Tel: + (47 241) 39100 / + (47 241) 39695 / + (242) 05770202
E-mail: noguchiprize@who.int
URL: http://www.noguchiprize.afro.who.int/

General information about the Prize

Office of Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize, Cabinet Office, Tokyo
Inquiry form [Comments and Question]
Tel: +81-3-5501-1774, Fax: +81-3-3502-6255
URL: http://www.cao.go.jp/noguchisho/english/index.html

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