HeritX announces the 2016 BRCA Data Analysis Award, which is designed to inspire researchers across science, technology, engineering and mathematics to focus on projects leading to progress in preventing inherited BRCA cancer. The call for submission was issued in December 2015 and disseminated worldwide under the auspices of national and international associations for biostatistics, biometry and data analysis in partnership with HeritX.

Research to prevent inherited cancer requires the scientific analysis of big data from large genomic data sets.

This requires turning large datasets into smart data and drawing conclusions that can trigger action and help move us closer and faster to our goal, including analysis of data from many families and involving many factors.

The BRCA Data Analysis Award will recognize a compelling investigation related to inherited BRCA cancers and genetics that may benefit the early diagnosis and/or medical prevention of those cancers by using data‐analytic methods. The award includes an honorarium of 1,000 € (for personal use) and a presentation by the investigator of the work at one of the major conferences on data analysis.

The award honors relevant research in the BRCA field and is intended to motivate young researchers across the data analysis community (e.g., IFCS and its Member Societies) to address problems in this field. Qualified research needs to be completed in 2015-2016, and its principal author must be 40 years old or younger. The winner will be selected through an award committee drawn from the fields of BRCA and data analysis, which is orchestrated by Hans-Hermann Bock, RWTH Aachen University, Germany.

Interested researchers are invited to submit a summary of their investigation and explain its relevance to a) the field of BRCA and b) its potential benefit of the early diagnosis and/or medical prevention of BRCA-related cancer. Applications should be sent together with standard personal details and either the published paper, accepted thesis, or submitted manuscript of the investigation. Candidates will be notified by the end of 2016.

Submissions are due by September 30, 2016. For more information, see