15 November 2016
1. The Dutch Medicinal Chemistry Prize, consisting of certificate, a work of art, and a EUR 1,000 cash prize, is awarded by the Board of the Division Medicinal Chemistry of the KNCV, based on the recommendations of an ad hoc Assessment Committee (hereinafter referred to as ‘the Committee’). The winner shall be invited to present his/her work at an academic event organised by the Division.
2. The cash prize is made available by Mercachem B.V.
3. The aforementioned board has the right to either accept or reject the recommendation of the Committee. In case of rejection, the prize shall not be awarded.
4. The dissertation on a medicinal chemistry-related topic* or comparable scientific publication voted best by the panel of judges is awarded the prize. The dissertation must have been successfully defended at a Dutch university in the two years prior to the closing of the submission deadline.
5. Medicinal chemistry* is taken to mean the complex of activities resulting in the synthesis or isolation of substances with biological activity, their analysis and structural interpretation, the identification of (agro) pharmacological, toxicological and other biological activities, their mechanistic interpretation at the molecular level, and the identification of quantitative relationships between structure and biological activity. The aim is to enhance the desirable properties and minimise the undesirable properties of compounds.
6. Dutch candidates, as well as non-Dutch candidates who carried out their dissertation-related research mainly in the Netherlands, are eligible for the award.
7. Promotors and/or staff members involved in the direct supervision of PhD students (co-promoters) shall be invited to nominate candidates for the award in a timely fashion through announcements in C2W,Medicines and through e-mail. Promotors are allowed to nominate more than one candidate. Letters of recommendation are not required but are recommended and will be taken into consideration. Individuals are also allowed to nominate themselves.
8. Nominations must be submitted in quintuplicate and a digital copy of the dissertation must be sent to the secretary of the Division.
9. The Committee consists of a chairman (board member of the Division) and at least two external members (preferably three, of which one from abroad), to be appointed by the Board.
10. The Committee members shall make use of an Excel-based decision matrix made available to them for the purpose of assessing the dissertation. The final decision shall be made jointly by the Committee, based on the decision matrix completed by all members of the Committee and a verbal, plenary meeting or telephone conference call to be held no later than early February.
11. The Committee shall be appointed by the Division Medicinal Chemistry of the KNCV no later than 31 December of the year prior to the awards ceremony and propose its recommendation to the Board in writing immediately after the meeting in which the winner is chosen. The preamble on which this recommendation is based, formulated by the chairman of the Committee and approved by all Committee members, must be provided within one month of the recommendation.
12. The prize will be presented by the chairman of the Division Medicinal Chemistry during its scientific spring session. The awards ceremony shall be appropriately promoted by the Division.
13. Cases not provided for by these Rules and Regulations will be decided by the Division Medicinal Chemistry of the KNCV.
*See also EFMC Position Paper What is Medicinal Chemistry at http://www.efmc.info.