About the Prize

The ASM Microbiome Data Prize recognizes distinguished research achievements that support open data practices, development of standards and processes for data quality and sharing, and data workflows and management best practices that have advanced the microbial sciences. The Prize also recognizes innovative and impactful analysis of microbiome data that has changed our understanding of the microbiome and the microbial sciences field. These significant contributions to the many facets of the microbiome data lifecycle may include:
  • Developing and supporting data standards, ontologies, and technological advances to support collection, description, and distribution of microbiome data.
  • Establishing and maintaining open-source scientific software in support of microbiome data processing or analysis that supports best practices in the field.
  • Taking innovative approaches to analyze microbiome data to deliver new insights and/or partnerships.
  • Advancing data management systems, repositories, or knowledge bases to support access and distribution of microbiome data.
  • Championing data stewardship through teaching, training, mentoring, or other engagement activities to substantially support microbiome data science. 

Benjamin Callahan, Ph.D.

Benjamin Callahan, Ph.D.

North Carolina State University

2023 ASM Microbiome Data Prize Awardee

Past Awardees


ASM Corporate Council
Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation


Applicants must demonstrate outstanding accomplishments in open data science and data management for microbiological research. Applicants should clearly outline the outcome(s) and impact(s) of their work on the research community. Applications can be based on a single exceptionally significant achievement or the aggregate of a number of exemplary achievements. Scientists at any career stage are eligible.    

** Note: The Prize recognizes an individual contribution to a research project. The application must clearly demonstrate the unique contribution of the individual.

Review Criteria:

  • Demonstrated scientific contributions towards data stewardship, data analysis, open science and a lasting commitment to advancing microbiome data science.
  • Data or software that are publicly available and accessible will be a plus.
  • Clear impact beyond a singular scientific output as evidenced by usage within the research community.
  • Strong letters of support from non-funded collaborators or research community members on data or software contributions.


Please note the following:
  • Applications will be considered without updating for 3 years.
  • Each individual can only submit 1 application per year. 
  • Letters of support from 2 non-funded collaborators must be submitted. ASM will invite supporters identified by the applicant to submit their letters of support electronically. 
  • The 2 supporters cannot be in the same employment unit (e.g., department, institute, center, company) as the applicant. 
Applications must consist of the following:
  1. Application Form. (Note: The application form is an online form. ASM membership is not required to apply. However, each applicant will need to create an ASM account, or log in to his or her current ASM account, to complete the application).
  2. Curriculum Vitae (CV), including a list of publications.
  3. Two Letters of Support from non-funded collaborators.
ASM awards and prizes are granted at the discretion of award selection committees and may not be awarded every year.

Questions? Contact awards@asmusa.org.