GBV Science Fair

The Global Women’s Institute and the Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI) are partnering to promote safe and ethical Gender-Based Violence (GBV) research.  The GBV Science Fair offers opportunities for your research to reach a global audience and have the potential to win cash prizes. To enter, simply create a short video abstract about your research during or after SVRI. Entries will be accepted until May 1, 2016!

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Three videos will then be selected by an expert panel to receive a cash prize: winner ($1000), runner-up ($500) and third place ($250). GBV Science Fair entries can also be considered for prizes in the cross-disciplinary 5-Minute Science Fair which will start taking 2016 entries this winter. 

The expert panel will take into account:

  • Significance of Research:  Will the proposed research project serve to strengthen the knowledge base on GBV?  Will the research lead to larger research projects?  Does the researcher have a dissemination plan?
  • Scientific Merit:  How sound are the research methods (e.g. research questions, sampling strategies, data collection methods, analysis strategies)?  What is the study's perceived likelihood of success? 
  • Judging criteria described below.


Click here for ideas of what you might want to include in your video abstract.


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Selection of Judges

Five experts in the field of Gender-based Violence (GBV) were chosen to decide the winners of the online GBV Science Fair.  The judges scored the individual videos according to the judging criteria outlined below to arrive at a group of finalist videos. The judges gathered and discussed the results to verify they reflected the criteria and purpose of the GBV Science fair which seeks to encourage researchers to consolidate their ideas, crystalize their research discoveries, and share those broadly with the world.


Judging Criteria

Innovation – Does the research help to significantly advance the discipline (e.g., technically, theoretically, methodologically)? Does it touch upon an area of research that has not been previously explored and documented?  Does the research open a new area of understanding related to GBV?

Application – Does the research have practical applications (e.g., for society, for multiple settings, for other disciplines and types of violence, for other researchers)?

Ethical Considerations:

Presentation – Did the video clearly and concisely describe the research methods, findings, and applications?  Where ethical issues and/or implications that arise from the research adequately addressed in the video?

Comprehension -- Did the video help the viewers understand the research (including the methods, findings, and applications)?


1. Video presentations are limited to a maximum of 5 minutes. Submissions exceeding 5 minutes are automatically disqualified (with a 10 second grace period for turning on and off the recorder).

2. All submissions must be pinned to and have a completed entry form (below) by May 1, 2016.

3. Presentations are to be spoken word (e.g., no poems, raps or songs).

4. All decisions of the review panel are final. 

5. You can submit multiple entries. All entries are considered in the "Best in Fair" competition.  Only entries that indicate a specific discipline or topic area in the Entry Form will be eligible for prizes in those areas.  If an entry is considered a winner for both a "Best in Fair" and a topic area prize, the prize of greater value will be awarded to that winner.

6. All winning entries will be required to provide documentation validating the authenticity of the research.

How to Enter

1. To enter, create a video abstract on your research.

2. Post the video abstract to following the provided instructions.

3. Complete an official entry form below: 

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