Frequently Asked Questions MapBiomas Award

What are the categories of the 4th Edition of the MapBiomas Award?

The 4th Edition of the MapBiomas Award has four categories: General, Young, Public Policy Applications Highlight and Private Sector Applications Highlight:

  • Young Category: Works whose author is under 30 years old and has not completed graduation or completed it throughout 2021;
  • General Category: Jobs regardless of age and education level;
  • Featured Category Applications for Public Policy: Jobs regardless of age and education level.
  • Featured Category Applications in the Private Sector: Jobs regardless of age and education level.
What are the awards for the 4th Edition of the MapBiomas Award?
  • 1st place in General Category - value of R$ 15,000.00 (fifteen thousand reais);
  • 2nd place in General Category - value of R$ 10,000 (ten thousand reais);
  • 1st place in the Youth Category - value of R$ 10,000 (ten thousand reais);
  • 2nd place in the Youth Category - value of R$5,000 (five thousand reais);
  • Highlight Applications in Public Policies - value of R$ 10,000 (ten thousand reais);
  • Highlight Applications in the Private Sector - amount of R$ 10,000 (ten thousand reais).
What is the registration period?

Applications will take place from November 10, 2021 to February 18, 2022.

How to apply?

Registration is free and 100% online. The author must fill in the form here, within the application period, with personal data and the work being submitted according to the category in which they are competing.

What type of work can be submitted?

Works (studies, articles, monographs, dissertations, theses, reports, practical applications), individual or co-authored, by students from technical, undergraduate or graduate schools, professionals from private companies, can compete for the 4th Edition of the MapBiomas Award. or from NGOs, public administrators, etc. Entries must use or cite data from any MapBiomas initiative, including initiatives from other countries (eg MapBiomas Chaco, Amazon, Bosque Atlântico, Pampa Sul-Americano and Indonesia), and from different products, such as MapBiomas Alert, MapBiomas Fire, MapBiomas Water.

Should the work be unpublished?

No. In addition to unpublished works, those published from 2020 in the form of scientific articles, theses, monographs, books, reports, etc., as per the notice, can compete. For published articles, or those in submission process or accepted for publication in a scientific journal, remember that the MapBiomas Prize winning works will be released in an open and free way to the public, so it is necessary for the article to be published under an Open Access model.

Can I compete again with work submitted in the 3rd Edition of the Award?

Yes, as long as it is unpublished or published from 2020 in the format of scientific articles, theses, monographs, books, reports, etc., as per the notice.

Can other databases be used besides MapBiomas?

Yes. However, entries must use and/or cite data from a MapBiomas initiative.

In the Young Category, do all authors need to be under 30 years old?

No. Only the main author, responsible for the application, needs to be under 30 years old. In the other categories, however, there is no age limitation.

Can an author submit more than one work?

Yes, it is possible to submit more than one work, either individually or collectively. However, each work can only be awarded once.

How many works will be awarded?

Six works will be awarded: 1st and 2nd places in the General Category; 1st and 2nd place in the Youth Category, a winner in the Featured Applications for Public Policy Category and a winner in the Featured Applications in the Private Sector Category.

Are jobs accepted only in Portuguese?

No. It is possible to submit work in Portuguese, English or Spanish. All three languages ​​are supported.

I want to submit my monograph/dissertation/thesis to the MapBiomas Award, does my advisor or supervisor need to sign the authorization form?

The advisor does not need to sign the authorization form, but we suggest including him/her in the question about the mentorship in the application form ("Was this work developed with the participation of an advisor or supervisor? If positive, inform the advisor`s full name."). Also, if your monograph/dissertation/thesis has chapters written in the format of a scientific article that involve the participation of co-authors, everyone must sign the term.

Is it a prerequisite for the work to be published in an electronic medium before registration?

It's not a prerequisite. The work can even be developed with the objective of competing for the prize.

Does the work need to be related to public policy?

Only in the category “Featured in Applications in Public Policies”. The categories "General" and "Youth" and "Highlights in Private Sector Applications" need not be related to the theme.

Who can submit work for the category “Highlights in Private Sector Applications”?

Organizations with a set of activities and which are constituted without the participation of the public sector, and may be for profit or not, that use data from a MapBiomas initiative in their work.

Are registrations open to people residing outside Brazil?

Yes. People from other countries can apply for the award.

Are individuals able to enroll individuals without ties with universities and/or companies?

Yes. We do not require an institutional bond for registration.

In the declaration (Annex II of the award notice), can the authors' signatures be digital?

Yes, authors' signatures can be digital.

What to account for the 10,000-word limit established in the award notice?

The entire body of the text (including introduction, objectives, materials and methods, results, discussion, conclusion and references) counts for the 10,000 word limit. What does not count: (1) attachments or supplementary materials, (2) algorithms and codes used for the analyses, (3) general information about the article such as the title or name and institution of the authors, (4) for published/submitted articles, information from scientific journals, such as the name of the author or the journal in the footnotes or headers of each page.

How to proceed in case the full version of my work (dissertation, thesis and/or article) exceeds the limit of 10,000 words, as established in the award notice?

We suggest adapting your work with a maximum limit of 10,000 words, but that, according to the notice, it presents an introduction, objectives, materials and methods, results, and in PDF format.

Will the winning entries be published openly to the public on the MapBiomas website?

Yes, the winning works will be published openly and free of charge to the public on the award page on the MapBiomas website, as was the case in previous editions.

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