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EuroTech Future Award 2023

Recognising early-career researchers’ excellent contributions to a more sustainable world. Open for submissions from 01/02 to 09/04/2023!

The six EuroTech Universities are leading European universities of science and technology. We join forces to build a strong, sustainable, sovereign, and resilient Europe. Contributing to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is a core element of our vision as an alliance, and we are proud of the achievements of our researchers that help Europe and the world advance on their way to a more sustainable future. The EuroTech Future Award recognises excellent scientific contributions to the UN SDGs by EuroTech researchers that are at the beginning of their career.

The award

The award is given by the EuroTech Universities Alliance members:

  • Technical University of Denmark
  • École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne
  • École Polytechnique
  • Technion – Israel Institute of Technology
  • Eindhoven University of Technology
  • Technical University of Munich

It is conceived as a distinction and comes with the following financial rewards:

  • 1st place: €2,000
  • 2nd place: €1,000
  • 3rd place: €500


To be eligible, participants need to fulfil the following criteria:

  • To be employed by a EuroTech University in a non-permanent position at the time of the deadline (9 April 2023, 17:00 CET).
  • To have received their doctoral degree (date of thesis defence) less than five years before the time of the deadline (9 April 2023, 17:00 CET). Exceptions can be made for proven career breaks.
Promotional image for the EuroTech Future Award 2023, an award for early-career researchers


The EuroTech Future Award is given to early-career researchers for outstanding achievements in any research topic that contributes to achieving one or more of the 17 United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. Participants need to demonstrate the excellence and impact of their research and relate it to at least one SDG. At the same time, the award recognises the participants’ ability to communicate about their research in a way that allows non-experts, particularly policymakers and citizens, to understand their contribution to a more sustainable world.

To qualify for the award, key (intermediate) results have to be demonstrated. Submissions referring to research in a conceptual or early implementation phase will be disregarded. The submission can refer to a specific completed or ongoing project, but this is not mandatory.

International collaboration is a focus of the EuroTech Universities Alliance. We therefore particularly welcome submissions that include collaboration with a further EuroTech University. If substantial collaboration can be demonstrated, a bonus will be given in the evaluation phase.


The timeline for the 2023 award is as follows:

1 February 2023, 09:00 CET
9 April 2023, 17:00 CET
May 2023
22 June 2023

Call opens

Call closes

Winners are informed

Award ceremony

1 February 2023, 09:00 CET

Call opens

1 February 2023, 09:00 CET
9 April 2023, 17:00 CET

Call closes

9 April 2023, 17:00 CET
May 2023

Winners are informed

May 2023
22 June 2023

Award ceremony

22 June 2023

How to participate

Submissions must be made between 01/02 and 09/04/2023 (17:00 CET) by using this form:

A complete submission – next to some administrative data – consists of the following blocks:


Executive summary of your research in laypersons’ terms

(max. 200 words)

Block 2: IMPACT

Description of key (intermediate) results, of the impact and of how your research contributes to the UN SDGs

(max. 1,000 words)


Tell us what makes you and your research excellent

(open format, max. 5 items) 

The information has to be provided in a single PDF document. Illustrative materials (images, graphs, tables, etc.) may be included. For audio-visual materials, please provide a link. If you would like to invoke particular circumstances having led to a career break, or if you have any other comment, please include this information on a separate page at the end of the PDF file.

Only one submission per participant is admissible. In case of several submissions by the same participant, only the last submission received will be considered.


The winners will be determined by an inter-university jury. The jury is by default composed of the Vice-Presidents for Research of the six EuroTech Universities and the Head of the EuroTech Brussels Office.

Award ceremony

The award ceremony will take place on Thursday, 22 June 2023, in Brussels. Travel expenses of the three winners will be covered. Please note that the date might be subject to change.

Further information

For more detailed information, please see the terms & conditions. We will soon publish an FAQ section, too.
In case of doubt, please send an e-mail to events@eurotech-universities.eu.

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