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EuroTech Future Award 2023

Recognising early-career researchers’ excellent contributions to a more sustainable world.

The submission and evaluation phases 2023 have passed and participants have been informed about the results. Curious about the winners? Find them here!

Thank you to all participants for their truly impressive submissions, and to our Jury for their commitment. Stay tuned for the next edition in 2024.

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 work at 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
End of 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
End of May 2023

Winners are informed

End of 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 composed of the Vice-Presidents for Research of the six EuroTech Universities and the Head of the EuroTech Brussels Office.

Prof. Ambrogio Fasoli
Vice-President Associate for Research, EPFL

Prof. Gerhard Kramer
Senior Vice-President for Research & Innovation, TUM

Prof. Rasmus Larsen
Provost, DTU

Prof. Silvia Lenaerts
Incoming Rector Magnificus, TU/e

Tatiana Panteli
Head of Brussels Office, EuroTech

Prof. Koby Rubinstein
Executive Vice-President for Research, Technion

Prof. Kees van der Beek
Vice-Provost for Research, École Polytechnique

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 also have gathered answers to potential questions in our FAQ sections below. In case of doubt, please send an e-mail to events@eurotech-universities.eu, we are happy to help.

FAQ: Eligibility

How is “early-career researcher” defined?

In the context of the EuroTech Future Award, "early-career researcher" refers to researchers who hold a non-permanent position at one of the six EuroTech Universities and who have received their doctoral degree less than five years before the application deadline, counting from the date of their PhD thesis defence. Having a doctoral degree is required. As a participant, you will most likely be a postdoctoral researcher or assistant professor.

Will interruptions in my career be taken into account when determining my eligibility?

Yes, under certain conditions career breaks can be taken into account, namely if they have been caused by maternity or paternity leave, long-term illness, national service, clinical training, or due to a natural disaster or seeking asylum. Please make sure to specify the reasons in your submission, on a separate page at the end.

FAQ: Submission

Does my submission need to be about a specific project?

No, not necessarily. The award is open to any research as long as it falls within the framework of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals. It does not necessarily need to be linked to a specific project. But you are of course welcome to include results you have obtained through one or more projects in your submission.

Do the results presented need to have been achieved at a EuroTech University?

No, not at all. The results can also stem from previous work you did before joining your current university. 

Can I apply if I'm part of a collaborative project?

Yes, absolutely. Please focus your submission on your personal contributions to that project.

Moreover, demonstrating collaboration with colleagues from other EuroTech Universities will give you a bonus in the evaluation. The submission form includes a dedicated field to highlight such collaborations.

Can I submit multiple applications if I work on different topics?

No, only one application per participant is possible. In fact, we will only take into account your last application we receive and disregard all former submissions.

Can I amend my submission?

To amend your submission, please create a new one. We will take into account only the last submission. It goes without saying that this is only possible before the deadline is reached.

How many Sustainable Development Goals do I need to address?

You need to address one but may address more. It is important that you demonstrate the impact of your research in a credible way with regard to each goal you cite. So limit yourself to really relevant goals and justify the contribution rather than trying to cover as many as possible.

How should I demonstrate impact?

The EuroTech Future Award recognises actual contributions to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. This is why we would like to see some evidence that the research you are putting forward for this award is already bearing fruit. At the same time, we understand that you are at the beginning of your career and you still have some way to go with your research.

For demonstrating impact, it is key to refer to concrete results of your research, even if it is only intermediate results, and to describe how they will help achieve one or more of the SDGs. How will they lead to change? What progress has already been made? How do they pave the way for future progress? Is the output transferable to other research projects or to industry?

How should I demonstrate excellence?

The short answer is: in the way that you find most convincing.

The long answer is: We think that there are different definitions of excellence. This is why the 'Excellence' part does not have a pre-defined format. Possibly indications for excellence can be but are not limited to:

  • Scientific publications,
  • Letters of recommendation or testimonials of respected figures in your field,
  • Grants or awards received, 
  • Contributions to important conferences, 
  • Patent applications,
  • ...

Which indicator(s) you pick is up to you.

Please cite maximum five items in your submission. Keep it short and sweet.

FAQ: Reward

Is the prize money linked to me as a person or to my chair/department?

The prize money is personal money and therefore does not need to be linked to a chair or department (but can be, if you prefer that).

How will the award ceremony look like?

The award ceremony will take place in the frame of the EuroTech Summer Reception in Brussels, scheduled for 22 June 2023. The reception will gather key stakeholders from the European institutions, national and regional representations, representatives of academia and industry, and press. You will be able to present your research to the audience. More information will be communicated in due time.