The submission and evaluation phases 2023 have passed and participants have been informed about the results.
The winners will be revealed at the EuroTech Universities Summer Reception, taking place on 22 June 2023 in Brussels. Follow this link for more information and to register.
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 awardThe 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
- 1st place: €2,000
- 2nd place: €1,000
- 3rd place: €500
EligibilityTo 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.
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:
Winners are informed
Winners are informed
How to participate
Submissions must be made between 01/02 and 09/04/2023 (17:00 CET) by using this form:
Block 1: COMMUNICATION
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)
Block 3: EXCELLENCE
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
Prof. Silvia Lenaerts
Incoming Rector Magnificus, TU/e
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
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.
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 [email protected], we are happy to help.
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.
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.
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.
No, not at all. The results can also stem from previous work you did before joining your current university.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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).
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.