2006 European Young Investigator Awards

This October, at the 3rd Annual EURYI Award Ceremony, twenty-five researchers will receive awards which will enable them to create research teams in Europe to focus on cutting-edge science research.

Entering its fourth year, EURYI – the European Young Investigator Awards scheme – is designed to attract outstanding young scientists from around the world to create their own research teams at European research centres. Most awards are between €1,000,000 and €1,250,000, comparable in size to the Nobel Prize, and the average age of awardees is 30-35 years.

The list of the 2006 Awardees includes researchers who will be based in 11 countries – Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

The list of names, project titles and project host countries is attached (http://www.esf.org/esf_genericpage.php?language=0§ion=10&domain=0&genericpage=2606) The EURYI Awards are offered by 20 European national research organisations in an open competition with no "juste retour". Candidates are selected on the basis of their future potential and their academic and research excellence. Competition is intensive, with 457 applications received for this year's Third Call.

The EURYI Awards scheme was developed by the European Heads of Research Councils (EUROHORCS), in collaboration with the European Science Foundation (ESF), to attract outstanding young researchers from anywhere in the world to work in Europe for the further development of European science, contributing to building up the next generation of leading European researchers. The very First Call of the scheme was launched in September 2003, and resulted in 25 Awards being made in July 2004. A Further 25 Awards were made in 2005 after the Second Call.

Candidates are selected by a two-stage process, firstly at the national level by the relevant Participating Organisation and secondly at the international level by high-level scientific panels managed by the ESF. ESF's role in the coordination and selection processes of EURYI is supported by funds from the European Commission's Framework Programme 6.

AWARD EVENT FOR THE EURYI AWARDS FOR 2006

The 2006 Awardees will receive a diploma at a special ceremony being organised in Prague 13 October 2006. Press invitations and more detailed information about the awards will be circulated in September.

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FULL LIST OF AWARDEES: http://www.esf.org/esf_genericpage.php?language=0§ion=10&domain=0&genericpage=2606


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