Competitions and awards

Every year, Masaryk University announces a competition for the Rector's Award. Each faculty then announces a competition for the Dean's Award, and it is also responsible for nominations for competitions announced outside Masaryk University. Such competitions include, for example, the Werner von Siemens Award, Neuron Awards or different awards of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports.

The goals of the competitions are different: to draw attention to the importance of quality educational activities, to support authors of the best student and scientific works, to appreciate the excellent work of university teachers, to highlight significant innovations in educational activities and examples of good practice, or to contribute to the development of Czech higher education, research and development.

Even in the case of competitions that do not directly require it, it is possible to support the nomination on behalf of the Rector of Masaryk University. If you are interested in this option, it is necessary that the nomination be approved in advance by the dean of the faculty (or the director of HS). If you are interested in such support, please contact us as soon as possible.

All university awards that have been granted can be found here. Awards awarded outside Masaryk University since 2011 can be found here (in Czech).

Ongoing competitions

Werner von Siemens Prize

Every year, Siemens, s.r.o. announces the Werner von Siemens Prize, which is aimed primarily at students and young scientists, as well as teaching staff. The aim of the competition is to reward the authors of the best student and scientific papers and university teachers focusing on all technical disciplines and natural sciences, and thus contribute to the development of Czech higher education, science and research.

Competition categories:

  1. The most significant result of basic research
  2. Best pedagogical worker
  3. Best thesis
  4. Best dissertation

Special Award:

  1. Award for overcoming obstacles to study
  2. Siemens CEO's Special Award for Excellence in Women's Scientific Work
  3. Best graduate thesis (diploma/dissertation) dealing with technologies falling under the Industry 4.0 concept
  4. Best graduate thesis (diploma/dissertation) dealing with smart infrastructure and energy

The winners will receive a financial award. 

Deadline for submissions

  • The proposal in the Best Pedagogical Worker category is submitted by the Rector, so please send all submissions in electronic form no later than 20 October 2021.
  • The deadline for submission of nominations for the other categories is 20 November 2021. If you wish to support the nomination on behalf of the Rector, please send all supporting documents in electronic form no later than 20 October 2021.

Submissions can be made electronically via the online form on the organiser's website. The application process is open from August 2021.

Student Recommendation is an invitation to students, teachers or the general public (hereinafter referred to as "the recommender") who know a student in their circle who has written and defended his/her final thesis or dissertation within the period specified in these conditions. The recommender shall fill in a brief form which is published on the official website of the competition. The Prize Coordinator may then invite the recommended student to submit his/her thesis. In the event that the recommended student is awarded first place in the Best Thesis or Best Dissertation category, the recommender will be awarded 10,000 CZK.

Detailed information can be found on the competition website (in Czech).

The Albert Einstein Prize and The José Vasconcelos Prize for Education

The World Cultural Council launches the Albert Einstein Prize and the José Vasconcelos Prize to recognize individuals and institutions that have achieved outstanding success in science and education.

  1. The Albert Einstein Prize is awarded for work in the life sciences, such as neuroscience, biology, biochemistry, medicine, etc., and in the natural sciences, such as mathematics, physics and astronomy.
  2. The José Vasconcelos Prize for Education is awarded to educators and world leaders in the field of teaching and education. The nominated individual or team should have had a significant impact on the development of human culture.

Candidates for the award may be nominated by, for example, directors of institutes and organisations, rectors of universities or eminent personalities in science and culture.

The application form is listed on the award website.

  • Cover letter
  • Candidate's curriculum vitae
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • One to two pages of justification for the candidate's appointment, listing his or her major achievements
  • List of 10 most important publications
  • List of all the candidate's publications with titles translated into English
  • A photograph of the candidate

The deadline for submitting nominations for MU is November 1, 2021. The deadline for submissions for the competition is November 20, 2021. For more information about the awards, please see this web link.

GAMU competitions

The Rector of Masaryk University announces the Masaryk University Grant Agency competitions for 2022:

MUNI Award in Science and Humanities (deadline December 10, 2021)

The main goal of the MASH is to bring outstanding and successful external scientists to MU and offer them such conditions that they are motivated to stay, work for MU and produce outstanding scientific results in the long term. To the recipient of this award we offer:

  • the opportunity to pursue their independent research at a progressive university in a Central European centre of innovation and development,
  • 5 000 000 CZK per year for 5 years,
  • office and laboratory facilities for the research team,
  • welcome service and administrative support.

MUNI Award in Science and Humanities JUNIOR (deadline December 10, 2021)

The main objective of the so-called MASH JUNIOR is to create conditions for the early achievement of autonomy in research for exceptionally promising researchers shortly after Ph.D., to accelerate the career progression of talented scientists, to facilitate the preparation of prestigious grants and to strengthen "brain circulation".

The MASH JUNIOR holder will have a full-time position at MU and the place of work will primarily be Brno. Within 2 years from the start of MASH JUNIOR, the holder must submit an ERC grant application to the European Commission or start the implementation of an ERC grant at MU. The MASH JUNIOR holder is offered 2 000 000 CZK/year for 3 years (with the possibility of extension for another 2 years).


International Grants Arrangements HORIZONS (from November 1, 2021)

The financial support will be awarded for expenses linked with the preparation of exceptionally prestigious and significant projects of international providers (e.g. European Commission grants). These projects must be submitted within 12 months after the grant award. This financial support will be awarded in two financially distinguished categories:

  • The preparation of projects where the MU employee engaged in scientific research is the main applicant.
  • The preparation of projects where the MU employee engaged in scientific research is a co-applicant.

Experientia Foundation Competitions

START YOUR CAREER AT A PRESTIGIOUS GLOBAL UNIVERSITY

The Experientia Foundation is launching its 10th annual competition for annual scholarships for internships abroad at prestigious universities around the world for young scientists who have or will soon complete their PhD. The prerequisites are age up to 35 and the most interesting project in the field of organic, bioorganic or medicinal chemistry.

If you meet the above conditions, then there is a unique chance for you to go on a one-year internship at a prestigious foreign university of your choice. All you need to do is to come up with an original project, approach your dream institute and apply for an award. Selected candidates will be invited to a joint meeting of the Grants Committee and the Board of Trustees of the Experientia Foundation, where they will have the opportunity to present their project in more detail. This meeting is usually held at the end of May.

The deadline for applications is 15 March 2022. The application form can be found on the foundation's website.


START A RESEARCH GROUP WITH A START-UP GRANT OF CZK 2 MILLION

The Experientia Foundation announces the next edition of the competition for a three-year start-up grant of CZK 2 million per year for young scientists working in the field of organic, bioorganic or medicinal chemistry. Thanks to this, they motivate top young scientists to return to the Czech Republic after their internship abroad and establish an independent research group at one of the Czech institutes. The host institution also donates an additional CZK 700,000 per year to the grant recipient.

If you are a young scientist (max. 5 years since the completion of your PhD studies) with at least one year of foreign experience, please send your project to the competition for the establishment of your own research group. The competition, which is judged by international reviewers, assesses the quality of the project as well as its ambition and high-risk-high-gain nature.

The deadline for submissions is 15 March 2022. Information on what the project should look like and how to proceed if you are interested in applying can be found on the foundation's website

Non-ongoing competitions

Dean's Award

The Dean's Award is governed by the Dean's Measure No. 7/2019 in the Terms of Scholarship Programmes of the Faculty of Science Masaryk University and are announced annually in order to support the creative activities of outstanding students of bachelor's, master's, and doctoral study programs. Proposals for the award are submitted by the directors of individual institutes.

In 2021, two categories were announced:
a) the best student of the bachelor's and master's study program
b) the best student of the doctoral study program

For each category, the director of the institute can nominate 1 person, for large institutes up to 2 persons. There is no form for the Dean's Award, just send a short evaluation of the proposed student. No additional attachments are needed.

Rector's Award

Every year, the rector of Masaryk University issues a call for nominations for the Masaryk University Rector’s Award. This prize is awarded in several categories as established by MU Directive No. 7/2016 – Masaryk University Rector's Award (in Czech only). The winners receive an MU medal, a diploma, and a monetary award. The rector usually confers the awards during a ceremony held during Dies academicus or during other celebrations.

In 2021, the award was announced in the following categories:

  • Rector’s Award for Outstanding Creative Activity,
  • Rector’s Award for Outstanding Artistic Activity,
  • Rector’s Award for an Outstanding Sports Performance,
  • Rector’s Award for Extraordinary International Grant Competition Results,
  • Rector’s Award for Outstanding Research Results Achieved by Young Scientists under 35,
  • Rector’s Award for Long-term Excellence in Research,
  • Rector’s Award for Outstanding Teachers,
  • Rector’s Award for Innovations in Teaching,
  • Rector’s Award for Exceptional Students in MU Master’s Programmes,
  • Rector’s Award for Best students in MU Doctoral Programmes,
  • Rector’s Award for an Outstanding Doctoral Thesis,
  • Rector’s Award for the Active Development of Civil Society,
  • Rector’s Award for Volunteering.

Vice-rector's award for excellent results in doctoral studies

The aim of this award, which is part of the so-called Strengthening of the appreciation of excellent study results of doctoral students (measure 3C), is to increase the number of doctoral students who complete their studies in the standard study period, possibly extended by one year, with excellent results processed in their dissertation. The award should motivate students and their supervisors to successfully complete their studies in the shortest possible time and to prepare and process excellent research and dissertations.

Conditions for submitting a nomination
  1. The nominated students successfully defended their dissertations in the academic year 2020/2021 (in the period from 1 September 2020 to 31 August 2021),
  2. they completed their studies in the standard period of study (max. increased by one year),
  3. their works are based on excellent scientific results – mainly the first author's publications in the best journals (typically Q1 according to WoS), or another field-specific excellent result.
Rules
  • Funds in the amount of CZK 2.6 million are available, which will be distributed among graduates and their supervisors from all 10 MU faculties
    • 25 000 CZK for a doctoral student and 25 000 CZK for the supervisor
    • with regard to the funds provided under measure 3C, there is a predefined number of nominations from individual faculties that can be awarded (12 pairs for the Faculty of Science)
  • Nominations at the Faculty of Science will first be assessed by the Dean's Board, and the award will then be decided by the Vice-Rector for Research and Doctoral Studies at MU
  • Awarded graduates and their supervisors will receive a decree and financial reward at the end of 2021
Requirements for nominations
  • student's identification incl. information on the length of his studies
  • description of his excellent results
  • list of student's publications, optionally list of his other outputs
  • supervisor's identification
  • the nomination for each student is submitted on a separate form

Nominations for the Faculty of Science are collected by Bc. Procházková and will be assessed by the Dean's Board. Selected nominations will be submitted to the Rector's Office by 30 September for assessment by the Vice-Rector for Research and Doctoral Studies at MU.

MUNI Innovation Award

Award for individual students and employees, whose outcomes have been successfully introduced into practice, helped to improve products or services or contributed to increase the practical application of knowledge and activities of the MU.

Rules
  • A nomination for the award of a student or employee of MU can be submitted by anyone.
  • The nominated person must be an employee or student of MU.
  • The reasons for nomination are: inventions, projects, technologies, services and other relevant social valid activities and oucomes, which have been successfully implemented into the praxis, helped to improve products or services, or about which the proposer is convinced that they have contributed to increase the social relevance of the MU research or that meet the criteria for a significant innovation act.
  • Nominations can be submitted via the electronic form until September 15, 2021.
  • A proposer may send several nominations.
  • The nomination must be justified (by e.g. description of the innovative act, explaining what makes this act innovative, extraordinary and beneficial, what is its application in practice, why it shloud be awarded, etc.).
  • The award is awarded for relevant outcomes or activities, that have arisen, have been published, used or applied in the period from 1st January 2015 to 30th June 2021.
  • Up to 30 nominated persons can receive gifts and a financial amount in the total sum of CZK 1,700,000.
Evaluation

The evaluation is carried out by an independent commission composed of professional university and non-university public, the MU Council for Technology Transfer and Commercial Cooperation, MU management, and representatives of faculties or other interested MU economic centers.

Announcement of results

The results will be announced as part of the traditional MU Business Research Forum event in the form of a ceremony on November 11, 2021.

Further information, including the nomination form, can be found here.

MŠMT Award for Extraordinary Results of Research, Experimental Development and Innovation

The prize may be awarded to natural persons for extraordinary results of research, experimental development and innovation achieved on the basis of support provided from targeted or institutional expenditures on research, experimental development and innovation from the budget chapter of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of which no more than five years have elapsed until the date of submission of the proposal for the award of the Prize. The prize is awarded to citizens of the Czech Republic.

In the selection, the Ministry assesses in particular the contribution of the results achieved in the field of research, experimental development, and innovation, or the application of these results, for the Czech Republic and the international significance of the achieved results.

The proposal is sent on a completed form together with two expert opinions and is submitted by the MU Rector. For this reason, please submit the nomination in two copies no later than September 10, 2021. We will then forward the proposals to the Rector's Office for further processing. Nominations are to be submitted to the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports no later than September 30, 2021. The statutes of the award can be found on the Ministry's website (in CZ).

MŠMT Award for Outstanding Educational Activity at a University

The aim of the MŠMT Award for Outstanding Educational Activity at a University is to draw attention to the significance and importance of quality educational activity at universities, to recognize the outstanding work of university teachers, to highlight examples of good practice, and significant innovations in the field of educational activity.

The person nominated for the award must be an employee of the university and must be engaged in educational activities. The award is given for outstanding educational activity or significant innovation in educational activity in the three years prior to the nomination, with emphasis on specific educational achievements.

The award consists of a diploma and other material or monetary awards worth up to CZK 100,000. No more than 5 of these awards may be granted in a calendar year. Proposals for the award may be submitted by rectors of universities, deans of faculties, members of academic senates and faculties from among students. One proposer may submit a maximum of five proposals in one year.

Proposals shall be submitted using the nomination form (in CZ). The nominating person shall give reasons for his/her proposal and describe the educational activities of the proposed person on the form. Proposals for the award should include specific and substantiated information, including references to publicly available sources. The proposal must indicate that the person is being nominated for an award for a specific activity from the past three years, not for a lifetime achievement. Along with the form, the proposer may submit the nominee's curriculum vitae and other documents that demonstrate the nominee's educational achievements and accomplishments that are not publicly available.

The award is submitted on behalf of the Rector, so please send the documents to Bc. Procházková by September 10, 2021. Submissions will then be forwarded to the Rector's Office for further processing. Nominations are to be submitted to the MŠMT no later than 30 September 2021. The statute of the prize can be found here (in CZ).

Medal of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports

Every year, the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports awards medals to individuals, legal entities, as well as groups of individuals for significant pedagogical, educational, scientific, sports or artistic activities performed in the field of education, youth or sports or for extraordinarily meritorious deeds in providing and improving conditions for education in the Czech Republic.

An individual can also be awarded a medal on the occasion of a life or work anniversary for long-term and excellent work in these areas.

The medal has two degrees:

  1. The 1st degree medal (silver) is awarded for long-term and excellent work in the field of education, youth or physical education or for an exceptionally meritorious deed in providing and improving conditions for education in the Czech Republic.
  2. Medal II. degree (bronze) is awarded for significant pedagogical, educational, scientific, sports or artistic activities performed in the field of education, youth or physical education.

Medals are usually awarded on the occasion of Teachers' Day on March 28; in cases worthy of special consideration, the medal may be awarded outside the specified period.

The proposal must have the following elements:
a) the exact designation of the person or persons nominated for the award of the medal (name, or names, surnames, date of birth, place of permanent residence or domicile and workplace, if it is a natural person) and business name or address and registered office if a legal person),
b) justification of the proposal for the award of the medal,
c) an indication enabling the applicant to be identified; anonymous suggestions are inadmissible.

The medal is handed over by the Minister or a person authorized by him. The award of the medal is evidenced by a diploma. The diploma bears the national emblem of the Czech Republic and the signature of the Minister.

More information can be found on the website of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (in CZ).

Alfred Bader Prize

Every year, the Czech Chemical Society announces awards for Czech scientists under the age of 35 (who do not have a main job abroad) for outstanding results in research in organic and bioorganic chemistry. The prize consists of a cash prize of $ 5,400 (approximately CZK 115,000) and a diploma.

The usual content of the submitted works in the category Prize for organic chemistry is organic synthesis, but the submitted works may also include studies of mechanisms.

The application is sent to the secretariat of the Czech Chemical Society in writing and contains: a summary of the candidate's work results, a short curriculum vitae, and copies of scientific publications. Recommendations and supporting documents are welcome.

Applicants for the Prize usually apply themselves to the secretariat of the Czech Chemical Society (Novotného lávka 5, 116 68 Prague 1), but colleagues, institutions as well as scientific councils and senates can also submit a proposal.

Detailed information on applications can be found on the website of the award.

Awards L’Oreal-UNESCO For Women in Science

Every year, the World UNESCO Organization and L'Oréal announce the L'Oréal For Women in Science project to support the implementation of important scientific research in the field of life sciences and chemical sciences.

Applications can be submitted by female Czech scientists (or foreign nationality but demonstrably working in Czech science respectively doing research in an institution in Czech republic for at least 1 year) doing research in the Czech Republic. The winners will be awarded 200 000 CZK each to be used to support research in the CR.

Eligibility criteria for the scientists participating in the project:

  • Doctoral degree in a doctoral study program in life and chemical sciences (such as biology, biochemistry, biophysics, genetics, physiology, neurosciences, biotechnologies, ecology, etc.) or in physical sciences (such as physics, chemistry, mathematics, engineering, technologies, information sciences, science of the Earth and space, etc.).
  • Relevant research to be implemented in the Czech Republic
  • Applicants must be below the age of 40 on October 2021.

All applications are registered online via www.forwomeninscience.com and must include (in English):

  • application form
  • a copy of Ph.D. diploma
  • professional CV
  • recommendation of a superior researcher or head of the research institution where the project will be implemented
  • list of published work and citations in accordance with the Web of Science
  • list of best-published work and a short comment as to the importance of the results published
  • description of the proposed research in the following 12 months after receiving the award, max. 2 pages
  • motivation letter – max. 1 page
  • for scientists with foreign nationality: Proof of employment – confirmation of length of employment in Czech institution.

Nominations must be sent until February 28, 2021.

All the required information, including the entry form, is available on this website www.forwomeninscience.com.

Becquerel Prize for Nuclear Research 2021

Electricité de France, together with the French Embassy in the Czech Republic, is announcing a competition aimed at rewarding the best doctoral thesis in the field of nuclear research.

Conditions of participation:

  • doctoral thesis in the field of nuclear research
  • persons of Czech or Slovak nationality under the age of 33 (as of May 1, 2021)
  • students of the DSP program at a Czech research institution or university or young researchers who defended their dissertation in 2020 or 2021
  • their doctoral studies do not conflict with their work for Electricité de France
  • authorship of at least one scientific article published (or accepted) in a peer-reviewed international journal

The winners will receive a financial reward (CZK 65, 40, and 25,000), and the first two also receive a scholarship for an internship in France. The applications are handed over to prof. RNDr. Jiří Příhoda, CSc., the coordinator on behalf of MU 

Important dates:

  • April 25, 2021 – the coordinator selects the two best candidates and reports their names and contact information to the French Embassy in the Czech Republic
  • May 16, 2021 – the two best candidates will send the complete documentation* for the competition entry to e-mail sciences.prague@gmail.com
  • June 3, 2021 – oral presentation of candidates before the evaluation committee
  • June 23, 2021 – awards ceremony, the awards will be presented by the Nobel professor Jean-Marie Lehn (in case of an unfavorable epidemiological situation, the ceremony will be moved to September 30, 2021)

* Included in the applicants' application package is the application form available at the end of this document, accompanied by a CV, a list of publications, a summary, and a presentation of the applicant's research activities, and a letter of recommendation from the supervisor.

Brno City Prize

The Brno City Council annually awards the Brno City Prize for an important activity or work that has enriched one or more areas of public life and thus contributed to strengthening the good name of the city of Brno.

The award is given in the following areas:

  • technical sciences
  • science
  • medical science and pharmacy
  • social sciences
  • architecture and urbanism
  • fine art and design
  • music
  • literary activity
  • journalism and journalism
  • dramatic art
  • sport
  • international cooperation of the city of Brno
  • merits for freedom and democracy
  • extraordinary contribution to the city of Brno
  • in memoriam.

In each of these areas, only one prize can be awarded each year, per individual, pair or team.

The proposal must contain: name and surname of the proposed candidate, the area in which the award is proposed, proper justification of the proposal, contact details of the proposer. The proposal may be supplemented by other documents in the annex, which may supplement the justification of the proposal.

It is advisable to support the nomination on behalf of the Rector, in which case send a written proposal by August 6, 2021. The deadline for submitting applications is August 31, 2021.

Detailed information and instructions for submitting a proposal can be found on the website of the statutory city of Brno (in CZ).

Brno Ph.D. Talent

Brno Ph.D. Talent is a competition for students of doctoral study programmes that offers long-term financial support and career development support to 25 talented doctoral students in the form of a scholarship of CZK 100,000 per year for three years.

The competition is funded by the Brno City Council and administered by the South Moravian Centre for International Mobility. The scholarship will be awarded to the 25 best applicants who convince of the excellence of their achievements and the quality of their proposed research project.

Conditions for registration

  • full-time student (indicate in the application form the date of admission to doctoral studies and enrolment)
  • commencement of the first or second semester of the first year of study in the autumn semester 2021 
  • be under 32 years of age at the time of registration
  • majoring in a technical or natural science discipline 

Application structure

The application consists of three parts: a professional CV of the applicant, a description of the research project and definition of the team, and a description of the professional background that will be used to tackle the project. 

CV of the applicant

  • educational background and qualifications for the proposed project
  • practical experience, internships, projects undertaken
  • results and awards

Scientific project

  • objectives and original contribution
  • theoretical framework, methods and techniques, references
  • timetable and major milestones
  • motivation for the project

Project background

  • supervisor and expert consultants
  • departments and collaborating institutions
  • other relevant information

The entire application must be written in English and submitted in one PDF file. The maximum length of the application is 12 A4 pages of original text. For a more detailed description of the application form and the competition process, please refer to the Guide for Applicants 2021. You can also take inspiration from successful projects from previous years. 

Registration is open until 30 September. To register, you will need to enter your details at this link to create your own account, into which you will upload your application electronically.

All applications are assessed by two external assessors, with the applicants with the highest scores going forward to the final round of the selection process. The finalists will then present their projects to the expert panel in a final presentation during December 2021. In addition to assessing the applicant's expertise and the project proposal in a broader context, the panel members will also assess presentation skills, ability to explain the benefits of the project and defend the project proposal, personal motivation, reaction time, assertiveness, etc. After listening to all presentations and discussing with the finalists, the committee will propose the final ranking.

More information can be found on the JCMM website.

ČEPS Diploma Thesis Competition

ČEPS operates in the Czech Republic as the operator of the electricity transmission system. The competition for the best diploma thesis is a great opportunity for students to establish cooperation and start their career.

If you have written a diploma thesis on one of the topics offered here (in CZ) or yours is closely related to the transmission system, you can enter your thesis in the Diploma Thesis of the Year competition. The winner will not only receive CZK 20,000, but will also have the opportunity to spend a day with selected experts from the ČEPS Group and have lunch with the Chairman of the Board of Directors, Mr. Martin Durčák.

The deadline for applications is September 30, 2021.

Danubius Young Scientist Award

It is an award given to outstanding young researchers in the countries of the wider Danube region (Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Romania and Ukraine). The condition is the relationship of the research to this geographical delimitation and maximum of 5 years from obtaining the title of Master or Ph.D.

Each winner will receive, in addition to the visibility of their work, an amount of EUR 1,350.

Award Criteria:

  • Scientific excellence and innovative approach of the academic work
  • Thematic relevance of the scientific work for issues/problems of the Danube Region
  • Relevance of the scientific work beyond the national borders
  • Potential of the candidate (for example: integration in international networks, participation in scientific projects, publication history, experience in teaching, etc.)
  • No formal age limit, but a limitation to participants that have received their Master/PhD max. 5 years ago (= after 1st of January 2016)
  • Submissions of candidates holding only a bachelor’s degree will not be accepted

Documents have to be submitted in English (exception: copy of the academic title received) and have to consist of the following parts:

  1. max. 2 pages summary of the scientific work (e.g. thesis, dissertation, journal article, scientific publication, etc.) and its specific relevance for the Danube Region 
  2. CV including publication list of the candidate (max. 3 pages)
  3. a copy of the document related to the award of the highest academic title received

Please merge parts 1 and 2 into one file (preferably in pdf format), while the copy of the academic degree can be a separate document.

Candidates for the Danubius Young Scientist Award can come from all scientific disciplines. The number of nominations per organization is limited to a maximum number of 3. The three candidates have to come from different faculties or departments, institutes or research groups within the organization.

More information can be found on the website of the award.

EMBO Gold Medal

The EMBO Gold Medal is awarded annually to young scientists for outstanding contributions to the life sciences in Europe.

Who can apply for the Gold Medal?
Molecular biologists who are currently working in one of the EMBC Member States and who are under the age of 40 years, or within 10 years of having obtained their PhD or equivalent. The winner of the EMBO Gold Medal receives a hand-crafted medal and a bursary of 10,000 euros.

Nominations
EMBO Members and EMBO Young Investigators are invited every year to nominate candidates for the medal. To be considered, a nomination must be supported by one proposer (EMBO Member or EMBO Young Investigator) and two sponsors (EMBO Members) and must include:

  1. Nomination form
  2. CV of the proposed candidate
  3. Individual statements (letters of support) from the proposer and the two sponsors indicating why they believe the candidate should be considered for the medal

Selection of the winner
A committee comprising the EMBO Council, the Director of EMBO and the Secretary General of EMBO will be responsible for selecting the winner of the medal.

Candidates who do not win the award will automatically be reconsidered for the award in the following year if still eligible.

More information can be found on the website of EMBO.

Eppendorf Award for Young European Investigators

The Eppendorf Award for Young European Investigators is presenting its highly prestigious research prize for the 25th time. It acknowledges outstanding contributions to biomedical research in Europe based on methods of molecular biology, including novel analytical concepts. The winner will receive, above other things, prize money of 20,000 EUR for personal use.

Who can apply for the award?
Young researchers not older than 35 years with an advanced degree who are performing biomedical research in Europe based on methods of molecular biology, including novel analytical concepts.

The application must include:

  • your personal data*
  • your curriculum vitae
  • a title describing the subject of your research*
  • an essay of max. 2,000 characters (incl. spaces) summarizing your research*
  • a short description of your major discovery*
  • your publication list
  • PDF files of your published papers (min. 3, max. 5)

More information can be found on the website of the award.

František Běhounek Award

The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports announces the František Běhounek Award for the promotion and popularization of Czech science and the dissemination of the good name of the Czech Republic in the European Research Area (ERA).

The prize is awarded to a scientific figure who meets the following conditions:

  • operates in basic or applied research, development or academia,
  • graduated from a Czech university or works in a research or educational institution in the Czech Republic and
  • over the last five years, through his active and successful participation in European cooperation projects in the field of research, experimental development and innovation, he has contributed to the promotion and popularization of the scientific field and to spreading the good name of the Czech Republic.

The award is accompanied by a financial reward of CZK 250,000. The prize is awarded by the Minister of Education, Youth and Sports on the basis of a proposal from an expert committee, which will evaluate the nominations. The prize is not awarded in memoriam.

The candidate may be proposed by a university or research institution, the editors of a professional impacted scientific journal or a person who holds the academic title of professor obtained or recognized in the Czech Republic or in another country of the EU.

The proposal must contain: the contact details of the proposer and his signature, the name of the proposed personality and his contact details, proper justification and references to foreign scientific sources in which the candidate's work is mentioned and evaluated.

The deadline for sending nominations in paper form is September 10, 2021. The nominations are submitted under the auspices of the Rector. Please submit the documents for the competition by August 12, 2021.

Detailed information on the František Běhounek Award, including the status of the award, can be found on the website of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (in CZ).

John-Marie Lehn Prize for Chemistry 2021

Solvay, together with the French Embassy in the Czech Republic, is announcing a competition, the aim of which is to support the best doctoral research work in the field of chemistry.

Conditions of participation:

  • doctoral thesis in the field of chemistry
  • persons of Czech or Slovak nationality under the age of 33 (as of May 1, 2021)
  • students of the DSP program at a Czech research institution or university or young researchers who defended their dissertation in 2020 or 2021
  • their doctoral studies do not conflict with their work for Solvay
  • authorship of at least one scientific article published (or accepted) in a peer-reviewed international journal

The winners will receive a financial reward (CZK 65, 40, and 25,000), and the first two also receive a scholarship for an internship in France. The applications are handed over to prof. RNDr. Milan Potáčka, CSc., the coordinator on behalf of MU.

Important dates:

  • April 25, 2021 – the coordinator selects the two best candidates and reports their names and contact information to the French Embassy in the Czech Republic
  • May 16, 2021 – the two best candidates will send the complete documentation* for the competition entry to e-mail sciences.prague@gmail.com
  • June 8, 2021 – oral presentation of candidates before the evaluation committee
  • June 23, 2021 – awards ceremony, the awards will be presented by the Nobel professor Jean-Marie Lehn (in case of an unfavorable epidemiological situation, the ceremony will be moved to September 30, 2021)

* Included in the applicants' application package is the application form available at the end of this document, accompanied by a CV, a list of publications, a summary, and a presentation of the applicant's research activities.

Make Our Planet Great Again Prize for Environment & Climate Research 2021

BNP Paribas and the French Embassy in the Czech Republic are announcing a new competition, the aim of which is to reward the best PhD research work in all areas of environmental and climate research.

Conditions of participation:

  • doctoral research in the fields of environmental and climate research
  • persons of Czech or Slovak nationality under the age of 33 (as of May 1, 2021)
  • students of the doctoral study program at a Czech research institution or university or young researchers who defended their dissertation in 2020 or 2021
  • their doctoral studies do not conflict with their work for BNP Paribas
  • authorship of at least one scientific article published (or accepted) in an international peer-reviewed journal

The winners will receive a financial reward (CZK 65, 40, and 25,000), and the first two also receive a scholarship for an internship abroad in France. The applications are handed over to RNDr. Mgr. Michal Bittner, Ph.D., the coordinator on behalf of MU.

Important dates:

  • April 25, 2021 – the coordinator selects one candidate and reports his name and contact information to the French Embassy in the Czech Republic
  • May 16, 2021 – the candidate will send the complete documentation* for the application to the competition to the e-mail sciences.prague@gmail.com
  • June 2021 – oral presentation of the candidate before the evaluation committee
  • June 23, 2021 – awards ceremony, the awards will be presented by the Nobel professor Jean-Marie Lehn (in case of an unfavorable epidemiological situation, the ceremony will be moved to September 30, 2021)

* Included in the applicants' application package is the application form available at the end of this document, accompanied by a CV, a list of publications, a summary, and a presentation of the applicant's research activities.

Milada Paulová Award

Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports in cooperation with the National Contact Center – Gender and Science of the Institute of Sociology of the ASCR, v.v.i. announces the 13th year of the Milada Paulová Award to a scientist for a lifetime contribution to science. The award for 2021 will be awarded in the field of mathematics.

Every year, the Milada Paulová Award aims to draw attention to the role and significant contribution of women in various fields. The intention of this year's announcement of the award is to support the work of women in the field of mathematics in the Czech research environment. The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports will appreciate the lifelong contribution of women to this scientific field in an effort to contribute to the visibility of those whose scientific work is the most important for the long-term development of the field. The award is associated with a financial award of CZK 250,000.

Conditions for nominations:
  • scientist active in the field of mathematics,
  • fundamental contribution to the development of the field,
  • excellent professional and human qualities (team leadership, students, personal involvement, activities in the civic sphere, etc.),
  • professional career, especially after 1990 (the possibilities of some women scientists were significantly limited under the previous regime - this fact will be reflected in the evaluation),
  • professional activity mainly in the Czech Republic.

The nomination can be submitted by an individual, a group of persons or an institution by submitting a nomination letter in electronic form to cena@soc.cas.cz no later than September 10, 2021. To send a nomination on behalf of the Rector, please send us the documents by August 10, 2021.

The nomination letter must contain the name and surname of the proposed person, her contact details and justification of the nomination of the person (what professional and human qualities does he value for the nominee, what is her contribution to the scientific field, whether she develops other activities such as non-profit or civil sphere, etc.). The information provided in this letter is part of the candidate's evaluation.

The nominees will be asked to approve the nomination, in case of a positive answer also to send a professional CV and fill in a short questionnaire for their work and non-work activities.

Detailed rules of the competition and other information about the competition can be found here (in CZ).

Neuron Awards

Every year, the Neuron Endowment Fund for the support of science announces the prestigious Neuron Awards, which recognize scientists in the fields of biology, computer science, physics, chemistry, mathematics, medicine and social sciences. In 2021, two categories are announced:

  • Neuron Award for young promising scientists

The prize is awarded to Czech scientists (gaining a Ph.D. degree max. 10 years before the day of the announcement of the competition) for outstanding scientific results to date. The prize takes into account the achieved scientific results and possibly also the employee's scientific program and is associated with a personal bonus of CZK 500,000.

  • Neuron Award for Contribution to World Science

The awards are given to prominent scientists working at home and abroad, whose fundamental discovery or long-term work has made a major contribution to the development of science, strengthened the name of the Czech Republic and are a model and inspiration for other members of the scientific community. Each laureate will receive CZK 1,500,000.

Nominations can be submitted using this form. The nominations also include the candidate's CV, a brief justification of the nomination, in the case of the category "contribution to world science" also min. 2 letters of recommendation (all in English).

More information can be found on the website of the award.

Rudolf Lukeš Prize

The Expert group of organic, bioorganic and pharmaceutical chemistry of the Czech Chemical Society in cooperation with the Experientia Foundation recognizes elite scientists in the field of organic, bioorganic, and medicinal chemistry for an excellent collection of original works in the field published in the last 5 years in prestigious international journals. The prize for the laureates is granted in the amount of CZK 100,000.

The application is submitted by researchers working at Czech workplaces in English as a pdf file sent electronically to the CSCH secretariat (chem.spol@csvts.cz) and contains:

  • CV (1 page)
  • research report (max. 3 pages) summarizing the most significant results for the last 5 years
  • a list of all publications for the last 5 years
  • 5 most important publications from the last 5 years, where the nominee must be a correspondent author (pdf format of articles).

More information can be found on the website of the award.

South Moravian Region Award

Every year, the South Moravian Regional Council appreciates heroic, intellectual, sports and other exceptional deeds, works and contributions of natural persons who were born, live or are associated with their activities in the region and whose life, work, activities or actions are significantly represented in a certain South Moravian Region, contributes to its development, fame and reputation, and which with their moral qualities set an example to others.

The SMR Award is awarded in the following areas:

  • for saving lives,
  • for a heroic deed,
  • for helping the disabled and needy,
  • for work with youth,
  • for a work, activity or act that significantly represents the South Moravian Region and contributes to its fame and reputation,
  • for contribution in the field of science,
  • for contribution in the field of art,
  • for contribution in the field of folklore,
  • for contribution in the field of sport.

The winner will receive a commemorative certificate and a medal, the award also includes a financial gift.

Proposals for the award may be submitted by a university, scientific institution, legal or natural person with its registered office in the South Moravian Region, until 31 July 2021. If you are interested in supporting the nomination on behalf of Masaryk University, send the materials to Mrs. Procházková until July 15, 2021.

Detailed information, including instructions for submitting proposals, can be found on the website of the South Moravian Region (in CZ).

The Balzan Prizes

The Balzan Prizes are awarded to scholars, artists, and scientists who have distinguished themselves in their fields on an international level. In 2021, the prizes are announced in the following areas relevant to the Faculty of Science:

  • Microbiome in Health and Disease
  • Gravitation: physical and astrophysical aspects

The Balzan Prize for Humanity, Peace, and Fraternity Among Peoples is also announced this year, the aim of which is to recognize a personality or organization for exceptional humanitarian work.

The amount of each of the four Balzan Prizes is around 750 000 CHF (approx. 17,8 mil. CZK). Prizewinners must destine half of the prize to finance research projects that are preferably carried out by young scholars or scientists.

Nominations must be submitted to the Dean’s Office and supported by a justification for the candidate’s nomination, including a list of his/her most important publications and a complete biography. Self-nominations are not accepted.

More information can be found on the website of the award.

The Brain Prize

The Lundbeck Foundation awards this prize for outstanding research and breakthrough discovery in the field of neuroscience. Each year, approximately 1.3 million EUR is awarded to one or more neurologists who have a pioneering impact on brain research.

The Brain Prize is awarded at a ceremony in Copenhagen chaired by His Royal Highness, the Crown Prince of Denmark. The Brain Prize was first awarded in 2011 and has so far honored 34 scientists from 9 different countries.

Nominations for 2022 will open in May 2021. The application must include the full name and area of ​​research of the nominee, as well as a justification for the nomination based on his selected list of publications. Nominations are made online here.

Nomination criteria:

  • The nomination itself is not accepted.
  • Anyone can nominate.
  • Nominees can be of any nationality and work in any part of the world.
  • Nominees can work in any field of neuroscience.
  • Nominees must still be actively involved in research.
  • If several researchers have made a significant contribution to the success, several may be nominated.
  • It is recommended to reappoint previously unsuccessful candidates.

Further information on the prize is available on the competition's website.

The Eppendorf & Science Prize for Neurobiology

The Eppendorf & Science International Award for Neurobiology is awarded annually to a young scientist under the age of 35 for significant neurobiological research based on molecular and cell biology methods over the past three years.

The application must be accompanied by (all in English):

  • a description of own research activity in accordance with current methods and advances in the field of neurobiology (max. 1000 words),
  • a letter of recommendation from a supervisor, senior colleague, etc.,
  • a curriculum vitae, including citations of all publications, academic awards, relevant professional experience. Attached to the CV are two selected publications of the applicant that are most relevant to the essay.

The award is associated with a financial reward of $ 25,000. The application must be sent electronically via the online form.

Further information on the prize is available on its website.

The Louis-Jeantet Prizes

The Louis-Jeantet Prizes are awarded each year to experienced researchers who have distinguished themselves in the field of biomedical research in one of the member states of the Council of Europe. They are not intended solely as the recognition of work that has been completed, but also to encourage the continuation of innovative research projects. The prizes are awarded to fully active researchers whose scientific efforts are focused on biomedical research.

The sum currently available to each prize-winner amounts to CHF 500,000 (approx. 12 mil. CZK), of which CHF 450,000 are to be used for financing ongoing research and CHF 50,000 are given to the researcher personally.

Nominees for the Louis-Jeantet Prizes must be nominated either by scientific personalities (without any family ties with the nominee), or by institutions (universities or major agencies funding research), who possess detailed knowledge of the nominee’s work.

  • Self-nominations are not accepted.
  • Nominees should not be informed of their nomination.
  • Nominations of candidates under 50 years of age are encouraged.

More information can be found on the website of the award.

The Novo Nordisk Prize

The Novo Nordisk Prize recognizes active scientists for their outstanding international contribution to the development of medical science. The award is intended to recognize and further support biomedical research in Europe.

The financial reward is DKK 5 million (approx. EUR 672 000) and consists of a research grant of DKK 4.5 million (approx. EUR 605 000) and a personal award of DKK 0.5 million (approx. EUR 67 000).

Applicants must:

  • demonstrate scientific excellence that has led to a major discovery or breakthrough in the understanding of human health and disease, prevention, diagnosis, and/or treatment of the disease,
  • must have a current position and an active research program at a public or non-profit research institution in a European country,
  • must serve as inspirational leaders and role models for young scientists.

The Foundation welcomes the nominations of individual researchers or research institutions, including academic institutions and research funding agencies.

The nomination must be sent electronically via the nomination form. More information about the competition and the conditions of the nomination can be found on the website.

Werner von Siemens Prize

The aim of the competition is to reward the authors of the best student and scientific works and university teachers with a focus on all technical fields and natural sciences, and thus contribute to the development of Czech higher education, science and research.

  • Nominations in the Best Pedagogical Worker category can be submitted by the Rector; if you are interested in this option, please send the complete documents in electronic form.
  • Nominations in other categories are submitted by the applicants themselves.

This year will distribute CZK 830,000 in eight categories. In the categories of the best diploma and dissertation thesis, together with the students, the supervisor of the thesis will also be awarded.

Announced categories:
1. The most significant result of the basic research (individual or research team)
2. The best pedagogical worker
3. Best diploma thesis (first three places + supervisor)
4. Best dissertation (first three places) + supervisor)
5. Award for overcoming obstacles in the study (the student is nominated from among the academic staff within the university from the bachelor's, master's and doctoral studies)
6. Special award for excellent quality of women's scientific work
7. The best graduate thesis (diploma / dissertation) dealing with the topics of the concept Industry 4.0
8. The best graduate thesis (diploma / dissertation) dealing with smart infrastructure and energy

The general public can also take part in the nominations - candidates and their work can be nominated via the website, and if the recommended winner wins, the nominee will receive a bonus of CZK 10,000. In the previous, 22nd year, the most awards went to representatives of Masaryk University (4 awards), followed by the University of Chemical Technology in Prague (3 awards) and Charles University (3 awards)

Detailed information, including current dates, can be found on the website of the competition (in CZ).

Bc. Jana Procházková

Assistant for Quality and Academic Affairs

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