for Young European Investigators
The Eppendorf Award for Young European Investigators was first established in 1995. It acknowledges outstanding contributions to biomedical research in Europe based on methods of molecular biology, including novel analytical concepts.
The Award is presented in partnership with the scientific journal Nature.
Prize money: 20,000 EUR
You can apply here for the Eppendorf Award for Young European Investigators from October 1 of each year onwards.
In 2016 Eppendorf AG is presenting the Eppendorf Award for Young European Investigators for the 21st time. The independent Eppendorf Award Jury chaired by Prof. Reinhard Jahn selected Prof. Adrian Liston, Group leader at VIB Translational Immunology Lab, University of Leuven, Belgium, as the winner of the Eppendorf Award for Young European Investigators 2016. Adrian Liston, born 1980, receives the € 20,000 prize for his seminal work in elucidating key mechanisms by which the immune system avoids attacking its own organism while remaining effective against pathogens.
The official prize ceremony will take place at the EMBL Advanced Training Centre in Heidelberg, Germany, on June 2, 2016.
Since 1995 the Eppendorf Young Investigator Award is granted annually to European researchers not older than 35 years. It acknowledges outstanding contributions to biomedical research in Europe based on methods of molecular biology, including novel analytical concepts. The winner is selected by an independent expert committee chaired by Reinhard Jahn (Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Göttingen, Germany).
This prize, which reflects the past and future of Eppendorf in a manner befitting the wishes of the company's founders, Dr. Heinrich Netheler and Dr. Hans Hinz, is intended to symbolize the close links between the company and the field of biomedicine.
The award was first established in 1995 on occasion of Eppendorf’s 50th anniversary.
The Eppendorf Award for Young European Investigators is presented in partnership with the scientific journal Nature.
Prize awareness poster
The Eppendorf Award for Young European Investigators is an opportunity for professional recognition and financial compensation for young scientists engaged in biomedical research. As a faculty member, you may have contact with many promising researchers who are at the beginning of their careers. You can help by mentioning this award, promoting the awareness poster and referring interested researchers to this website which contains all the entry details: www.eppendorf.com/award
- Download the poster "Call for Entries!" for the current period as of 1st September of each year.
Prize money € 20,000
The Award winner will receive
- a prize money of 20,000 Euro (for personal use)
- an invitation to the prize ceremony at the EMBL Advanced Training Centre in Heidelberg, Germany
- an invitation to visit Eppendorf AG in Hamburg, Germany
- coverage of his/her work by Nature in print and in a podcast
For questions regarding the Award, please send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Eppendorf Award for Young European Investigators is presented in partnership with the scientific journal Nature. Click here to visit
Who can apply for the award?
Young researchers not older than 35 years performing biomedical research in Europe based on methods of molecular biology, including novel analytical concepts.
How to apply
Online applications for the Eppendorf Award for Young European Investigators are accepted from October 1 of each year onwards.
Your application must include:
- your personal data
- your curriculum vitae
- a title describing the subject of your research
- an essay of max. 2000 characters (incl. spaces) summarizing your research
- your publication list
- PDF files of your published papers (min. 3 - max 5)
Your application and all submitted documents must be in English.
Eppendorf has no influence on deciding who receives the award.
The prize is awarded by an independent committee composed of four renowned experts under the chairmanship of Prof. Reinhard Jahn (Director at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Göttingen, Germany), from the fields of:
- Cellular Neurobiology (Prof. Reinhard Jahn: Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Göttingen, Germany)
- Applied Medical Research (Prof. Dieter Häussinger: Clinic for Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Infectiology, Düsseldorf, Germany)
- Genetics and Cell Biology (Prof. Maria Leptin: Director EMBO, Heidelberg, Germany)
- Protein Biochemistry (Prof. Martin J. Lohse: Institute for Pharmacology and Toxicology, University of Würzburg, Germany)
The papers submitted will be evaluated with respect to the following five selection criteria:
- Independent scientific work
- Creativity (independent of instructions from head of institute)
- Successful practical application of research approach
- Significance of research results for the field of medicine
- Achievement of candidate in relation to his/her age
The main focus is on investigating the molecular biological mechanisms of the human organism and then translating this research into practical findings. The long-term goal is the diagnosis and therapy of those diseases which have yet to be treated successfully.
2015 Award Winner: Dr. Thomas Wollert
Current appointment: Research Group Leader at the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry in Martinsried, Germany
Thomas Wollert, born 1979, received the € 20,000 prize for his groundbreaking work in reconstituting complex intracellular membrane events in the test tube using artificial membranes and purified components. His experiments have paved the way for understanding key steps in autophagy, a fundamental process required for the clearance of damaged cell parts in all eukaryotic cells. The Jury: »These discoveries also harbor the potential for refined drug development since malfunction of autophagy is emerging as a critical event in the development of various diseases.«
The official prize ceremony took place at the EMBL Advanced Training Centre in Heidelberg, Germany, on June 25, 2015. The laudatio honoring Thomas Wollert’s achievements was held by the jury chairman Prof. Reinhard Jahn.
- 2014 Award Winner
Marie Curie Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Laboratory of Juergen Knoblich, Institute of Molecular Biotechnology of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (IMBA), Vienna, Austria
- 2013 Award Winner
EMBL-CRG Systems Biology Unit Centre for Genomic Regulation Barcelona, Spain
- 2012 Award Winner
Dr. Elizabeth Murchison
Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Cambridge, United Kingdom
- 2011 Award Winner
Assistant Professor Suzan Rooijakkers, PhD
University Medical Center Utrecht, Department of Medical Microbiology, Utrecht, The Netherlands
- 2009 Award Winner
Dr. Óscar Fernández-Capetillo
Head, Genomic Instability Group, Spanish National Cancer Center (CNIO), Madrid, Spain.
- 2008 Award Winner
Dr. Simon Boulton
Cancer Research UK, London Research Institute, UK
- 2007 Award Winner
Dr. Mónica Bettencourt-Dias
Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência, Oeiras, Portugal
- 2006 Award Winner
Dr. Luca Scorrano
Dulbecco-Telethon Institute, Venetian Institute of Molecular Medicine, Padova, Italy
- 2005 Award Winner
Dr. Thomas Helleday
Arrhenius Laboratory Department of Genetics, Microbiology and Toxicology, Stockholm University
- 2004 Award Winner
Prof. Dr. Patrick Cramer
Gene Center, University of Munich, Germany
- 2003 Award Winner
Prof. Dr. Silvia Arber
Biozentrum, University of Basel, Friedrich-Miescher-Institute Basel, Switzerland
- 2002 Award Winner
Dr. Thomas Tuschl
- 2001 Award Winner
Dr. Andreas Mayer
Friedrich-Miescher Laboratory of the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, Tübingen, Germany
- 2000 Award Winner
Dr. Dario Alessi
MRC Protein Phosphorylation Unit, University of Dundee, Scotland
- 1999 Award Winner
Dr. Jean Pieters
Basel Institute for Immunology, Switzerland
- 1998 Award Winner
Professor Dr. Michael Wegner
Center of Molecular Neurobiology, University Hospital (UKE), Hamburg, Germany
- 1997 Award Winner
Professor Dr. Helena Edlund
Department of Microbiology, University of Umea, Sweden
- 1996 Award Winner
Professor Dr. Ueli Suter
Institute of Cell Biology, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, ETH Zürich
- 1995 Award Winner
Professor Dr. Stephan P. Jackson
Wellcome/CRC Institute, University of Cambridge, England
- Press release: 25.6.2015 - Presentation of Eppendorf Young Investigator Award 2015 in Heidelberg
- Speech: 25.6.2015 – Laudatio for Thomas Wollert by Prof. Reinhard Jahn
- Press release: 22.05.2014 - Presentation of Eppendorf Young Investigator Award 2014 in Heidelberg
- Speech: 22.05.2014 - Laudatio for Madeline Lancaster by Prof. Dr. Reinhard Jahn
- Press release: 06.06.2013 – Presentation of Eppendorf Young Investigator Award 2013 in Heidelberg
- Speech: 06.06.2012 – Laudatio for Ben Lehner by Prof. Dr. Reinhard Jahn