Eppendorf Award
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 took place at the EMBL Advanced Training Centre in Heidelberg, Germany,  on June 2, 2016.


About the Award

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

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

Contact information

For questions regarding the Award, please send an email to: award@eppendorf.de

Nature journal

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Entry details & judging procedures

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.

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.

Judging procedures

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:

  1. Independent scientific work
  2. Creativity (independent of instructions from head of institute)
  3. Successful practical application of research approach
  4. Significance of research results for the field of medicine
  5. 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.

2016 Award

2016 Award Winner: Prof. Adrian Liston

Appointment at time of winning the Award:  Group leader at  VIB Translational Immunology Lab, University of Leuven, Belgium

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 Jury: »His experiments have paved the way for understanding key steps in controlling regulatory T-cells that are critical for balancing between autoimmunity and immunosuppression. His work opens up the way for new therapeutic approaches towards diseases resulting from a dysregulated immune homeostasis.«

The official prize ceremony took place at the EMBL Advanced Training Centre in Heidelberg, Germany,  on June 2, 2016. The laudatio honoring Adrian Liston’s achievements was held by the jury chairman Prof. Reinhard Jahn.

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Past Award Winners

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