The Prizes

How to enter the contest, its objectives, the prize details and how the winners are chosen

The contest – The prizes

The contestants compete on the basis of their work and interviews with the Jury for nine Core Prizes awarded by the European Commission.

In addition to these prizes, a number of Honorary Awards and Special Donated Prizes are awarded to contestants who, in the judgement of the jury, would benefit from the specific experiences that these prizes offer.

Core Prizes

  • Three First Prizes worth €7000 each
  • Three Second Prizes worth €5000 each
  • Three Third Prizes worth €3500 each

Honorary Awards

These include all-expenses-paid trips to the London International Youth Science Forum (LIYSF) and the Stockholm International Youth Science Seminar (SIYSS). The prize to Stockholm also includes tickets to the Nobel Prize Ceremony.


Special Donated Prizes


The biggest and most important research laboratories in Europe offer prizes of visits to their facilities. They are all members of EIROFORUM and include:

  • CERN: The European Laboratory for Particle Physics
  • EFDA-JET: The European Fusion Development Agreement
  • EMBL: The European Molecular Biology Laboratory
  • ESRF: The European Synchrotron Radiation Facility
  • XFEL.EU: The European X-Ray Free- Electron Laser Facility
  • ESA: The European Space Agency
  • ESO: The European Southern Observatory
  • ILL: The Institut Laue-Langevin.

Joint Research Centre Prize

The Joint Research Centre (JRC) is the European Commission's in-house science service. It performs direct scientific research and provides evidence-based and independent scientific advice to European policy makers helping them to make informed decisions.

EU policies that address global and societal challenges - such as financial stability, climate change, food security, water availability or the ageing society - need to be based more and more on a solid scientific understanding. In close cooperation with international partners, the JRC elaborates models and scenarios to assess policy options while stimulating innovation through developing new methods, tools and standards.

Its work has a direct impact on the lives of European citizens. It promotes a healthy and safe environment, secure energy supplies, sustainable mobility and consumer safety, and helps improve preparedness and response to natural and man-made disasters.

Serving society, stimulating innovation, supporting legislation

The JRC's headquarters are in Brussels and its seven scientific institutes, which host specialist and unique laboratories, are located on sites in Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain.

The JRC award will allow the participants in three successful projects to spend a week at the JRC site at Ispra in Italy to visit.

The JRC Institutes and their location:

  • The Institute for the Protection and Security of the Citizen (IPSC)
  • The Institute for Environment and Sustainability (IES)
  • The Institute for Health and Consumer Protection (IHCP)
  • The Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS)

Intel ISEF Prize

Intel awards prizes for three projects (up to nine students) offering the winners the opportunity to participate at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF), a program of Society for Science & the Public, the world’s largest international pre-college science competition.

EuCheMs Prize

The European Association for Chemical and Molecular Sciences (EuCheMS)presents a prize of € 1000 for the best chemistry entry in the EU Young Scientists Contest.

Bioeconomy Prizes

BBI JU Prize

The Bioeconomy Bio based industries EUCYS prize (a stay in Brussels, including travel and accommodation with additional activities will include visits to biobased plants in Belgium and Northern France) will be awarded by the judges to the project which they feel best uses biotechnology for the production and the conversion of renewable biological resources into non-food value-added products.

About the Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking

The Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI) is a partnership between the European Commission and bio-based industry set up in 2014 to fund research and innovation to help to develop the bio-based economy in Europe. BBI’s funding is meant to encourage further investment by the private sector through industry. It works by setting up multi-partner projects who work together to solve the scientific, logistic and infrastructural challenges facing the bio-based industry in Europe.

Other bioeconomy prizes include:

  • FoodDrinkEurope prize
  • Dupont prize
  • Ferrero prize
  • Nestlé prize
  • Participation at FOOD2030 conference




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