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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 judgment 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
  • A Prize for International Cooperation awarded to the best project submitted by a team from one of the 'guest' countries: worth €5000

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.

The European Patents Office

The EPO offer a prize to 6 students who get the opportunity to visit their offices in Munich and work closely with Patent Examiners and Patent lawyers.
This prize will be replaced in 2014 by a visit to the EPO Innovation Awards.

Special prize donated by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre

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 in one of its Institutes and shadow scientists from all over Europe according to the interests of the prize winners.

The JRC Institutes and their location:

  • Institute for the Protection and Security of the Citzen (IPSC) in Ispra, Italy

  • Institute for Environment and Sustainability (IES) in Ispra, Italy

  • Institute for Health and Consumer Protection (IHCP) in Ispra, Italy

  • Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements (IRMM) in Geel, Belgium

  • Institute for Transuranium Elements (ITU) in Karlsruhe, Germany

  • Institute for Energy and Transport (IET) in Petten, The Netherlands and in Ispra, Italy

  • Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS) in Sevilla, Spain


  • The European Patent Office in Munich, Germany – Link
  • EIROForum – Link
  • The Stockholm International Youth Science Seminar – Link
  • The London International Youth Science Forum – Link
  • The Joint Research Centre – Link
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