The contestants compete for a number of core prizes on the basis of a written description of their work, their exhibited material and the interviews with the Contest Jury. In addition to this, the Jury awards a limited number of special donated prizes. These prizes offer some winners the opportunity to benefit from the specific experiences linked to the prize. It is up to the Jury to decide whether a prizewinner can receive both a core prize and a special donated prize.


The Core Prizes are the main cash prizes awarded by the European Commission at the contest. These are cash prizes. In the case of a team winning such a prize, the amount is shared equally between the members of the team. There are three categories of Core Prizes:



Honorary Prizes Associated with the First Prizes are restricted to EU members and Associated and Neighbourhood Countries.


The Special Donated Prizes are offered to contestants who, according to the EUCYS Jury, would benefit from the specific experience that these prizes offer. They are mostly study visits to leading scientific organisations:

EIROforum members each kindly award individual prizes as

• European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) – offers
a project prize (for up to 3 people) of a week’s visit to their
Geneva site
• EUROfusion (JET) – home of plasma physics and fusion
research, offers one project a one week stay at their Culham,
Oxfordshire, UK site
• The European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) – offers one winner a one week placement at their centre for molecular biology in Heidelberg
• European Southern Observatory (ESO) – ESO offers a prize of a visit of up to one week to its headquarters in Germany for up to three students. Minimum age at time of taking up prize is 18.
• European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) – operator of Europe’s most powerful synchrotron radiation source, offers the leader of a winning project a one week visit to their site in Grenoble
• The Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL) – operator of the world’s most intense neutron source, offers the leader of a winning project a one week visit to their Grenoble site
• European X-Ray Free-Elevctron Laser Facility GmbH (XFEL. EU) – offers one winner a one week placement at European XFEL in Hamburg 

The Joint Research Centre: kindly offers a two day stay at its Ispra site in Italy for 3 projects (up to nine students). 

Bulgarian National Seminar on Coding Theory, the “Prof. Stefan Dodunekov” Prize: a prize is offered for a team to attend and benefit from this seminar. 

International Swiss Talent Forum: One student will be invited to attend ISTF with their individual projects. 

Expo-sciences Luxembourg: Two students are invited to attend Expo-sciences Luxembourg with their individual projects. 

EuChemS: The European Chemical Society is pleased to offer a prize of €1000 to the best Chemistry project 

WOLFRAM are pleased to offer all contestants submitting
projects in Mathematics and Computer Science a free one year
licence to Mathematica and WolframAlphaPro

CNIC Prize: three‐day stay at the CNIC for a winner of the 2022 contest with an individual biomedicine project who, according to the jury, will benefit from this stay. The award will cover travel, meals and accommodation. 
During the stay, the winner will learn about the Center’s projects directly from CNIC researchers. He/she will learn about the infrastructures and technology available to address and solve the challenges of cardiovascular health research. Requirements for the CNIC award winner:
‐age: 18 or 19
‐project: individual and in the biomedicine field


The Special Donated Prizes of EIROforum are offered to contestants who, according to the EUCYS Jury, would benefit from the specific experience that these prizes offer. They consist of (up to) one-week visits to renowned scientific organisations, where the prize-winners would have unique opportunities to get acquainted with world-class facilities, experiments and cutting-edge instrumentation:

EIROforum members each kindly award individual prizes as follows:

• European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) – offers a project prize (for up to 3 people) of a week’s visit to its Geneva site;
• EUROfusion – offers one project a one week stay (for up to 3 people) at a EUROfusion member research facility;
• The European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) – offers a project prize (for up to 3 people) of a week’s placement at its premises in Heidelberg;
• The European Space Agency (ESA) – offers a single prize winner the opportunity to spend a week at ESA’s main technical centre, ESTEC, in The Netherlands;
• European Southern Observatory (ESO) – offers a project prize (for up to 3 people) of a visit of up to one week to the ESO headquarters in Germany ;
• European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) – operator of the world’s most powerful synchrotron radiation source, offers up to 2 people (3 if the ESRF prize is combined with that of the ILL) of a winning project a one week visit to its site in Grenoble;
• The Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL) – operator of the world’s most intense neutron source, offers up to 2 people (3 if the ESRF prize is combined with that of the ILL) of a winning project a one week visit to its site in Grenoble;
• European X-Ray Free-Electron Laser Facility GmbH (European XFEL) – offers one winner a one-week placement its site in Schenefeld (Hamburg metropole).
• The European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) – offers


EIROforum is a partnership of Europe’s eight largest intergovernmental research organisations. As world leaders within their respective fields of science, the member organisations of EIROforum constitute the vanguard of European science. Operating some of the largest research infrastructures in Europe, devoted to the exploration of fundamental quests of mankind such as the origin and the evolution of matter, biological life and structure of our Universe, they enable European scientists to engage in truly cutting-edge research, and be on the forefront on a global scale. In support of the EUCYS initiative, EIROforum members are pleased to offer (up to) one-week visits/placements to their organisations. To ensure optimum value of the experience to the prize winners, these will be offered on the basis of the relevance of the activities of the organisation to the field of interest of the nominated student. For safety and sometimes security reasons, age restrictions may apply. EIROforum also sends experienced scientists to give a key note address to the contestants. As a curtesy to EIROforum, those students who would like to be considered for the EIROforum prizes, and their National Organisers, should endeavour to attend the EIROforum lecture during the contest.

The EIROforum organisations are:

– The European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN)
– EUROfusion
– The European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)
– The European Space Agency (ESA) Paris
– The European Southern Observatory (ESO)
– The European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF)
– The Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL)
– The European XFEL (XFEL.EU)


The Joint Research Centre: kindly offers a two day stay at its Ispra site in Italy for 3 projects (up to nine students). The Joint Research Centre (JRC) is the European Commission’s
science and knowledge 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. The work of the JRC 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 manmade disasters. 

Serving society, stimulating innovation, supporting legislation

The JRC’s headquarters are in Brussels and its seven scientific directorates, 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 from three successful projects to spend two days at its facilities in Ispra, Italy shadowing scientists from all over Europe according to the interests of the prize winners.


The annual National Workshop on Coding Theory (NWCT) named after Professor Stefan Dodunekov (1945-2012) was established in the 1980’s, signifying the growth of the Bulgarian research group in the fi eld of mathematical foundations of informatics. Prof. Dodunekov, the founder of this research group, was a world-renowned scholar in the area of algebraic and combinatorial theory of error-correcting codes and its applications for data protection and information security. Following his vision, the seminar brings together experienced researchers and young people from several countries – from leading specialists in coding theory, cryptography and others, to undergraduate students and PhD candidates. Special sessions are devoted to emerging research topics, connections with other fields of knowledge and development of project-based and long-term collaborations. The authors of one EUCYS project will be invited to participate in the next edition of the seminar, in the last quarter of 2022.


The Circular Bio-based Europe Joint Undertaking (CBE JU) is a partnership between the European Union and the Biobased Industries Consortium (BIC) that funds projects advancing competitive circular bio-based industries in Europe. This new partnership is building on the success of its predecessor, the Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU). CBE JU’s funding encourages 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. Research can be in a lab or in a combination of lab, pilot plantor biorefi nery. The CBE JU programme off ers enormous opportunities to tackle some major societal, environmental and economic challenges, including climate change, energy and food security and resource efficiency. The bioeconomy EUCYS prize will be awarded by the judges to the project which they feel best uses biotechnology for the production and the conversion of biomass into non-food value-added products.


The European Chemical Society (EuChemS) brings together over 40 chemical societies, which together represent more than 160,000 chemists in academia, industry, government and
professional organisations in over 30 countries across Europe. Founded in 1970, EuChemS aims to provide a single voice on key science and policy issues, based on expert scientific knowledge and to promote chemistry as a provider of solutions in a changing world. EuChemS Professional Networks cover all areas of chemistry, enable networks between European scientists to thrive, and provide expert advice to EuChemS’ policy positions. EuChemS organises the biennial EuChemS Chemistry Congress open to all, and has an event recognition scheme in place to promote chemistry-related events across Europe. EuChemS is pleased to present a prize of €1000 for the best chemistry entry in the EU Young Scientists Contest. For more information on EuChemS please see:

International Swiss Talent Forum: One student invited to attend ISTF with their individual project.

Expo-sciences Luxembourg: One project, up to three students, plus adult in charge, invited to attend Expo-sciences Luxembourg with their individual projects.


WOLFRAM Research is donating a one-year Mathematica Student Edition license plus a free one-year subscription to WolframAlpha Pro for all contestants submitting projects in the field of mathematics, physics and computer science.


Everything in nature is connected, and balance is vitally important for its continued existence. Therefore, research in nature is of great importance in order to preserve biodiversity.
Biodiversity knowledge will contribute to solutions for major, global issues involving climate, living environment, food supply and medicine. Our own future depends on biodiversity and
that’s why EUCYS and Naturalis Biodiversity Center supports young international talent in the fi eld of biodiversity research with the Naturalis Biodiversity Award. The award consists of a prize amount of 3000 euros to encourage young scientists.

The contestants of the EUCYS project that best connects science and society will be awarded with the Bright Young Minds Award. This prize is awarded by the founding partners of Leiden European City of Science: Gemeente Leiden, Hogeschool Leiden, Universiteit Leiden and LUMC.

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