New award for young outstanding researchers: nominations are open

“The Research Council is devoting a great deal of attention to young researchers in numerous ways. The establishment of the new award is a clear indication of our focus on young outstanding researchers. We hope the prize will serve to inspire individuals at the start of their careers,” says Arvid Hallén, Director General of the Research Council of Norway.

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“Hopefully there are many who will take the opportunity to submit their suggestions for qualified candidates,” Mr. Hallén continues. The deadline for nominations to the Research Council of Norway's Award for Young Outstanding Researchers for 2016 is 17 June. Send your nomination to

In need of more researchers with bold ideas

Anders Schomacker Anders Schomacker is a newly appointed member of the jury that will be selecting the winners of both the new Award for Young Outstanding Researchers and the Award for Outstanding Research. He himself represents somewhat of an exception in the world of Norwegian research, having recently become a professor of Geology at UiT The Arctic University of Norway at the young age of 37.

“Society is undergoing major change, and Norway needs to think in the direction of economic renewal and restructuring. As such, it is vital to invest in young researchers with innovative ideas. Many researchers achieve excellent results early in their careers. It is important that the best candidates have the opportunity to expand on their ideas and have access to research funding that allows them to pursue a career in research,” Dr Schomacker says.

The award can make a major difference

Anders Schomacker is concerned about conditions for young researchers in general, and is vice-chair of the Young Academy of Norway, which was founded last year. He firmly believes that a national award, open to all fields and disciplines, can be a source of motivation for young researchers.
Dr Schomacker is looking forward to learning more about the many exciting problems and topics that young, talented researchers are working on, and has defined some of what he thinks would be the characteristics of a winner: “I envision a person with an inquisitive mind who works in a very goal-oriented fashion. He or she may be in the process of building up her or his own research group and has begun publishing articles in the best journals. This is the kind of researcher who dares to think outside the box and is involved in high-risk research that can break new ground,” he says.

One of four Research Council awards

The Research Council awards four prestigious prizes to researchers and innovators each year. In addition to the Award for Young Outstanding Researchers, these are: the Award for Outstanding Research, the Innovation Award and the Award for Excellence in Communication of Science. The awards for 2016 will be presented during the Research Council’s Evening of Excellence on 28 September. 

Read more about the Research Council's awards.

The Research Council of Norway's Award for Young Outstanding Researchers

  • The award was first established in 2016.
  • It is intended to reward high scientific merit, independence and innovative thinking, and to motivate the winner to expand their efforts and continue to pursue a career in research.
  • The award is open to young researchers in any subject or discipline, including interdisciplinary research.
  • The award comprises a cash prize of NOK 500 000.
  • The award winner must not be older than 38 at the time of award conferral, with time subtracted for statutory leaves of absence, compulsory military service or long-term sick leave.



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