Management: Prizing young innovators

May 14, 2003

Brussels, 13 May 2003

The 2003 Hendrik Casimir Award for talented young researchers gives a much-needed booster shot to European industrial innovation and development.

Are you under 35 and hold a postdoctoral or faculty position at a business school, research policy unit, or university? Through its Hendrik Casimir Award, the European Industrial Research Management Association (EIRMA) is offering young innovators a chance to meet and work with the people who manage innovation, research and development (R&D) in leading companies.

The aim of the award is to strengthen contacts between companies and academia by offering European business a true catalyst for change and improvement in innovation and research management.

EIRMA offers this annual award to one exceptional candidate who carries out work that leads to the submission of a paper good enough to be published in a scientific journal. This year's theme is: 'Increasing the entrepreneurial spirit of R&D'.

A winning proposition

The winner will take part in EIRMA's activities, gaining first-hand experience of how a wide range of European companies address R&D and innovation. A generous bursary will be provided to cover travel expenses and related costs. The winner will also make a significant contribution to the Association's annual conference, including a keynote speech.

This award honours EIRMA's first president, who founded the organisation in 1966 to enhance innovation through market-oriented R&D. Today, it comprises more than 150 member companies in over 20 countries, which collectively fund a large proportion of European business enterprise investment in R&D.

Andrew Dearing, secretary-general of EIRMA, advises people to start thinking about their submissions already. "[Applicants] need to be aware that the deadline for submitting applications is July 31, so time is relatively short," he said. The winner will be announced on 1 September.

Contact: adearing@eirma.fr

More information on this subject:

European Industrial Research Management Association http://www.eirma.asso.fr/

DG Research
http://europa.eu.int/comm/dgs/research/i ndex_en.html
http://europa.eu.int/comm/research/headl ines.html#05

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