Limited submission opportunity: ETH Materials Research Prize for Young Investigators

These instructions are for VU investigators. VUMC investigators should visit the OOR funding opportunity site.

Vanderbilt University may nominate one researcher for the ETH Materials Research Prize for Young Investigators competition.

The ETH (Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule ZürichMaterials Research Prize for Young Investigators recognizes outstanding contributions of young investigators that advance materials, from fundamental to applied research. These contributions could include, for example: the discovery of new classes of materials, the observation of novel phenomena leading to either fundamentally new applications or insights, and work that substantially impacts our understanding or applications of existing materials and phenomena. The prize consists of CHF 10,000 (the equivalent of ~$9,900 USD at time of posting), a certificate citing the contribution of the recipient, and an allowance for travel to the ETH Materials Day at which the award is presented together with a keynote address by the prizewinner. The Materials Day is a biannual celebration at which the ETH Department of Materials presents its research to Swiss academia, industry, and the public.

The prize has been established in order to emphasize the fundamental role young researchers play in advancing materials science, spanning fundamental and applied research. It is endowed by the ETH Department of Materials and will be awarded biannually.


The prize is open to scientists of all nationalities irrespective of where their work has been carried out. To be eligible for the prize, the researcher should be an assistant professor (or an equivalent form of independent researcher) at the time of nomination.

See the announcement for more information.

Interested faculty should visit to apply for the internal LSO competition and to find additional information about the opportunity.  Please note the application materials required. The deadline for the internal competition is Tuesday, June 4, 2019.

Any questions about these opportunities may be directed to