Submit your application for the Materials Today EPJ Award Today


Our Editors and Editorial Board are dedicated to support mid-career researchers and we are delighted to launch a new Biennial Mid-Career Best European Polymer Journal Paper Award named the Materials Today EPJ Award. The submission deadline is 30 September 2018.

Entry Criteria

This is a best paper award, so applicants need to submit a paper to this virtual special issue collection within the submission window.

The competition will be open to all researchers working within the scope of European Polymer Journal who submit a paper to this collection within the submission window and who meet the following criteria:

  • Researchers may only have completed a minimum of 8 years of active research after receiving their PhD* and a maximum of 15 years of active research after receiving their PhD*
  • The researcher applying should be the lead author** on the paper
  • The submission window will be from 1 January 2018-30 September 2018.
  • Only original Research Paper article types will be considered. Review articles will not be considered.
  • Authors may submit by selecting the special issue tab and VSI:MT EPJ Award
  • All submissions must include a cover letter that states which author is applying for the award, the year of PhD completion and the individual’s scientific contribution to the research in the submitted paper.

* This competition is open to mid-career researchers who have completed a maximum of fifteen years full time research after receiving their PhD. Researchers who work part time should state that they work part time and ensure that the full-time equivalent of their active research after PhD does not exceed fifteen years. Researchers who have taken career breaks should indicate in their cover letter the dates of any career breaks taken.

** Lead author does not necessarily mean first author.


The Awards will be presented at Frontiers in Polymer Science Conference 5-8 May 2019.

  • 1st Prize: Registration for Frontiers in Polymer Science 2019, EPJ print issue and a Galileo book, cash prize of $2000
  • 2nd Prize: Registration for Frontiers in Polymer Science 2019, EPJ print issue and a Galileo book.
  • 3rd Prize: EPJ print issue and a Galileo book

Award Committee

G. J. Vancso, University of Twente, Enschede, Netherlands

F. Du Prez, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium

R. Hoogenboom, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium

B. Klumperman, Stellenbosch University, Matieland, South Africa

M. Shaver, University of Edinburgh, UK

Y. Yu Fudan, University, Shanghai, China