Applications for the second edition of the BASF-ICIQ Awards in Innovation and Entrepreneurship, jointly organized by BASF and the Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ-CERCA), are now open. The two organizations have been collaborating for years on projects related to the promotion of scientific research in the field of chemistry. With this new call, they seek to reward the most innovative projects.
The prizes will consist of three different categories:
First, the best doctoral thesis in any applied science or in industry challenges will be awarded. The objective in this category is to recognize doctoral theses within the area of chemistry with a high level of quality and will have an economic endowment of € 2,500. The requirements to qualify for the prize for the best thesis are to have read and publicly defended the doctoral thesis in a Spanish or Portuguese university during the last three years and to have published at least one article in a recognized scientific journal, derived from the doctoral thesis and to have stated the affiliation of the university in question.
The second category of the awards will be the one that will recognize the best patent, in order to recognize the most relevant scientific-technological advances that demonstrate a knowledge transfer activity, patented in Spain or Portugal in recent years. This prize will consist of a diploma and an economic endowment of € 2,500. For this, it will be necessary that the patent in question is focused within a delimited technological scope and that it is already published and filed during the last 10 years (for patents of IPOs and universities) or in the last 5 years (for patents of companies).
Finally, the third category will reward entrepreneurs, recognizing the trajectory and effort of companies and young people with great potential in the field of chemistry. This prize will be endowed with € 4,000 and to achieve it the companies that opt for it must be constituted as a legal entity for profit (S.A, S.L, Sociedad Laboral, Cooperativas, Sociedad Civil) and have fiscal address within the peninsula, have started their activity within the last 5 years and be a small or medium company.
Candidatures can be submitted until Wednesday, May 3, 2023 at 2 p.m. (CET), and can be submitted to several categories.