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Every year, ISSNAF celebrates the achievements of outstanding Italian researchers in North America at the ISSNAF Annual by presenting the following awards:

​Partner organizations co-sponsor additional awards.

ISSNAF celebrates the Italian Diaspora via its social media and by facilitating their engagement at local events, for example the BAC Talks (YouTube channel).

YOUNG INVESTIGATOR AWARDS
CALL FOR APPLICATIONS 2021

ISSNAF annually awards the Young Investigator Awards in various disciplines to outstanding, early-career Italian researchers working in the United States or Canada, in recognition of their significant and innovative contributions to their field of research.

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ISSNAF is very pleased to announce the Young Investigator Awards of 2021 and is grateful to their generous sponsors for their generosity: 

  

EMBASSY OF ITALY AWARD FOR RESEARCH IN SUSTAINABILITY 
Established in 2020, this year’s edition recognizes young Italian investigators in the USA in the fields of materials, energy, human health, and production processes - both agricultural and industrial - whose work has shown potential for improving global sustainability.

 - FRANCO STRAZZABOSCO AWARD FOR RESEARCH IN ENGINEERING
Established in 2013 by the Strazzabosco family in memory of Dott. Ing. Franco Strazzabosco, this award is a tribute to the entrepreneurial courage of Italian engineers who strive to apply scientific discoveries to the public advantage. Note that this year’s edition excludes the fields of engineering specifically covered by the Embassy of Italy Award.

 - MARIO GERLA AWARD FOR RESEARCH IN COMPUTER SCIENCE 
Established by the Gerla family in 2019 in memory of Dr. Mario Gerla, professor of Computer Science at UCLA and ISSNAF founding member.

 - PAOLA CAMPESE AWARD FOR RESEARCH IN HEMATOLOGIC MALIGNANCIES
Established by Stefania and Vito Campese in 2011 in memory of their young, talented, and generous daughter Paola.

RnB4CULTURE AWARD FOR INNOVATION IN THE STUDY OF ITALIAN CULTURE
Established this year by RnB4Culture, this award recognizes the vibrancy of research in Italian culture and its evolving nature expressed in a variety of ways such as innovative uses of technology, or originality of approach, or contribution to wider questions and trends in the Humanities at large.

  

Winners will receive the Award Winner Certificate and a prize of $3,000. 

Finalists will receive the Award Finalist Certificate. 

Winners and Finalists will receive public recognition of their accomplishments. 

  

Applications will be evaluated considering the applicant’s curriculum, the quality and impact of their research, and their personal contributions to the research. Three Finalists will be selected for each of the Awards. Finalists will present their research at the virtual Young ISSNAF Symposia in November 2021. A jury will select the Winners. These Symposia are open to the public. 

  

Winners will be announced and receive their award at the ISSNAF Annual Event on December 1, 2021. 

  

ISSNAF reserves the right to exclude applicants not meeting standards of good scholarship and integrity. 

  

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS 

1)   Italian citizenship; 

2)   Current affiliation with a research institution in the United States or Canada with the exception that applicants for the Embassy of Italy Award must work in the USA; 

3)   PhD received or Medical/Veterinary Residency completed between January 1, 2014 and December 31, 2019.    

  

IMPORTANT DATES 

-   June 30, 2021 Application submission deadline 

-   August 6, 2021 Applicants are notified whether their application has been accepted. 

-   October 15, 2021 Applicants are notified whether they have been selected to be Finalists. 

-   November 2021 Finalists present their research at the virtual Young ISSNAF Symposia. 

-   December 1, 2021 Winners are announced at the ISSNAF Annual Event. 

To apply, please submit the Young Investigator Awards 2021 Application Form

  

For any questions, please contact awards@issnaf.org

PAST AWARDEES
Year
Name
Award
Placement
2020
Alba Grifoni
Embassy of Italy Award for COVID-19 Research
Winner
2020
Angela Savino
Paola Campese YI Award for Resarch in Leukemia
Finalist
2020
Davide Seruggia
Paola Campese YI Award for Resarch in Leukemia
Finalist
2020
Emilio Nanni
Franco Strazzabosco YI Award for Research in Engineering
Finalist
2020
Ferdinando Fioretto
Mario Gerla YI Award for Research in Computer Science
Finalist
2020
Francesca Vallese
Embassy of Italy Award for COVID-19 Research
Finalist
2020
Jessica Gambardella
Embassy of Italy Award for COVID-19 Research
Finalist
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OTHER AWARDS
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ISSNAF collaborates with other institutions and manages the award process in celebrating Italian talents in all disciplines.

  • Leonardo 500, Award sponsored by the Leonardo da Vinci Society in the Bay Area in cooperation with the ISSNAF Bay Area Chapter

  • Intesa Sanpaolo Award for Innovation & Circular Economy Award in 2017,  managed by the ISSNAF Open Innovation and Entrepreneurship Chapter

 

 

Contact awards@issnaf.org to learn how your institution can sponsor an award.