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).


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. 


The Young Investigator Awards are named in recognition of their generous sponsors and they are administered by the ISSNAF Scientific Council.


ISSNAF is very pleased to announce the Young Investigator Awards 2020 and grateful to their sponsors for their generosity.


Embassy of Italy Award to Honor Young Italian Researchers for Research to Fight COVID-19

Established in 2020 to recognize young investigators in all fields of research whose work has shown potential for significant impact to the prevention and/or management of COVID-19. 


Franco Strazzabosco Award for Research in Engineering

Established by the Strazzabosco family in 2013 in memory of the late Dott. Ing. Franco Strazzabosco, it is a tribute to the entrepreneurial courage of Italian engineers, who strive to apply scientific discoveries to public advantage.

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 founder.

Paola Campese Award for Research in Leukemia

Established by Stefania and Vito Campese in 2011 in memory of their young, talented, and generous daughter Paola.

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

Finalists will receive the Award Finalist Certificate.


Applications are evaluated considering the applicant’s curriculum, the quality of their research accomplishments, and their personal contributions to the research. Three finalists for each Award will be invited to present their research at the ISSNAF Annual Meeting in the fall of 2020. A Jury will select the winner. Applicants will be notified of the outcome by October 15, 2020.

Eligibility requirements

  1. Italian citizenship

  2. Current affiliation with a research institution in the United States or Canada

  3. PhD received, or Medical Residency completed, not earlier than January 1, 2013 and not later than December 31, 2018

For questions contact awards@issnaf.org


The ISSNAF Lifetime Achievement Award acknowledges outstanding individuals of Italian origin who, thanks to their pioneering spirit and lifetime commitment, have honored their country of origin and given a significant contribution to research, leadership, and mentorship in any field.


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.


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