Nature Research Awards for Driving Global Impact 2021 (Up to $40,000 grant)

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Applications are open for the Nature Research Awards for Driving Global Impact 2021. The award aims at championing researchers who address global challenges.

Science is critical in solving global challenges. In 2021 they invite applications from early career researchers working in these areas:

  • Food security, water security and/or energy security – ensuring a long term, sustainable supply of either food, water or energy.
  • Healthcare interventions – the assessment, improvement or promotion of human health.
  • Environmental protection – protection of the natural environment on land and water including the repair of damage.
  • Climate change – slowing climate change and adapting to what’s unavoidable.
  • Sustainable cities – building green, liveable cities that last.


Prizes will be awarded to one winner and two runners up.

  • The winner will receive a grant of USD 30,000, coverage on and on the Award’s website.
  • The two runners up will each receive a grant of USD 10,000 and coverage on and on the Award’s website.

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Applicants must:

  • Be employed by a university, research institute or any other not-for-profit organisation.
  • Hold a PhD or clinical doctorate, one of which awarded not earlier than January 1, 2006.
  • Lead an independent research group established within the past 5 years as of January 1, 2021.
  • Demonstrate the application, or potential application, of their research to make a positive impact on one of the global challenges above.
  • Dates may be adjusted in the case of maternity leave(s) or other formal leave(s) of absence taken before the application deadline to adjust for the duration of the leave taken.
  • The reference date for calculation of the eligibility period should be the date of commencement of the first independent research project led by the team leader named in the application. In practice everyone who commenced such a position after December 31, 2015 is eligible. This period will be extended in the case of maternity leave(s) or other formal leave(s) of absences taken after the January 1, 2006 and before the application deadline with the duration of the leave taken.

Evaluation Criteria

Applications will be assessed against the following criteria:

  • Scientific achievements.
  • Research programme and its potential for scientific impact.
  • Research programme and its potential for impact on the global challenges.

Applications from developing and emerging STEM nations are highly encouraged, so location will be taken into account during the evaluation process.


Applications are invited between January 11, 2021 and 23:59 GMT on March 21, 2021. Applicants must read and agree to the terms and conditions of the award programme.

Click Here To Apply

For more information, see FAQ and visit Nature Research Awards.

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