Three young eastern European scientists working in Germany were among the 25 recipients of the inaugural European Young Investigator Awards (EURYI), whose names the European Science Foundation announced last Thursday (July 29).

The awards, which grant up to €1.25 million over 5 years for each winner, are being run under the auspices of European Heads of Research Councils (EUROHORCS) and the European Science Foundation (ESF) and are funded by 15 national research agencies.

It is hoped that the prizes, which are open to scientists from anywhere in the world, will boost European science by enabling talented young researchers to build their own research teams.

"Many of our organizations have developed specific strategies to attract and support highly qualified young researchers. We shared the conviction that outstanding young researchers need to be offered excellent research conditions which enable them to carry out their own independent research unit as early as possible,"...

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