Building on its long-term experience in holding contests for young scientists in Russia, the Global Energy Association is bringing its Youth Program to the international level starting from 2019. Now young engineers from all over the world can take part in the contest for the best research project and implemented idea.
For 16 years, the Global Energy Association has been holding contests for young researchers and innovators, thereby contributing to the formation of the future energy by encouraging scientists to develop advanced scientific and technological innovations.
“The main goal of the Global Energy International Youth Program is provision of incentives for research projects carried out by young scientists and engineers in the energy sector through the allocation of grants and personal awards. It is important for us to stimulate the increasing cooperation and experience exchange between Russian and young foreign engineers in the energy sector. Also, we would like to encourage for creation of a talent pool of future engineers in the energy sector,” said the Acting President of the Global Energy Association Alexander Ignatov.
Students, young scientists and engineers under the age of 40 engaged in R&D in the energy sector are invited to participate in the program. Applications are accepted in English in two categories: “Idea” and “Startup”. At the same time, the applicant has the right to submit no more than one application for only one of the categories during one nomination cycle for the program.
Within the “Idea” category, international projects and studies in the energy sector are considered in three areas: “Traditional energy”, “Non-traditional energy” and “New ways of energy application”. Winners are determined in each of these three areas: one per area. Each winner receives grant in the amount of around 14 000 Euro (1 million rubles) for the continuation of his research in the framework of the announced project for a period of one calendar year.
International projects in the field of energy, successfully introduced into production during the last 5 years, are accepted for participation in the competition in the “Startup” category. For this category, one winner receives a personal prize of around 14 000 (1 million rubles).
Recall that the Global Energy Association has been holding competitions for young researchers since 2004 with a total of 1,120 contestants and 73 winners. The winners have received a total of about 700 000 Euro (50 million rubles) in grants and personal awards. Today, 25% of the winners’ projects have been fully implemented in the production process or are at the final stage of development. The winners’ projects cover all major areas of the energy sector. 55.4% of the projects are related to R&D in traditional energy, 31% are aimed at the development of alternative energy, and 14% concern new energy technologies.