Restart 2016 – 2020 «Nurturing an RTDI Culture» – Competition «Cyprus Research Award – Young Researcher 2023»


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National Grant Schemes

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Research & Innovation Foundation Programmes

Programme Description

In this section you may find information on National Schemes published by the Cyprus Research and Innovation Foundation (formerly know as the Research Promotion Foundation – RPF).


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Restart 2016 – 2020 «Nurturing an RTDI Culture» – Competition «Cyprus Research Award – Young Researcher 2023»


The Research and Innovation Foundation (RIF), in the frame of its activities for recognizing and rewarding research excellence, established an annual Research Award for Cyprus in 2007.

The “Cyprus Research Award – Young Researcher” is awarded to young researchers that have demonstrated the ability to perform high quality research. The Award aims to highlight the  research activity, achievements and personality of young scientists undertaking research in Cyprus, who have shown an ability to produce significant and internationally recognized results from the early stages of their career. In addition, the Award aims to actively support young researchers, facilitating the continuation of their work and research career.

Detailed Call Description

In 2013, the Award was modified in order to separately reward young and more experienced researchers, in a parallel attempt to support early-career researchers and promote distinguished scientists active in Cyprus.

The “Cyprus Research Award – Young Researcher” is awarded annually in each of the following thematic areas:

  • Life Sciences.
  • Physical Sciences & Engineering.
  • Social Sciences & Humanities.

ERC Visiting Fellowship

In addition, RIF bearing in mind that funding from the European Research Council (ERC) of the Horizon Europe Programme indicates high quality research and in order to increase the participation and success of Cypriot researchers in ERC Calls, offers the opportunity to the winners of the Cyprus Research Awards to apply for the ERC Visiting Fellowship. Through the ERC Visiting Fellowship, the winner will have the opportunity to travel abroad for a period of between 3-6 months (not necessarily consecutive) to an ERC Grantee, with the aim of enhancing his/her research profile and knowledge exchange in an international environment and prepare a proposal (with a Host Organisation in the areas controlled by the Republic of Cyprus) for one of the following ERC calls: Starting Grant, Consolidator Grant, Advanced Grant.


Call Total Budget

€330 000. Prize of each thematic area: €60 000

Financing percentage by EU or other bodies / Level of Subsidy or Loan

Award – Funding
The winner for each thematic area is announced during the Cyprus Research and Innovation Awards Ceremony, where the rationale for the decision for each area is also announced. Winners will receive a work of art, specially made for the Awards.

Moreover, the Young Researcher’s Host Organisation (HO) will be granted an amount of €60,000 for the continuation of his/her research work as Project Coordinator, which should be used in the framework of a project of duration between twelve (12) and twenty four (24) months.

The signing of the Contracts must be completed up to 3 months from the date of the invitation to the Contract Preparation procedure. Otherwise, RIF reserves the right to terminate the Contract Preparation process.

In addition, in case of approval for the ERC Visiting Fellowship, a grant of up to €50,000 will be awarded to the Host Organization (HO), depending on the duration of the Fellowship (maximum €8,333 for each month of duration). The ERC Visiting Fellowship grant will be used for the travel expenses of the researcher receiving the award abroad (salary and travel and accommodation expenses) and will be reimbursed for actual costs. In any case, the proof of submission of the proposal to the ERC will be a deliverable of the relevant ERC Visiting Fellowship project.

Thematic Categories

  • Research, Technological Development and Innovation

Eligibility for Participation

  • Educational Institutions
  • Researchers/Research Centers/Institutions

Eligibility For Participation Notes

Nominees – The nominated researchers should:

  • hold a PhD degree on the announcement date of the Call,
  • have a maximum of seven (7) years of experience since the completion of their PhD and up to the announcement date of the Call (between the 12th of May 2016 and the 12th of May 2023 inclusive)
  • have been working and living in Cyprus on a permanent basis during the last three (3) years up to the announcement date of the Call (between the 12th May 2020 and the 12th of May 2023 inclusive)

Extensions are possible under certain circumstances for career breaks for maternity or paternity leave, military service or documented sick leave.

The nominated researchers may be of any nationality and must have been working in any Research Organization, Enterprise or other Public or Private Entity legally established and active in the areas under the control of the Republic of Cyprus.

The researchers should be nominated by another person. There is no restriction on the number of young researchers a person or organization may nominate for the Award.
Individuals who have already been awarded under the “Cyprus Research Award – New Researcher” can not apply again.

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Call Closing Date


National Contact Point(s)

Research and Innovation Foundation

Τelephone: +35722205000