EFCE Excellence Award in Recognition of Outstanding PhD Thesis on CAPE


Call for nominations 2022

This document describes how this award series will operate and the rules & procedures governing nomination and selection of candidates.

The award will comprise

  • A certificate
  • A cash prize of 1,500 EUR
  • A travel grant (not exceeding 500 Euros) to attend the ESCAPE event where the award will be presented

The award will be presented

  • At an ESCAPE-event during an even-numbered year (ie. 2006, 2008, etc), in plenary session
  • The EFCE Excellence Award in Recognition of an Outstanding PhD Thesis on CAPE 2024 will be presented at ESCAPE34-PSE24 which will be held in Florence, Italy, on 2-6 June 2024.
    PhD theses defended after 1 January 2021 may be nominated for evaluation (3 calendar years before the submission deadline). The closing date for nominations is
31 December 2023.

  • Any PhD supervisor at a PhD-awarding institution in an EFCE member country may make one nomination (any subsequent nominations from the same supervisor will be rejected ) on behalf of a PhD student.
  • The nominated PhD Thesis must address a topic relevant to the field of CAPE - computer aided process engineering, or process systems engineering (PSE) the general scope of which is defined on the EFCE CAPE WP website (https://www.wp-cape.eu/).
  • The nominated thesis must have been defended after 1 January 2021.
Nomination procedure, supporting documentation & closing date

Supporting documentation: nominations should be submitted via the online submission tool and must contain the following information:

  • Name, address and CV of nominee (PhD-student)
  • Name and address of nominator/supervisor
  • PhD Thesis title
  • Date work commenced and date PhD awarded and Thesis published (note that the Thesis must have been completed and published and the PhD degree examined and awarded)
  • Three letters of recommendation (no more than two pages each), from the supervisor/nominator and two independent referees from different institutions (one of whom could be the national delegate to the EFCE CAPE WP), outlining the key contribution to CAPE research and/or practice and stating clearly why the Thesis is considered to be truly outstanding and thus deserving the Excellence Award.
  • An extended abstract in English (maximum 10 pages) containing the following information: summary, problem addressed, state of the art, key innovations, applications/implementations/results, references.
  • At least one (but no more than two) refereed publications in English (in either a journal or the proceedings of a well-established conference series), with the candidate as first-named and primary author.
  • Upon request: A copy of the Thesis, as published (this will be returned after the evaluation is completed, on request)

Submission Form


  • Deadline : nominations must be submitted by the supervisor to reach the PhD Award Committee, without fail, no later than 31 December 2023.
    Late nominations will be not be considered
  • The winning candidate, if any, will be informed no later than March 31st of the year in which the award will be presented.

Publication of selected work
  • The successful candidate will be invited to make a plenary presentation at the ESCAPE event at which the award is presented.
  • The successful candidate will be invited to prepare a paper for publication (based on the extended abstract) as a "guest paper" in Computers & Chemical Engineering.