EFCE Excellence Award in Product Design and Engineering


Call for nominations 2021

The EFCE is pleased to announce the 2021 Excellence Award in Product Design and Engineering to recognise a PhD thesis or papers published in the preceding two-year period, which demonstrates an outstanding contribution to research and/or practice in Product Design and Engineering. This document describes how this award series will operate and the rules and procedures governing nomination and selection of candidates.

The award will comprise:

  • A certificate
  • A cash award of EUR 1,500
  • A travel grant (not exceeding EUR 500) to attend the Symposium on Future Directions in Product Design and Engineering where the award will be presented

The 2021 EFCE Excellence Award in Product Design and Engineering is sponsored by Beiersdorf and will be presented at the Symposium on Future Directions in Product Design and Engineering which will be held in conjunction with the 13th European Congress of Chemical Engineering (ECCE13 & ECAB6) in virtually on 19-23 September 2021.

PhD theses and papers published between 1 January 2019 and 31 December 2020 may be nominated for evaluation.

Closing date for nominations is

extended to 15 April 2021


  • The award is presented to researchers or engineers in the early stage of their careers (below 35), who have made excellent contributions to Product Design and Engineering.
  • Nominations may be submitted by
    -  PhD supervisors at a PhD-awarding institution in an EFCE Member Country, or
    -  Members of a national or regional member association of EFCE
  • Self-nominations are excluded
  • No more than one nomination can be submitted by the same person
  • The nominated PhD thesis or papers must address a topic relevant to the field of Product Design and Engineering.
  • The nominated PhD thesis or papers must have been published during the two calendar years preceding the closing date for nominations.
  • The nominated PhD thesis must have been completed and published and the PhD degree examined and awarded.
Nomination procedure, supporting documentation and closing date

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

  • Name and address and CV of the nominee
  • Name and address of the nominator
  • Title of the PhD thesis or the nominees papers
  • Date work commenced, PhD awarded and thesis or papers published.
  • List of publications of the nominee
  • Two letters of recommendation in English (no more than two pages each), from two independent referees, as well as  a nomination letter in in English from the nominator (no more than two pages), outlining the key contribution to Product Design and Engineering and stating clearly why the contribution is considered to be truly outstanding and thus deserving the Excellence Award,
  • In the case of nominating a PhD thesis: an extended abstract in English (maximum 10 pages) containing a summary, the problem addressed and the current situation, key results, applications or implementations and impact of the research as well as references.
    (A copy of the thesis as published is to be made available upon request and this will be returned after evaluation.)
  • In the case of nominating papers: two refereed papers in English in either a journal or the proceedings of a well established conference series, with the candidate as first-named and primary author.

Submission Form


  • Deadline: nominations must be submitted to reach the Excellence Award Committee no later than the announced deadline. Late nominations will not be considered.


Publication of selected work

The successful candidate will be invited to make a presentation at the Symposium on Future Directions in Product Design and Engineering at which the Award is presented.