The Dream Chemistry Award is being offered by the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences (ICHF), for ambitious research projects.
The Dream Chemistry Award was established in 2013 by the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences (ICHF). It is designed to award ambitious chemists and allow them the opportunity to develop projects which provide innovative solutions to problems in the field of chemistry. The contest is directed at young PhDs researching in the natural and technical sciences field.
Projects which might otherwise be denied funding due to the complexity or expense of the funding have the possibility to apply for funding based on the original of the project and the scientific problem which the chemist aims to solve.
What kind of projects win the Dream Chemistry Award?
According to the award’s website: ‘The Dream Chemistry Award is a competition unlike any other. We award a prize to a young chemist based on the boldness of the idea that he/she dreams to solve.’
Last year’s winner of the Dream Chemistry Award was Jessica R. Kramer. Kramer won the Dream Chemistry Award based on her visionary project about new cancer therapeutics. Her project investigated the protective saccharide coat of cell membranes (glycocalyx) could be used as an innovative tool for cancer therapeutics.
The Honorary Committee of the Dream Chemistry Award includes the Nobel Prize winner Prof. Richard Schrock (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), the creator of the ATRP polymer synthesis method Prof. Krzysztof Matyjaszewski (Carnegie Mellon University), Prof. Bartosz Grzybowski who directed the project for the well-known package Chematica; and Prof. Josef Michl (University of Colorado Boulder, IOCB Prague), the author of five books and winner of several academic awards.
When will the project ideas be released?
The Contest Committee is working on selecting five finalists who will present their ideas at the Institute of Physical Chemistry PAS in Warsaw, Poland on 3-4 December.