FEMS Materials Innovation Medal

The Federation of European Materials Science Societies (FEMS) bi-annually awards a Materials Innovation Prize (MIP) for distinguished scientists or engineers to recognise outstanding contributions to technological development and innovation based on exceptional contributions in materials science and engineering. The prize celebrates inventions and innovations that have favourable impact on quality of life of the individual as well as general welfare, sustainability, and environmental impact of the economy.

Criteria for the Prize

  • Degree of innovation (excellence of the idea, inventive step)
  • Market potential: perspectives for feasibility and application, R&D collaborations and technology transfer between institute and industry, patents, license and other contracts between institute and industry, spin-offs
  • Publications and invited talks at conferences.

The Prize consists of a specially designed medal. It was established in 2008 and awarded for the first time in 2009.


2019 Prof. María Vallet-Regí, Madrid, E
2017 Dr. Thierry Chartier, Limoges, FR
2015 Prof. Leigh Canham, Malvern, UK
2013 Prof. Johan Martens, Leuven, BE
2011 Prof. Michael Graetzel, Lausanne, CH
2009 Prof. Derek J. Fray, Cambridge, UK


The Medal is presented at the biennial EUROMAT Conference, which is held in odd numbered years.

The Medal is to be awarded to still active materials scientists or engineers for distinguished contributions to Materials Science and Engineering in Europe. Proposals should be made on the basis of the achievements related to technological progress.

Candidates for the award may be proposed by the

  • Member Societies of FEMS,
  • Executive Committee of FEMS,
  • Award Selection Committee of FEMS,
  • Boards of companies that manufacture or apply advanced materials.

The FEMS Secretariat will publish a call for proposals a year before the next EUROMAT Conference.

Nominations must be submitted to the FEMS Secretariat. There is no age limit for nomination, but the award shall not include posthumous selections. The nomination package should contain a brief description of the respective contribution to Materials Science and Engineering to be recognised (maximum of 3 pages), a CV and a list of patents and publications. Also, a list of former PhD students and post-docs trained by the nominee should be included, indicating the positions presently held by those younger colleagues. Letters of support from two personalities who are familiar with the candidate’s achievements should be included with the nomination, at least one of them from a company. A proposed citation of not more than thirty words should be submitted with the nomination. A nominee should preferably (but not exclusively) have European nationality or have done much of his/her research work in Europe.

Responsibility for the selection of the recipient rests with the Award Selection Committee. The ASC will review nominations and propose one candidate to the Executive Committee (EC) not later than 6 months prior to the presentation of the award.

The recipient should be present at the awards event for appropriate recognition and to present a lecture on their innovations at the EUROMAT Conference. He/she will be asked to publish a corresponding article in a European Materials Science and Engineering Journal.

Awards Selection Committee

Both the chairman and the two other members of the Awards Selection Committee are appointed by the FEMS Executive Committee for a period of up to four years.

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