MCAA Awards 2021

Every year, the Marie Curie Alumni Association (MCAA) highlights and rewards its members for their actions and activities within the community. Four Awards are given to the members who excelled during the year:

- MCAA Career Award to reward a member with a career of excellence

- MCAA Best Innovator Award to reward a member who presents the best innovation approach

- MCAA Social Impact Award to reward a member whose activity has a positive social impact

- MCAA Outstanding Contributor Award to reward a member who has contributed the most to the MCAA

The award winners are selected by an independent jury (award committee). This committee assesses all applications. The awards are officially granted during the MCAA Annual Conference and General Assembly to be held in Lisbon on 26 March 2022.

Through this call, the Marie Curie Alumni Association invites its members to apply for the awards and showcase their achievements. MCAA members can nominate their colleagues by filling in the form (Link to form) with the nominee’s information.

In addition, the MCAA Board can recommend and offer a MCAA Honorary Recognition to reward a member/non-member and/or organisation for outstanding contributions to the development and growth of the Association.

CONDITIONS AND PROFILE FOR AWARDS

Applications for the MCAA Awards are only open to Marie Curie Alumni Association members registered for at least 12 consecutive months (from the date of submission of the application), and represent a prize provided in a non-monetary form* as follows:

MCAA Career Award€ 1,500.00
MCAA Best Innovator Award€ 1,500.00
MCAA Social Impact Award€ 1,500.00
MCAA Outstanding Contributor Award€ 1,500.00
MCAA Honorary RecognitionSpecial Honorary Recognition

* Non-monetary prize (e.g. subscription to a publication, attendance at Conference)

To avoid any conflict of interest, the 11 MCAA Board Members are not eligible to apply.

Profile for the MCAA Career Award:

The aim of this Award is to reward a member with a career of excellence.

The application shall describe the member’s career achievements and explain why he/she deserves to be recognised for this award. Career achievements can take different forms, such as outstanding work/research experience, and quality and impact on the community. In addition, the member shall also present 2 letters of recommendation (to be uploaded with the submission of the online application form for this award).

Only members with at least four years of full-time equivalent research experience (from the date of submission of the application) can apply.

Profile for the MCAA Best Innovator Award:

The aim of this Award is to reward a member who presents the best innovation approach.

The application shall describe the member’s career achievements with innovative approaches and explain why he/she deserves to be recognised for this award. Career achievements can take different forms, such as excellence, new approaches to research, development of new services, products and/or methodologies. In addition, the member shall also present 2 letters of recommendation (to be uploaded with the submission of the online application form for this award).   

All members can apply.

Profile for the MCAA Social Impact Award:

The aim of this Award is to reward a member whose activity has a positive social impact.

The application shall describe the member’s career achievements with a positive social impact and explain why he/she deserves to be recognised for this award. Career achievements can take different forms, such as solutions to social challenges and initiatives with proven impact on communities/groups. In addition, the member shall also present 2 letters of recommendation (to be uploaded with the submission of the online application form for this award).

 All members can apply.

Profile for the MCAA Outstanding Contributor Award:

The aim of this Award is to reward a member who has contributed the most to the Marie Curie community in general and to the MCAA in particular.

The application shall describe the member’s activities to promote the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions and the MCAA, as well as to explain why he/she deserves to be recognised for this award. Such activities can take different forms, like development of the MCAA community, engagement and commitment to the MCAA, and representation of the MCAA in relevant events. In addition, the member shall also present 2 letters of recommendation (to be uploaded with the submission of the online application form for this award).

All members can apply.

MCAA members can nominate their colleagues by filling in the form with the nominee’s information.

HOW TO APPLY

Applications from all countries are welcome.

All applications must be completed in English.

NOTE on personal data

1. Applicants’ personal data will be administered by the contractor providing support services to the MCAA.

2. Submitting personal data is voluntary, yet it constitutes a prerequisite to submit an application.

3. By submitting an application to MCAA Awards 2021, each applicant agrees that personal data may be processed, shared and otherwise used for the purposes and within the selection process by the MCAA and third parties duly authorised to cooperate in the implementation of the selection procedure.

4. Applicants have the right to access, review, rectify or cancel their personal data through a written request submitted to support@mariecuriealumni.eu.

SELECTION PROCEDURE & DEADLINES

  • Publication of the call: 21 January 2022
  • Deadline for submission of applications: 28 February 2022
  • Recommendations from Award Committee to MCAA Board: 15 March 2022
  • MCAA Board final decision: 20 March 2022
  • Communication of results (by e-mail to all applicants): 21 March 2022

Award ceremony: MCAA Annual Conference 2022 in Lisbon on Saturday 26 March.

Selection of winners will be supported by an Award Committee composed of 5-6 independent parties who will provide recommendations to the MCAA Board.

Selection Criteria for the MCAA Awards 2021

Career Award

- Excellence;

- Outstanding work/research experience;

- Relevant career achievements.

Innovator Award

- Innovation approach;

- Development of new services, products and/or methodologies;

- Presentation of new approaches.

Social Impact Award

- Research/social relevance;

- Solutions to social challenges;

- Proven impact on communities/groups.

Outstanding Contributor Award

- Development of the MCAA community;

- Engagement and commitment to the MCAA;

- Representation of the MCAA in relevant events.

The winners will be decided by consensus. Details concerning how the results were reached will not be made publicly available unless otherwise agreed by the MCAA Board.

For the MCAA Honorary Recognition

This award will be offered by the MCAA Board upon proposal by one of its members and/or ex-officio members.

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