Reaxys SCI Early Career Researcher Award 2020

Reaxys SCI Early Career Researcher Awards

Early career

Gruppo Giovani


Since 1995 Elsevier has hosted the Early Career Researcher Awards together with partner organizations around the world.

The Early Career Researcher Awards recognize and reward outstanding young research talent who are making a significant contribution to their field of research and thus having a positive effect on society. Elsevier believes in the vital importance of supporting researchers at an early stage in their career and wants to recognize the institutions that foster them.

This is the sixth year that the Italian Chemical Society (SCI) and Elsevier have organized the Reaxys SCI Early Career Researcher Award in Italy. The joint aim of the project is to increase the visibility of the work of early career researchers in chemistry as well as to support their career development.

    Successful applicants will be awarded as follows:

  • 1st place: €1,500
  • 2nd place: €1,000
  • 3rd place: €500

2020 timelines

  • May 4: Competition opens
  • If you do not have access to Reaxys at your university and you are a member of SCI, you can request free access for the duration of this competition:

    Request trial access to Reaxys

  • June 9: Y-RICh workshop
  • Register for the workshop

  • June 23: Reaxys Tips, Tricks & Questions webinar
  • This webinar will explain the basic and advanced features of Reaxys, together with some guidelines that will help you with your application.

    Register for the webinar

  • July 15: Application deadline
  • July 16-31: Evaluation
  • Autumn: Virtual Award Ceremony

Qualification criteria

  • Applicants must be currently enrolled in a PhD program OR have completed their PhD in the current or previous year.
  • Applicants must be members of SCI Giovani (Young group of the Italian Chemical Society).

Application requirements

The application should include:

  • An essay on the topic: What (innovative) research are you doing in the field of chemistry or medicinal chemistry and how can a scientific database like Reaxys help you achieve your goals?
  • A CV.
  • A document that certifies your enrollment in a PhD program or completion of it in the current or previous year.
  • Supporting evidence of accomplishments (optional but encouraged).

Essay requirements

  • Any field of research is accepted, including: life sciences, medicinal and organic chemistry, materials sciences, industrial and inorganic chemistry, analytical, environmental, physical and theoretical chemistry and pharmaceutical chemistry.
  • Must be about either work in progress, an original idea for a project, or a paper already published.
  • Must strongly highlight how Reaxys (or other) scientific databases helped (or can help) them achieve their research goals.
  • Must be between 750 and 1500 words.
  • Must have a title and be easily readable also by chemists working in other research fields.
  • Must have a bibliography (does not contribute towards the word count).

Evaluation criteria

  • Innovation and originality.
  • Impact and importance to field.
  • Clarity of thought and completeness.
  • Essay requirements met.
  • Supporting evidence of accomplishments (i.e. has your work been published or patented).

How to apply

Submit your essay and supporting documentation by midnight on July 15 to Please allow 48hrs to receive email confirmation of the submission.

Meet our winners

Reaxys SCI Early Career Researcher Award 2019

1st place winner

Gianluigi Albano,
University of Pisa

2nd place winner

Denise Sighel,
University of Trento

3rd place winner

Marco Carlotti,
Italian Institute of Technology

Reaxys SCI Early Career Researcher Award 2018

1st place winner

Erica Del Grosso,
Sapienza University of Rome

2nd place winner

Daniele Massella
Polytechnic University of Turin

3rd place winner

Francesca Arcudi,
University of Trieste

Reaxys SCI Early Career Researcher Award 2017

1st place winner

Claudia Bonfio,
University of Trento

2nd place winner

Luca Capaldo,
University of Pavia

3rd place winner

Federica Leone,
Polytechnic University of Turin

Reaxys SCI Early Career Researcher Award 2016

1st place winner

Marta Da Pian,
Ca' Foscari University of Venice

2nd place winner

Stefania Mirabella,
University of Florence

3rd place winner

Gianluca Longoni,
University of Milano-Bicocca

Reaxys SCI Early Career Researcher Award 2015

Category* – Analytical, Environmental, Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

1st place winner

Alessia Amodio,
University of Trieste / University of Rome Tor Vergata

2nd place winner

Massimo Baroncini,
University of Bologna

3rd place winner

Giuseppe Trusso,
University of Catania

Category* – Biochemistry, Medicinal Chemistry and Organic Chemistry

1st place winner

Antonella Bochicchio,
University of Basilicata

2nd place winner

Elena Lenci,
University of Florence

3rd place winner

Davide Ravelli,
University of Pavia

Category* – Material Science, Industrial and Inorganic Chemistry

2nd place winner

Andrea Nava,
University of Modena and Reggio Emilia

3rd place winner

Rosalba Randazzo,
University of Catania

*Categories were eliminated in the following years.

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