R&D Breakthrough Awards


The R&D Breakthrough Awards is a new awards program for Entrepreneurial Scientists who are at the brink of their innovation careers.

Founded by the R&D Innovation Pillar of Advantage Business Marketing and Technium, these first-in-class awards will be presented in the fall of 2019. The inaugural awards will reflect top innovations that are ready to break through!

The 2019 R&D Breakthrough Awards recipients will present their work live at the R&D Breakthrough Summit and accept their award as this first inaugural class of winners. Judging will be held prior to the summit and will include industry representatives, R&D 100 Awards judges, technology CEOs, R&D Breakthrough Summit sponsors, and leaders from capital investment organizations.
 

What’s the Breakthrough Award?

The R&D Breakthrough Awards is a new awards program for Entrepreneurial Scientists who are at the brink of their innovation careers. The 2019 R&D Breakthrough Award recipient will present their work live at the R&D Breakthrough Summit and accept their award as this first inaugural class of winners.

Judging will be held prior to the Summit and will include industry representatives, R&D 100 Awards judges, technology CEOs, R&D Breakthrough Summit sponsors, and leaders from investment firms.
 

Why should you enter?

The R&D Breakthrough Awards takes every opportunity to publicly acknowledge and promote nominees across our R&D publication and media outlets with a detailed piece about the winner in our R&D Magazine.

The award winner is given a unique opportunity to share their stories to a variety of audiences along with an all-inclusive round-trip to the conference present their work.
 

Who should apply?

This award supports the next generation of entrepreneurial scientists – individuals who believe that knowledge is not just to be acquired, but to be applied.

Entrepreneurial scientists can navigate both the academic and business world with the understanding that capital helps translate scientific research into tangible products and services that solve real-world challenges.

If you’re an entrepreneurial scientist in early-stage research and development, the R&D Breakthrough Award gives you the opportunity to present your work at the R&D Breakthrough Summit in Austin, TX to top investors and scientists.

To qualify, you…

  • Must have a graduate degree and started a post-grad research position

  • Can be affiliated with a university or research facility (but is not necessary)

  • Must complete the submission form by July 31, 2019

  • Can be a part of a team

  • Must be able to attend (or send a representative to attend) the Summit and give a 5-min presentation
     

How do you apply?

You can apply by filling out the Breakthrough submission form by clicking here.

The submission will close on July 31, 2019.
 

What is the selection process?

We are looking for an individual or team involved in early-stage research that can be commercialized for real-world impact. Judges will be rating submissions on the following:

  • What problem does your research solve? Can you quantify its impact?

  • Why does this research matter to you as an individual?

  • What are your next steps or plans for this research in the immediate future?

The Breakthrough Award winner will be notified in September, and attendance by the individual (or one team representative) to the Summit is required. The winner will give a 5-min presentation during the conference followed by a short Q&A.
 

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