Institut Mérieux is committed to supporting research on public health issues with worldwide relevance. In this context it created the Young Investigator Awards, a program dedicated to promising researchers and investigators from both high and low/middle income countries, with an initial focus on teams working on antimicrobial resistance, a major public health issue worldwide.
Owing to its success, this program has been more recently broadened to other topics, like microbiota & nutrition, oncology or food safety.
Every year, prizes worth €10,000 are awarded to young clinicians or biologists with less than 15 years’ postdoctoral experience, who contributed to significant advances in public health priority areas. The candidates are spotted by local societies partnering with the Institute and its subsidiaries. These societies collaborate with the Institut Mérieux Scientific Council to shortlist the winners. The prize is given during the societies’ annual congress or any other visible event with national or regional outreach.
Since inception of the Young Investigators Awards program in 2012, nearly 90 young recipients have been honored around the world.
Development of in silico methods to improve the monitoring of foodborne pathogens and their associated AMR
Hee Jae HUH
Development of methods for better identification of mycobacterial species and resistance mutations in Mycobacteria tuberculosis and non-tuberculous mycobacteria (NTM). Participation in a consortium to sequence mycobacterial genomes in the Asia-Pacific region.
Eun Jeong WON
Improvement of understanding of antifungal resistance in candidemia and in Aspergillosis. Improvement of diagnosis of fungal infection or parasitic infections.
awards attributed since 2012
main fields of research
YOUNG INVESTIGATORS AWARDS across the world