Are you a young scientist active in the field of air traffic management (ATM) and aviation? Are you looking for the perfect opportunity to showcase your talent and advance your career? If yes, then look no further… the SESAR Young Scientist Award is for you!

The SESAR Young Scientist Award 2021 aims to recognise young scientists, who have demonstrated excellence in ATM and aviation-related research fields. The award also provides researchers starting out in their career with an opportunity for further professional development.

A further objective of the award is to showcase the potential of young talent to formulate fresh ideas and solutions to the challenges facing ATM and aviation.

The 2021 edition of the award has widened its scope from previous years and is now open to two categories:

  • PhD scientists; with the chance to receive a prize of EUR 5 000
  • Undergraduate or Master students; with the chance to win a prize of EUR 1 500

Contributions are welcome from citizens or residents in an EU Member State or an Associated Country to the Horizon 2020 Research and Development Framework Programme (Horizon 2020).

Up to three short-listed candidates for each category will be invited to join the SESAR Innovation Days 2021, where the winner of each category will be publicly announced during a dedicated ceremony.

Contest rules and how to apply?

If you wish to apply for this Award, please read the Contest Rules (SJU/LC/0160-CNT), complete the application form and declaration of honour and send them to:


The deadline for applications is 5 September 2021, 24.00 CET

Read about the 2020 Young Scientist Award winner

Read about the 2020 SESAR Innovation Days