Early Career Award Guidelines

The IZA Commission on Metal-Organic Frameworks will offer two awards for those working towards their PhD, or equivalent degree, in the field. It aims to celebrate the scientific achievements of those working towards a PhD. The award will be announced prior to the relevant EuroMOF or International MOF conference each year, to allow the winner a reasonable amount of time to arrange their attendance at the conference to receive their award and give a talk.

Selection Criteria

Nominations will be judged by a sub-section of the IZA MOF Commission consisting of Hoi Ri Moon, Paolo Falcaro, and Jorge Gascon. The following indicators will be taken into

  • Originality of Research
  • Impact of Research
  • Collaborations and Teamwork
  • Quality of Publications


Nominees may NOT nominate themselves. Only those who have not yet graduated with a PhD or equivalent degree may be considered. Those serving on the awards judging panel may not nominate, or support a nomination. Career breaks will be recognised – this information should be made clear on the CV of the applicant. Whilst it is preferred that candidates should be present at the conference to receive the award, the committee will strive to ensure that no candidate will be disadvantaged in this process through family, personal, work or other circumstances, and recognise that conference travel is often prohibitive.

Application Procedure

Nominators will typically be the academic supervisor of the nominee. A single PDF document, consisting of (i) A current CV for the nominee (no longer than one side of A4) which should include their date of birth, summary of education and career, a list of (maximum) 3 relevant publications and total numbers of publications and patents (if appropriate). The role of the candidate, along with the research achievement, should be summarized for each paper, in no more than 3 sentences. (ii) A statement of up to one side of A4 in support of the application, with specific reference to the selection criteria.
(iii) An abstract for an oral presentation at the conference must be submitted to the
conference by the applicant, before the relevant deadline closes. This is a separate process to that for nomination, which is to facilitate scheduling of the award lectures. Candidates may like to refrain from making registration/travel arrangements until after the announcement of the awards. Unsuccessful applicants should feel entirely comfortable in subsequently withdrawing their abstract should they choose to do so.

The nomination forms should be provided to jorge.gascon@kaust.edu.sa. Please ensure the filename contains the name of the candidate to be considered for the award.


Nominations open on 1st February each year, and close on 27th February. No submissions will be accepted after 17.00 GMT, on the 27th February. Candidates should refer to the relevant conference website for information on oral abstract submission deadlines. The awards sub-section will make a final decision on the applications by the end of March 2022. Candidates will be notified of the outcome around the 1st week of April.


The award consists of a certificate and an oral presentation at EuroMOF or International MOF conferences (held on alternate years). Travel, registration and accommodation costs to a maximum of €2000 will also be reimbursed.

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