Simon van der Meer Early Career Award in Novel Accelerators

Sponsored by the European Network for Novel Accelerators, the Simon van der Meer Award recognises outstanding early career contributions (theoretical, experimental, computational or technical) in novel accelerator science

The Simon van der Meer Award has been established in 2019 to recognize outstanding early career contributions (theoretical, experimental, computational or technical) in novel accelerator science. It is sponsored by the European Network for Novel Accelerators (EuroNNAc) under the umbrella of the EU project I.FAST and coordinated by DESY, CERN, Ecole Polytechnique, University of Oxford, INFN Frascati and CEA.

The award recognizes the work of individual researchers and consists of a stipend of € 3000 and a certificate citing the contributions of the recipient. It is awarded every two years at the European Advanced Accelerator Concepts workshop (EAAC).

We call for nominations for eligible candidates which must be within 12 years of the completion of their first university degree, BA or equivalent, excluding career breaks (e.g. maternity or paternity leave, adoption).


Nominations should be sent to by 22:00 GMT on 7th of May 2023 and should include:

  1. Name and email address of the nominee (nominees should not nominate themselves).
  2. Proposed award citation (no more than 35 words).
  3. A one-page narrative/introductory statement describing the nominee's novel, pioneering, or leading edge accomplishments, with an emphasis on how their work has been recognised as especially promising.
  4. Nominee's resume or CV, listing educational background, positions held, and highlighting key-publications, patents, awards, honours, activities, reports or product releases.
  5. Four letters of recommendation; diversity of support is preferred; not all letters of recommendation should come from the nominee's institution. The name and email address is required for each referee.
  6. If the candidate has taken a career break, a brief explanation for the nature of the break is requested.
  7. The nominee’s agreement that their data is stored and processed for the purpose of the whole award procedure.
  8. Nominations which are not complete won’t be considered.

Roman Walczak (Oxford) & Bernhard Holzer (CERN), for the SvdMeer selection committee