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Early Career Researcher Award - How to apply?

Every year, selected candidates participate in the “Pitch Your Science!” challenge on stage at the Hydration for Health Annual Scientific Conference.

Unfortunately, the 2020 Early Career Researcher Award has been cancelled due to the current sanitary situation. Applications are currently closed, the call for abstracts for the 2021 edition will open by the end of the year.

You'll find below everything you need to know about the award and how to apply for the next edition.

Every year, Hydration for Health invites early career researchers in the field of hydration and health to submit an abstract of their work and participate to the Pitch Your Science! challenge during the Hydration for Health Annual Scientific conference. The Hydration for Health Scientific Conference is a talent accelerator and a key place for new investigators to present their research on hydration and connect with a dynamic network.




The scientific work should be submitted in the form of an abstract and describe the results of novel research that contributes to the scientific field of hydration and health. Submission is encouraged in, but not restricted to, the following areas related to hydration: nutrition, diet, cardiovascular diseases, obesity prevention and public health interventions, hydration biomarkers, cognition, kidney health, behavior, well-being, fluid and water intake studies.

Eligibility Criteria

The application is restricted to early career researchers (Ph.D. students, post-doctoral students, medical students, dietitian students, obesity students etc..) who do not have a permanent position in an academic institution, a non-governmental organization nor in industry.

Submissions must be in ENGLISH ONLY and must be received by the specified deadline.

Previous candidates are welcome to participate provided that the research subject is new.

Selection process

The deadline for application usually is end of April, 2 months before the Scientific Conference, usually happening end of June.

Abstracts are reviewed by the Hydration for Health organizing committee and maximum six (6) finalists receive a travel award to attend the Hydration for Health Scientific conference and participate in the “Pitch Your Science!” challenge.

The selected candidates have three minutes to pitch their ongoing research with a maximum of two key results. To help convey the message, one slide (non animated) will be permitted. The first pitch will be made to the Hydration for Health Scientific Committee few days before the conference, and, conditional upon positive feedback, the second pitch will be live during the conference.

The winner will be selected live by the audience.


Hydration for Health provide travel grants to cover travel, accommodation and registration costs for the six selected candidates to participate in the “Pitch Your Science!“ challenge and attend the Annual Hydration for Health Scientific Conference’s week.

The winner of the competition receive the Early Career Researcher Award trophy during an award ceremony at the Hydration for Health Scientific Conference. She/he will be given the opportunity to submit a full article in the proceeding of the Hydration for Health Scientific Conference.

All selected candidates to compete have the opportunity to publish their abstracts as part of the proceedings of the Annual Hydration for Health Scientific Conference.

In 2018, the Hydration for Health Proceedings were published in the Annals of Nutrition & Metabolism, a peer review journal from Karger Publishing Group, access it here.

Abstract Requirements

The abstract submission has to comply with the following requirements:

  • Author’s information and resume (300 words maximum).
  • Title (20 words maximum).
  • Authors and Affiliations. The name of the presenting author should be underlined.
  • Key words : 3-4
  • Summary of the research including background, objectives, methods, results, conclusion (500 words maximum).
  • Up to 5 references may be included.
  • Inclusion of 1 table or figure is accepted and strongly recommended
  • Submission is limited to one abstract per author.

2019 Selected candidates - Testimonials

They participated in the previous Young Researcher Award in 2019, listen to what they thought of the experience.

Hairong He and Mariia Ivanova

Loris Juett and Yasuki Sekiguchi

Aaron Caldwell and Carla El Mallah

Former winners

Learn more about previous young researcher awards winners abstracts: