ACTERIA Prizes awarded by EFIS

Thanks to a partnership established in 2012 between the FONDATION ACTERIA – ACTing on European Research in Immunology and Allergology – and EFIS – European Federation of Immunological Societies – the ACTERIA Prizes are awarded to recognize and reward Europe’s young scientists in the fields of immunology and allergology. The Prizes, two each in immunology and allergology, honor outstanding achievements in fundamental research performed in a European institute by researchers with up to 10 years postdoctoral research experience and doctoral theses defended in the last 3 years before the award. The ACTERIA Prizes include individual cash awards plus the potential funding of three-year research projects to be performed in European institutions.

Pursuant to a revision of the 2012 Memorandum of Understanding between the FONDATION ACTERIA and EFIS, starting in 2020 two ACTERIA Prizes will be assigned annually on an alternating basis:

  • Two ACTERIA Doctoral Thesis Prizes, one each in immunology and allergology, will be awarded in even years (2020, 2022, 2024, etc.) for the best doctoral theses in the 3 years prior to application submission deadlines;
  • Two ACTERIA Early Career Researcher Prizes (to be announced in October 2020), one each in immunology and allergology, will be awarded in uneven years (2021, 2023, 2025, etc.) to researchers with up to 10 years of postdoctoral experience.


The ACTERIA Doctoral Thesis and Early Career Research Prizes each carry cash awards of €30,000, plus the possibility of financing of €50,000/year for three-year research projects to be performed in European institutions.

The call for applications for the ACTERIA Doctoral Thesis Prizes is now open and will close on December 31st, 2019. The call for applications for the ACTERIA Early Career Research Prizes will be announced on October 1st, 2020 and will close on December 31st, 2020.

Individual researchers who meet eligibility criteria and are members in good-standing of an EFIS-affiliated National Society are invited to apply here. Applications will be forwarded to the applicant’s respective National Society for the evaluation and selection of nominees.

Nominations will be accepted exclusively from EFIS-affiliated National Societies, which will have the option of submitting one candidate for each prize.

Winners of the 2020 ACTERIA Doctoral Thesis Prizes for immunology and allergology will be announced in June 2020. The prizes will be formally awarded at a yet to be decided venue.

For full details, see www.acteriaprizes.net




2020 ACTERIA Doctoral Thesis Prize Laureates

- Immunology: Ai Ing Lim, Institut Pasteur, Paris, nominated by the SFI (France)
- Allergology: Martijn Schuijs, IRC-VIB, Ghent University, nominated by the BIS (Belgium)


2018 ACTERIA Prize Laureates

ACTERIA Doctoral Thesis Prizes

- Immunology: Eduardo Bonavita, Cancer Research UK, Manchester Institute (UK)
- Allergology: Samuel Philip Nobs, Weizmann Institute of Science (IL)


ACTERIA Early Career Research Prizes

- Immunology: Andrea Ablasser, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (CH)
- Allergology: Muzlifah Haniffa, Newcastle University (UK)


2015 ACTERIA Prize Laureates

ACTERIA Doctoral Thesis Prizes

- Immunology: Chris Schiering, The Francis Crick Institute - Mill Hill Laboratory, London (UK)
- Allergology: Sandra Pahr, Medical University of Vienna (AT)

ACTERIA Early Career Research Prizes

- Immunology: Dietmar Zehn, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois (CHUV), Lausanne (CH)
- Allergology: Thomas Marichal, University of Liege (BE)


2013 ACTERIA Prize Laureates

ACTERIA Doctoral Thesis Prizes
- Immunology: Elina Kiss, University of Freiburg (DE)
- Allergology: Alexander Eggel, University of Bern (CH)

ACTERIA Early Career Research Prizes
- Immunology: Nicolas Manel, Institute Curie, Paris (FR)
- Allergology: Stefanie Eyerich, Technical University and Helmholtz Center, Munich (DE)