Ernest Solvay’s passion for science led him to support and encourage scientific research.
Today, the Solvay Group upholds its founder’s commitment to science and innovation, and strives to promote, through its sponsorship of various prizes, the best research scientists in the world. The prizes sponsored by Solvay set out to focus attention on outstanding scientific research capable of providing solutions for global challenges.
The sponsorship activities of the Solvay group are entrusted to the Ernest Solvay Fund hosted and managed by the King Baudouin Foundation.
Solvay concentrates its efforts in this area on research activities and education or training initiatives, mainly in the field of science and technology. Appropriate sponsoring requests may be submitted directly on the King Baudouin Foundation’s dedicated website at specified timeframes.
IUPAC-Solvay International Awards for Young Chemists
The IUPAC-Solvay International Awards for Young Chemists are granted every year to five young research scientists just beginning their careers, in recognition of the outstanding quality of their chemistry PhD theses.
Each prizewinner is invited to present his or her research during the IUPAC annual congress. Their work is also brought to the attention of the scientific community in the form of an article published in the Pure and Applied Chemistry review.
Solvay, partner of the Jean-Marie Lehn Chemistry Prize in the Czech Republic
Jointly organized by the French embassy, the Institut français in Prague and the Solvay Group, the Jean-Marie Lehn Chemistry Prize is awarded every year to Czech PhD students in recognition of the quality of their research work in chemistry, an area of excellence of academic research in Czech Republic.
The prizewinners receive financial assistance and are invited to complete a training course in France, in a research laboratory.
The ECIS-Solvay Colloid and Interface Science Award
The aim of the ECIS-Solvay Colloid and Interface Science Award is to give official recognition to original scientific research of outstanding quality, described in one or several publications, patents or other documents made public in the previous five years in the field of colloid and Interface science.
The prize granted to a European scientist and sponsored by Solvay has been awarded every year since 2001 by the European Colloid & Interface Society (ECIS). It is presented to the prizewinner at a plenary session of the annual ECIS conference.
Solvay Prize for neuroscience research
Solvay supports Belgian neuroscience research in association with the Queen Elisabeth Medical Foundation (Q.E.M.F.).
Every year, the Q.E.M.F. organizes and awards several scientific prizes, including the Solvay Prize, in particular.
Since 2007, Solvay has been sponsoring this prize, which provides the prizewinner (the representative of a team of Belgian university research scientists) with funds for fundamental research work in the field of neuroscience.
Solvay Awards within the Université libre de Bruxelles and the Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Every year, Solvay presents the Solvay Awards in recognition of high-quality research work carried out by the students of the Science Faculty or Applied Science Faculty/Polytechnic School of the Université libre de Bruxelles or Vrije Universiteit Brussel.
The Solvay Awards are presented to university graduates studying at the Master’s degree level (MSc or Master’s in Engineering Science) or at the PhD level.
Solvay awards these prizes in order to encourage teaching of the scientific and technological subjects required for its current and future industrial activities, and to stimulate the inventiveness and reflection of highly promising young graduates and research scientists regarding the application of their work and research in society at large.
Solvay, partner of a VOCATIO science grant
In its capacity as partner of VOCATIO since 2013, Solvay sponsors a €10,000 grant every year to enable a young person to complete a science-related project.
More generally, VOCATIO awards 15 grants every year to young people between the ages of 18 and 29 (of Belgian nationality or having roots in Belgium) to help them realize their vocation in a variety of different areas.