Solvay sponsors science and education initiatives to promote scientific advancements and encourage talents.

Throughout his career, Ernest Solvay’s passion for science led him to support and encourage scientific research. Today, the Solvay Group upholds its founder’s commitment by encouraging future innovations from the best research scientists in the world through its sponsorship of various prizes. These prizes spotlight outstanding scientific research capable of providing solutions to global challenges.

Solvay focuses its efforts on research activities and education or training initiatives. Relevant sponsoring requests may be submitted directly on the King Baudouin Foundation’s dedicated website during the specified timeframes.


IUPAC-Solvay International Awards for Young Chemists


Five IUPAC-Solvay International Awards for Young Chemists are granted every year to young, up-and-coming research scientists at the start of their career based on the outstanding quality of their chemistry PhD theses.

Solvay invites each prizewinner to present their research during the IUPAC annual congress. Their work is also published in the Pure and Applied Chemistry Review.

Most recently, Solvay launched annual initiatives sponsoring the UNESCO's 2019 International Year of the Periodic Table

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Solvay, partner of the Jean-Marie Lehn Chemistry Prize in the Czech Republic


Each year, the Jean-Marie Lehn Chemistry Prize -- jointly organized by the French embassy, the Institut Français in Prague and the Solvay Group -- awards Czech PhD students for the quality of their research in chemistry, an area of excellence of academic research in Czech Republic. Prize winners receive financial assistance and the opportunity to train in a French research laboratory.


The ECIS-Solvay Colloid and Interface Science Award


Since 2001, with Solvay’s sponsorship, the European Colloid & Interface Society (ECIS) recognizes one European scientist with the ECIS-Solvay Colloid and Interface Science Award. 
The award spotlights the outstanding quality of original scientific research in the field of colloid and interface science published in publications, patents or other documents in the past five years.


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 scientific prize, including the Solvay Prize. Since 2007, Solvay has been sponsoring this prize, which provides the prizewinner 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 PhD level.

Solvay awards these prizes in order to encourage the teaching of the scientific and technological subjects required for its current and future industrial activities.



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 115 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.