The European Society for Gene and Cell Therapy seeks to honour impacting, significant and lasting contributions to the field of gene and cell therapy. We have devised an award structure which we hope will acknowledge achievements at student level all the way to eminence in longer-standing careers.

We feel passionately that the dissemination of education is vital to the continued growth of the field, including areas such as mentoring, public education, science communication, and presentation of content. We are therefore adding awards to our existing panel which are designed to appreciate and further work in these fields.

Our Awards

Please see below the list of the ESGCT awards available.  More details on each award can be found below.
Please note that current Board Members, including Student Board Members, are excluded from all awards, except travel grants.

  • ESGCT Outstanding Achievement (1 available)
  • ESGCT Young Investigator (3 available)
  • ESGCT Travel Grants for best scoring abstract (20 available)
  • ESGCT national society young investigator* (1 available per meeting)
  • Public Engagement Award (1 available)

Our past award winners

Listen to some of our past award winners:

Find all our winners and longer interviews on the Awards winners page.


ESGCT Outstanding Achievement Award (OAA)

Eligibility Criteria

  1. Candidates must be Members of the ESGCT
  2. Candidates must be nominated by two (or more) ESGCT Members
  3. Candidates must have conducted original research in basic science, technology development and/or clinical translation in the field of Gene and Cell therapy
  4. Awardees must be available to give a presentation of their work at the ESGCT Annual Congress

TOTAL AWARDS VALUE: €2000, and complimentary registration to the next annual congress

Outstanding achievement award

ESGCT Young Investigator Award (YIA)

Eligibility Criteria

  • Nominees must be members of the ESGCT
  • All young investigators from PhD through to 9 years post doc are eligible ( this can include post doc position as well as junior PI's)
  • Extension of this period may be allowed in case of eligible career breaks: Maternity or paternity leave (1 year per child born after the PhD award), leave taken for long-term illness, national service, leave taken for unavoidable statutory reasons (e.g. clinical qualification). The cumulative eligibility period should anyhow not surpass 12 years following the award of the first PhD unless the boards agree they are the best candidate for the award
  • For medical doctors, date of the clinical speciality completion is the time reference for calculation of the eligibility time-window. For MD, PhD, date of the PhD award takes precedence in the calculation of the eligibility time-window

Nomination and selection process

Applicants must be nominated by two or more Members of the Society.  These nomination should be sent to in writing no later than 30 June. Nomination letters should provide an overview of the candidate’s contributions to the field of gene therapy.

Nominations materials include:
  • Two or more nomination letters from Members of ESGCT (500 words or less)
  • Curriculum Vitae and Bibliography of nominee
  • PDF’s of the applicants two best papers

All nominations will be reviewed by the ESCGT Awards Selection Committee.

TOTAL AWARDS VALUE: €1000 (1 x €1000, and complimentary registration to the next annual congress)

Young investigator award

ESGCT Travel Grants

  • Applicants must be members of the ESGCT
  • Applicants must be PhD students and will be selected based on highest abstract score at the Annual ESGCT Congress
  • You will be contacted after abstract review telling you that you have been shortlisted for a travel grant and whether you would like to apply for it
  • Notification of having won an award will be sent approx 4 weeks prior to the congress

TOTAL AWARDS VALUE: €10.000 (20 x €500)

Travel awards

ESGCT National Society Young Investigator (up to 2nd Year PostDoc) 

The ESGCT offers to sponsor an award for a YI as selected and awarded in a national society annual meeting.

Eligibility Criteria

  1. as per the national society meeting guidelines
  2. this award is given out at the relevant national meeting

National society young investigator award

Public Engagement Award

Finding ways to share your research and to get people from outside the scientific community involved is an increasingly important, and in some cases necessary, part of the research process. We are seeking examples of hands-on science, informal science activities, citizen advice projects and events that have engaged the public in gene and/or cell therapy research. Sharing experiences, expertise, and opinions online through blogs, vlogs, writing for traditional media will also be considered. ESGCT wants to help promote excellent work.

Eligibility Criteria

  1. Applicants must be members of the ESGCT
  2. Applicants must have participated in at least one public engagement activity (giving a public talk or lecture alone will not suffice)

Nomination and selection process

The winner will be selected by a panel on the basis of the following materials:
  • A CV
  • A cover letter including a statement outlining why you undertake public engagement and any plans you have to do more in the future
  • A letter of support (up to 500 words) from someone who has been impacted by your PPE activity (for example from  a colleague, patient, or member of the public)
  • A summary of your PPE work including photographs, videos and/or written material where possible, detailing your impact OUTSIDE the scientific community

TOTAL AWARDS VALUE: €500 cash award, and complimentary registration to annual congress (award winner will have to organise and pay for own travel and accommodation)

Public engagement award