Uppsala University annually awards the Hjärnäpplet innovation prize to recognise and reward researchers and doctoral students who have generated research results or knowledge assets that have led to an innovation. The prize is intended to reflect the University’s breadth, innovative strength, and quest for a sustainable future.

“Innovation is important for society and for our University, and good quality research is the foundation for useful innovations. The Hjärnäpplet is a prize that highlights those who have laid the foundations for creative innovations through successful research and shown a great commitment to the application of that research to the benefit of society. This work requires creativity, innovative thinking and drive,” says Coco Norén, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and chair of the nomination committee.

The selection criteria state that “The Hjärnäpplet aims to recognise, reward and stimulate researchers and doctoral students who, regardless of their discipline, have shown a drive to understand their surroundings, describe them and contribute to translating valuable knowledge into innovations that have sustainable benefits for society and humanity.”

“With the Hjärnäpplet, we want to highlight researchers and doctoral students who have used their knowledge to contribute to creative innovations with the potential for societal benefit. We want to recognise those who have contributed to the development of new solutions through successful research and a great commitment to putting promising results into practical applications,” says Coco Norén.

Nominations must be received no later than 24 April 2022.