MERCOSUR Science & Technology Award, World Summit Youth Award Call LatAm to Compete

Students, researchers and entrepreneurs from the countries of MERCOSUR have been presented with yet another opportunity to compete internationally. The forum: The 2013 MERCOSUR Science and Technology Award.

The contest is accepting submissions from Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela and Brazil. This year’s edition is themed Education for Science, meaning that projects must be focused on the realities of MERCOSUR in relation to science education.

Individuals at varying education levels are invited to apply, from high school students to graduate researchers. Projects will be honored in four categories:

  • Scientific Initiation – for high school students ages 21 and under, with or without guidance from a teacher. Prize: US$2,000.
  • College Student – for college students (no age limit), with or without guidance from a teacher. Prize: US$3,500.
  • Young Researcher – for graduated scholars ages 35 and under. Prize: US$5,000.
  • Integration – for teams of graduated researchers from at least two of the countries listed (no age limit). Prize: US$10,000.

The MERCOSUR Science and Technology Award has been created by the MERCOSUR Science and Technology Special Meeting (RECyT). It is sponsored by the Brazilian Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MCTI/Brazil), the Venezuelan National Observatory of Science, Technology and Innovation (ONCTI/Venezuela) and the National Confederation of Industry (CNI/Brazil), with support from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the National Council of Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq/Brazil), the Competitive Brazil Movement (MBC), the Argentine Ministry of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation, the National Council of Science and Technology of Paraguay and the Ministry of Education and Culture of Uruguay.

Submissions will be accepted through August 19th. Learn more about the contest and how to apply here.

The World Summit Youth Award – Another International Opportunity

Latin America’s young entrepreneurs and developers will also want to consider the World Summit Youth Award (WSYA). The contest is open to under-30 individuals from all around the world who use internet and mobile technology to put the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) into action and make a difference.

The contest selects and promotes best practices in e-content, seeking out projects in six categories:

  • Fight Poverty, Hunger and Disease
  • Education for All
  • Power 2 Women
  • Create your Culture
  • Go Green
  • Pursue Truth

The winning projects will be invited to travel to the WSYA Winners’ Event in Colombo, Sri Lanka from the 24th to 26th of October.

Inscriptions will close on July 15th. Learn more about the contest rules and how to apply at