Since 1989 MAB has been supporting young researchers each year with awards of up to US$ 5,000 in support of their research on ecosystems, natural resources and biodiversity. Through the MAB Young Scientists Awards, MAB is investing in a new generation of scientists worldwide because well-trained and committed young people are key to addressing ecological and sustainability issues.
The International Coordinating Council of the Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB-ICC) adopted new criteria and conditions for the selection of MAB Young Scientists Award winners at its 29th session on 12-15 June 2017, in order to address the Lima Action Plan (LAP) for Biosphere Reserves and relevant Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in applications. The MAB young scientist award is granted annually to support research on ecosystems, natural resources and biodiversity among young scientists, particularly in developing countries. Applicants from developed countries are eligible for the award in exceptional cases or if working in partnership with developing countries.
Awards of up to US$5,000 are offered to a number of scientists per year to help fund future MAB related research, which must be completed within two years. Candidates must accept to submit reports of Award-funded research to the MAB Secretariat in Paris and to their MAB National Committee, and the results of their research may be published on UNESCO’s website.
In choosing which young scientists to honour, priority is given to interdisciplinary projects carried out in existing or potential UNESCO biosphere reserves. The research projects need to support the aims of UNESCO’s Biosphere Reserves’ strategy (known as the Lima Action Plan) and the Sustainable Development Goals. Up to two scientists can apply from each Member State per year and applications must be endorsed by the MAB National Committee. Winners are chosen by the International Coordinating Council of the Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB-ICC).