The award's motto is Passion for Innovation and the prize goes to authorsof outstanding bachelor's, master's, and doctoral theses, regardless of their subject. Prizes are worth a total of EUR 70,000, or about $90,000.

To be eligible, the theses must have been written at and submitted to a university between Jan. 1, 2005 and Dec. 31, 2006, and have the support of the candidate's academic supervisor or professor. The entries will be evaluated by an international, multidisciplinary jury whose members are drawn from the fields of research and industry. The jury's decisions are based on: innovative potential, relation to reality, environmental and social benefit, theory, economic aspects, and form of presentation. The authors of the six best scientific papers, along with their professors, will receive their prizes in the course of the Award Ceremony in autumn 2007.

Deadline for entries is Jan. 7, 2007. Find more information and an application form at www.mwgroup.com/scientific-award