Henk Schippers Young Investigator Award

Henk Schippers became the first Eurotransplant Director in 1970. After 5 years, he was appointed Secretary/Treasurer of the Board until his death in 2003. Henk laid the foundations for the administration of Eurotransplant. He successfully completed negotiations with the insurance companies and initiated the international network, which is now a hallmark of Eurotransplant. To commemorate his pioneering work for Eurotransplant a young investigator award in his name was established in 2003.

The 2016 HSYIA winner: Dr. Georg Györi from the Medical University in Vienna, Austria.


The purpose of this award is to encourage young clinical and/or scientific investigators to pursue a career in the field of organ and tissue transplantation. It is our hope that this research will be invigorated by the work of young, talented individuals supported by stable multi-year funding. The Henk Schippers Young Investigator Award is especially meant to enable the investigator to present his/her results of clinical and/or scientific organ transplantation related investigations at well recognized and respected international transplantation congresses or symposia, e.g. European Society for Organ Transplantation (ESOT).

Application procedure

Candidates (< 40 years) must have attained a masters or PhD degree. Individuals at the Associate Professor level are not eligible. Clinicians and investigators must have completed their residency or post-doctoral training no more than five years prior to applying. Applications coming from the entire European area will be accepted. 

The recipient will receive € 2.500. This award will be made available to the individual applicant and must be used for direct expenses. A progress report will be required. Applicants can provide a paper, also after presentation at a specific meeting and the candidate chosen can use the money in the next year. The Eurotransplant International Foundation will retain the right to unilaterally cancel any awards for non-compliance or non-performance.

Candidates for the Eurotransplant Henk Schippers Young Investigator Award should be submitted – in writing – between February 1, 2017 and July 1, 2017. Applications will be reviewed by an international committee.

Application procedure
Candidates must submit:

  • A completed curriculum vitae;
  • An application letter with
    • the publication on which the application is based
    • for which purpose he/she will use the award with a short description of the research project (limited to three pages);
  • A list of publications abstracts and previous research in the field of transplantation (limited to two pages);
  • Applications must also contain a letter of nomination from a faculty sponsor who will accept responsibility for monitoring the awardee;
  • Applications must be entirely in the English language.

One original and one copy of all parts of the application must be received on or before the due date at the office of Eurotransplant International Foundation in Leiden, the Netherlands.
At least one copy of the application must contain original signatures.
Non-complying applications will be returned without review.

The award will be presented at the annual Assembly of Eurotransplant. The winner of the award will be invited to present his/her data (15 minutes talk including discussion) during a plenary session of the Jubilee Congress. Travel costs will be reimbursed.

Change in status of awarded
Awards are to remain solely with the designated awardee and may not be transferred to any other person. If a recipient decides not to attend the anticipated congress, the award will be terminated as described above.

Direct all inquiries to:
Ms. Laura van Hattum
Secretary to the Board
Eurotransplant International Foundation
P.O. Box 2304
2301 CH Leiden
The Netherlands
Tel:  +31 71 5795700
Fax: +31 71 5790057
E-mail: secretariat@eurotransplant.org

Eurotransplant Award

In 2017, Eurotransplant will celebrate its 50th anniversary. We intend to celebrate this by making an award available for an individual or individuals who have contributed in a significant way in solving the many issues Eurotransplant is facing, and who has performed this work in one of the countries collaborating in Eurotransplant.

Application has been closed. The winner of the 2017 Eurotransplant Award will be announced in due time! 



The last award winner in 2012; Dr. Mirela Busic from Zagreb, Croatia