To emphasize the international character of the prize, it was decided in 2022 to rename the "Award Rudi Verheyen" to "Sustainable Research Award".
The Sustainability Research Award celebrates researchers for their scientific contribution to environment and nature policy in the region of Flanders, Belgium. The award is a tribute to the life and work, the dedication and the person of professor emeritus Rudi Verheyen for his scientific contribution to the environment and nature policy in Flanders, Belgium. The Sustainability Research Award is hosted at the University of Antwerp (Flanders, Belgium), endorsed by the Flemish Minister of Environment, Nature and Agriculture in cooperation with the Flemish Institute for Technological Research (VITO). The prize winner will be awarded with the sum of EUR 10.000.
Alternating, the prize awards young researchers and senior researchers. Candidates shall be researchers that contribute to the Flemish environment and nature policy. The candidate demonstrates the value of interdisciplinary research to environment and nature policy. Candidates shall proof the relevance of their research for environment and nature policy in Flanders, and explain how their research is relevant for that policy in Flanders or already has impacted it. Any nationality can apply. Candidates shall have a PhD.