ECSS offers various awards, some of which take place during the annual congress.

ECSS Young Investigators Award (YIA)

One of the key objectives of the ECSS is the promotion of young scientists and the fostering of state-of-the-art research. For this purpose, the ECSS established the Young Investigators Award (YIA). Since the inauguration of the ECSS and its first annual congress in Nice, France in 1996, the YIA is an integral part of the ECSS annual congress. Young scientists have the opportunity to enter this prestigious competition for scientific excellence, where outstanding scientific work can be presented at the annual congress. A jury consisting of the ECSS Scientific Board and ECSS Scientific Committee grants the awards based upon an oral and mini-oral presentation for the top ten presentations respectively.

Each year the Uniting Excellence in Sport Science (UESS) Reception reunites all former YIA winners at the ECSS annual congress–an ECSS-based network, uniting generations of sport scientists. Today, many former YIA winners are still closely connected to the ECSS and even support the ECSS in its boards and committees. The award has functioned for previous YIA winners as the starting point of their scientific career. YIA applications that meet all requirements are welcome online, using the abstract submission process of the upcoming ECSS congress.

There will be generous cash prizes for the YIA 2024 finalists.

Oral presentations

  • 1st Place: €4,000
  • 2nd Place: €3,000
  • 3rd Place: €2,000
  • 4th Place: €1,000
  • Equal 5th Place: €500

Poster  presentations

  • 1st Place: €3,000
  • 2nd Place: €2,000
  • 3rd Place: €1,000
  • 4th Place: €500

Important notice: A YIA award winner cannot be at the same time a GSSI award winner and vice versa.

For more information on the ECSS Young Investigator Award for ECSS Glasgow 2024, click here.

GSSI Sports Nutrition Award (GSSI)

The Gatorade Sport Science Institute (GSSI) is the Official ECSS Sports Performance Hydration and Nutrition Platinum Partner. With this award, GSSI is promoting young scientists and their research related to sports nutrition and hydration to further advance the development of these scientific fields. Abstracts submitted in these two areas in the oral presentation format may opt in to apply for the GSSI Sports Nutrition Award during the abstract submission process.


  • 1st Place: €3,000
  • 2nd Place: €1,500
  • 3rd Place: €500

For more information on the GSSI Sports Nutrition Award for ECSS Glasgow 2024, click here.

European Journal of Sport Science (EJSS) Best Paper award

Complementing ECSS’s mission to ‘disseminate high quality, innovative science’, this award showcases the most innovative science published in EJSS. The winning paper and all nominated papers are available free to access for a limited time following first announcement of the winner until one month following the ECSS annual congress.


  • €1,000 (Euros) in prize money is granted to the winner of the award
  • Congress registration fees are waived for the first author of the winning paper

For more information on the EJSS Best Paper Award, click here.

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