The Research Prize for Excellence
The KfW Development Bank supports the "Verein für Socialpolitik" (VfS) in awarding the Research Prize for excellence in policy relevant research on developing countries.
The VfS is an association of German speaking economists and currently comprises 3,800 economic researchers. It was founded in 1873. The VfS’ Research Group on Development Economics requests nominations for the Research Prize. It is awarded during the annual meeting of the committee.
Every year four young researchers receive recognition for their work. The Research Prize honors academic work combining original research and practical relevance, thus giving fresh impetus for development cooperation. The prize is open to all domains of the social sciences. Innovative and interdisciplinary nominations are welcome, and so are unorthodox critical analyses bearing the potential to contribute to improving development policy.
The prize is awarded in two categories:
• The Young Researcher Prize is presented for up to three doctoral theses and comes with prize money of up to 5,000 Euro.
• The Prize for Scientific Excellence is granted in recognition of an outstanding publication in a respected scientific journal and comes with prize money of up to 5,000 Euro.´
The current Research Prize committee consists of the University Professors (University of Geneva), (University of Freiburg), (University of Heidelberg), (University of Cologne), (University of St. Gallen), (University of Hannover) as well as the KfW Development Bank.