The Eni Award is an international prize given to the best applied research projects in the fields of energy, sustainability and the environment.
The Eni Award aims to reward the most advanced scientific breakthroughs in the field of energy made by the best researchers around the world.
Eni has always supported scientific research applied to the energy industry and, as a demonstration of its commitment, in 2007 the company created the Eni Award, an international competition for the best research projects related to energy efficiency, sustainability and environmental protection. Every year, the Eni Award involves the world’s leading scientific institutions, as well as Eni’s own internal laboratories. Our aim is to be a sort of “Nobel Prize for Energy”; a wide-ranging initiative based on a network of scientific excellence on issues around energy and the environment and with young researchers as the main protagonists. In 2018, the Award celebrated its 11th anniversary and changed its look. New features included two new prizes for young African researchers and issues pertinent to the changing scenario. The Eni award is a prize for excellence also due to the stature of the people involved over the years: from the biologist John Craig Venter, renowned for his contribution to sequencing the human genome; to Gérard Férey, who died in 2017, famous for his research into hybrid and inorganic nanoporous solids; Barbara Sherwood Lollar, who became famous for her commitment to the study of the existence of water on Mars, the prize-winning Italian scientist Roberto Danovaro, known for his studies into marine environments and their role on the CO2 cycle; as well as Emiliano Mutti, one of the fathers of modern Italian geology.