The Young Investigator Award of the "Société de Biomécanique" in partnership with


The Young Researcher Award of the “Société de Biomécanique” is supported by OptiTrack. It rewards with €1,000 a young researcher whose work quality and originality are recognized at the international level. The research field can be fundamental or applied, but should be in line with the research themes of the “Société de Biomécanique”.

The winner undertakes to submit an article as the first or last author on a free research topic to the Journal of Biomechanics or Clinical Biomechanics, within one year of receiving the award. This submission will follow the normal evaluation procedure of the journal concerned. If the submitted paper is accepted, it will be presented in the journal as the winner of the Young Investigator Award of the Société de Biomécanique.

The award is open to all members of the “Société de Biomécanique” who defended their PhD thesis between two and ten years before the next annual congress of the “Société de Biomécanique”.


The criteria for submission, selection and awarding of this prize, which exists since 1986, were redefined as of the 2019 congress of the “Société de Biomécanique”, and further simplified in 2020.

The evaluation of candidates is no longer based on the submitted to the next congress, but on the basis of a dossier and an oral presentation. The dossier summarises the research and teaching activity carried out, as well as the prospects. It is used to select a maximum of three nominees, who present their project orally at the next congress. The presentation must be based in part on a leading publication (RLS Q1) of which the nominee is first or last author.


The application file must contain the following elements in a single pdf document.

  • A brief letter of motivation from the candidate (max. 1 page).
  • A CV (max. 2 pages),
  • A list of publications in peer-reviewed journals, with number of citations per article and h-index.
  • The copy of the first or last author's article, written after the PhD, which will have been chosen as the main support for the oral presentation.
  • A description of the research and teaching (max. 2 pages).
    o Research: summary of work/projects, background, objectives, methodology, results achieved/expected, importance/impact, originality and innovation, collaboration and interdisciplinarity, perspectives.
    o Teaching: synthesis of courses given, discipline/theme, level, number of hours, type, animation of teaching, training and diploma, perspectives.


The scientific committee of the award will present a pre-selection of three nominees in the second week of June. The three nominees will then present their current and future work during the following annual congress of the "Société de Biomécanique". After this presentation, the winner will be selected by the Board of Directors of the Société de Biomécanique, on the basis of the evaluation of the applications by the scientific committee, the oral presentation and the answers to questions. The award will be presented at the gala evening of the congress.


Dead line for application: July 1st, by email to
Result of pre-selection: July 31

Alexander Terrier, President of the Young Researcher Award Committee