Fondazione Penta ETS - Penta Brighter Future Award

Fondazione Penta ETS - Penta Brighter Future Award

Are you familiar with a maternal and child health hero, a rising researcher, or an organisation dedicated to offering prevention, treatment and care for children affected by infectious diseases? If yes, then apply now for Penta Brighter Future Award!

Objective and Scope

Fondazione Penta ETS, with registered office in Corso Stati Uniti, Padova, Italy (“Penta”) intends to award seven prestigious international prizes to recognise and celebrate champions going the extra mile to improve the health outcomes of children and pregnant people living with infectious diseases globally.

The three broader goals of the BFA 2023 are the following: 

  • To provide opportunities for scientists to connect with and learn from local communities that are at the forefront of maternal and child health;   

  • To support initiatives designed to improve maternal and child health, especially in old and new infectious diseases;

  • To help scientists work towards solutions that have a real-world impact on public health by closing the gaps between data and human stories. 
    Seven winners will be selected by a jury appointed by Penta and evaluated by the Penta ID Network members for their achievement in the field of maternal and child health.

    Award Categories

    There are two categories in the BFA 2023:

    Penta’s Brighter Future Award: 6 (six) awards will be given, one for each of the following 6 (six) regions:

  • North America: This region includes the US, Bermuda, St. Pierre, Miquelon, Canada, and Greenland.

  • Central and South America: This region includes Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay, and Venezuela.

  • Europe: This region includes the countries of the continent of Europe, including Russia, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Poland, and many others.

  • Africa: This region includes the countries on the continent of Africa, including Nigeria, South Africa, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Morocco, Tanzania, and many others.

  • Asia: This region includes the countries of Asia, including China, Japan, India, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, Philippines, Thailand, and many others.

  • Oceania: This region includes the countries and islands of the Pacific Ocean, including Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, and many others.

    Penta’s Brighter Future Young Researcher Award: 1 (one) award will be given to a young researcher in the maternal and child health field.

    Prize Amount

  • Each of the seven winners will receive a total cash prize of € 5,000.00 (5 thousand Euros). Penta is not responsible for any tax implications that may arise from winning the award.

  • The prizes will be awarded at an award ceremony at the Penta
    ID Network Meeting (“PIM”) event, that will be hosted in Italy in April 2024. The cost of travel and accommodation for the award ceremony for all the seven winners will be covered by Penta.


  • Participation in the BFA 2023 is by nomination only. Anyone over the age of 16 can submit a nomination to the BFA 2023.

  • The BFA 2023 is open to individuals or organisations significantly contributing to maternal and child health, particularly infectious diseases affecting children. The BFA 2023 winners will include:  

  • Established leaders,

  • Emerging researchers

  • Professionals who have contributed considerably to the field of maternal and child health, specifically in infectious disease. 

    Young Researchers are defined as individuals undertaking or holding a PhD or equivalent professional training ready to develop their research identity. More specifically, they consider a Young Researcher to be an individual who is:

  • Pre-doctoral or doctoral student, or

  • Post-doc within the first four years of employment after having received their PhD, or

  • Resident (MDs in training within the first five years after becoming MD).

  • Group nominations are admitted. In this case, only one of the group members will officially travel to Italy, in 2024 for the BFA 2023 award ceremony.

    Exclusion Criteria

    Participants will be excluded if: (they or one of them):

  • The nominator is younger than 16 at the time of the nomination

  • The nominee is younger than 16 at the time of the award ceremony

  • Self-nomination is not permitted

  • Nominations contain sensitive information such as: racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious or philosophical beliefs, health-related data, data concerning a person’s sex life or sexual orientation, trade union membership, or genetic data. Nominations containing sensitive information will be rejected

  • Essential elements are missing from the nomination (name, surname, email address, reason why the nominator is nominated for the award)

  • The nominee does not accept the nomination

  • The nominee does not agree to provide their video story and their consent to publish it on the Penta website and in any other communication channels that Penta intends to use for the BFA 2023 (e.g. social media).

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; Fondazione Penta ETS - Penta Brighter Future Award

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