Call For Applications

The Leonardo da Vinci Society and the Italian Scientists and Scholars of North America Foundation (ISSNAF) Bay Area Chapter are seeking applications for the 2019 Leonardo 500 Award. This award is established on the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci’s death to recognize Italian or Italian American early career researchers working in the San Francisco Bay Area. An award will be assigned in each of the following three categories: biological sciences, mathematical and physical sciences, and engineering. Applications will be reviewed by subject matter experts and winners will be selected by a judging panel.  The winners will be presented with an award certificate and a $1,000 prize at The Leonardo da Vinci Gala in April 2019.

ISSNAF is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to promote scientific, academic, and technological cooperation amongst Italian researchers and scholars active in North America and the world of research, academia, and industry in Italy. The Bay Area Chapter of ISSNAF was established in 2017 to connect the talented pool of Italian researchers and scholars based in the Greater San Francisco Bay Area, and to offer them opportunities and support.

The Leonardo da Vinci Society is a cultural organization based in San Francisco. The Society organizes presentations and other events that highlight the importance of Italian history and culture, and the importance of Italian contributions to American life. Membership is open to all who love Italy and wish to learn more about this wonderful country. Most events take place in San Francisco and guests are welcome. Leonardo Society events are free to members, invited guests, and registered attendees.

How to apply

Applicants must submit a self-nomination by email to

The application must include the following items:

  • Curriculum Vitae with publications.
  • A 1,000 words maximum essay that describes the significance and impact of the applicant’s research, and possibly the connection with Leonardo da Vinci’s legacy.

In the email, the applicant must also indicate the scientific area (biological sciences, mathematical and physical sciences, or engineering) in which the application should be considered. Only one entry is allowed.

Selection criteria

Applications will be reviewed and scored by subject matter experts based on the applicant’s accomplishments and research impact. Extra points will be given to applicants that can draw a connection between their and Leonardo’s work. The winners will be selected by a judging panel.


Applicants must have meet the following requirements:

  • received a doctoral or equivalent degree on or after January 1, 2009;
  • have performed or are performing the work described in the essay;
  • are currently affiliated with an institution located in the San Francisco Bay Area;
  • are at least 21 years old;
  • are Italian or of Italian origin.

Important dates

Applications are due January 31, 2019.

Winners will be informed by March 15, 2019.

The awards will be presented during the Leonardo da Vinci Society Gala at The Century Club of California in April 2019.

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