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Merrill Lynch Innovation Grants Competition

Potential entrants can view winning proposals from a previous year at the contest's Web site.

Other prizes based on dissertation thesis:

Amersham Pharmacia Biotech & Science Prize for Young Scientists in Molecular Biology 2000

This international prize will be awarded for the most outstanding thesis in the general area of molecular biology as described in a 1000-word essay. The winning essay will be published in Science. The essays of regional award winners will appear in Science Online. GrantsNet's background article on the prize can be found here.

The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry Prize for Young Chemists

The prize will be given for the most outstanding Ph.D. thesis in the general area of the chemical sciences, as described in a 1000-word essay. Young chemists from countries as diverse as Argentina and Yugoslavia are eligible. Read NextWave's behind the scenes story here.

Other entrepreneurial science award

Rolex Awards for Enterprise

Established in 1976, the Rolex Awards for Enterprise give people the support and recognition they need to turn innovative ideas into practical working projects. The competition is held every other year on odd years.