Dr Zugno, Chair of the IUR, said: “We have already received a great deal of interest in this Award including a number of applications, but we recognise that due to summer holidays a number of people and organisations only start functioning in September. We would like to ensure all prospective students are given adequate opportunity to apply”. Review of the awards will now be completed by the IUR in early November and announcement of the Award recipient will be made at the end of November.

Announcement of the Research Grant was made in July of this year. The Award supports the founding purpose of the IULTCS, which is to encourage technology, chemistry, and science of leather. Details of eligibility requirements, application procedure, and necessary documentation are available on the IULTCS website (www.iultcs.org) under the Research-IUR link.

The IULTCS encourages the leather industry to bring notice of the award and extended deadline to any institutions and individuals who are committed to research and the advancement of understanding of leather.