The grants will be available to three scientists, under the age of 35, for research projects in the areas of basic leather research, machinery, testing and sustainability and the environment, to be conducted at a recognised institution in 2023.

The Dr Mike Redwood Sustainability/Environment grant returns for 2023 with a sum of €1,000, while Erretre will be sponsoring the Machinery/Testing grant with an identical sum of €1,000. Finally, new sponsor Tyson Foods is supporting the Basic Leather Research grant for €1,500.

Applications for the grants opened on October 1 and must be submitted before November 30, 2022.

Professor Michael Meyer, Chairman of the International Union Research Commission (IUR) of IULTCS and Research Director at Freiberg (Germany) based FILK Freiberg Leather Institute said: “We are very happy to announce the award for the ninth year. The detailed project results of previous winners are presented in their reports on the IULTCS website. It is worthwhile reviewing these substantial and significant investigations.

“We very much value the contribution of all sponsors to our YLSG programme. It is a vital instrument to encourage young leather scientists to acquire awareness and become more connected to the established research community of our industry. We have seen the programme growing stronger over the past years. Last year´s awards resulted in numerous, ambitious applications with innovative ideas and sustainable technologies.”