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 The Erdős–Rényi Prize is awarded to a selected young scientist (under 40 years old on the day of the nomination deadline) for their achievements in research activities in the area of network science, broadly construed. While the achievements can be both theoretical and experimental, the prize is aimed at emphasizing outstanding contributions relevant to the interdisciplinary progress of network science.

The winners will be selected by the Scientific Commission appointed by the Network Science Society board and made by a minimum of 4 prominent scientists active in the area of network science. Their name will be made public only after the official communication of the prize recipient. The winner of the prize is selected among the candidacies received within the deadline indicated below. Each candidacy must be submitted by one guarantor, who will have to provide a short letter of motivation, signed by one or more sponsors of the candidate. Guarantors or sponsors of the candidature can be:- Directors and research leaders of national and international research centers;- University professors;- Partners and members of Scientific Academies.

The 2017 ER Prize nomination deadline, is March 1, 2017. (More details here.)


Clauset was awarded the 2016 prize "for his contributions to the study of network structure, including Internet mapping, inference of missing links, and community structure, and for his provocative analyses of human conflicts and social stratification."

Chaoming Song was awarded the Erdös-Rényi Prize, recognizing him "as an outstanding young researcher in Network Science for for the breadth and depth of his influential work, ranging from network applications of self-similarity and renormalization group theory, to the in-depth analysis of big data on human mobility.”

Mason Porter was awarded the Erdös-Rényi Prize, recognizing his "fundamental research on the mathematics of networks and his outreach efforts to teach network science to students in schools."

Adilson Motter was awarded the Erdős–Rényi Prize for "his groundbreaking contributions to the study of synchronization phenomena and the control of cascading failures in complex networks."

Roger Guimera was awarded the Erdős–Rényi Prize for outstanding work as a young researcher in Network Science for the technical depth and the interdisciplinary values of his scientific contributions to the analysis of network cartography and community identification.