The Executive Committee of the IULTCS has announced that Lear Corporation has agreed to sponsor the 2017 research grant for young scientists.

This is the third time the IULTCS grant will be awarded, but the first time it will be sponsored by Lear. The monetary sponsorship is given annually to a young leather scientist under the age of 30 for a worthwhile leather research project to be conducted at a recognized institution. For the upcoming grant, an increased award of €1,500 will be paid as a single sum to the young leather scientist that submits the winning proposal.

Nathan Mullinix, vice-president of Global R&D for Eagle Ottawa, a division of Lear Corporation noted: "We are very proud to sponsor the grant, which has the objective of encouraging new scientists in the development of chemistry, science and technology of leather".

The award will be administered by the International Union Research Commission (IUR), led by Dr Luis Zugno. Details of the eligibility requirements and application form are available on the IULTCS website ( The submission deadline is October 28, 2016. The IULTCS requests that readers of this announcement forward the information to those institutions and individuals who could benefit from the award.