The Heinzel‐Mondi‐Sappi Award recognizes outstanding publications (PhD theses, master theses, journal publications, review papers, survey reports….) by early stage researchers having a potentially significant positive effect on the future of the pulp and paper industry. The award intends to raise attention to the pulp and paper research area. Young scientists should be motivated to become active in this fascinating, bio‐inspired and demanding research area. It is intended to support early stage researchers who performed their research at a European institute or in collaboration with a European institute.