Ferrari may not be the biggest automaker out there but that doesn't mean the Italian exotic car maker is ignoring environmental and efficiency concerns. Internally, for its own cars, Ferrari is working on adding technologies like direct injection, dual clutch gearboxes, biofuels, weight reduction and even hybrids. Ferrari is not averse to bringing in outside technology and to that end has announced that end it will fund study grants for research in some of these areas.

The company will provide six grants of 25,000 euros to graduate and undergraduate students who study CO2 reduction, weight reduction and human/machine interfaces. The grants will be awarded on a competitive basis. Anyone interested in applying needs to get their submissions into Ferrari by Feb. 15, 2009. Details can be found in the press release after the jump.

[Source: Ferrari]

Ferrari funds 6 study grants for research activities

Maranello, January 2009 - As part of its own initiatives for the development, support and enhancement of capable young people, Ferrari decided to fund six study grants of 25,000 euros to be awarded by means of an international competition to young graduates/ graduating students in Engineering, Physics, Architecture and Human Factors for the conducting of research activities.

The six study grants will be of 12 months' duration, and will focus on the development of areas of Innovation. During the grant period, the winners must carry out a Research Project on a subject they themselves have proposed and which will concern the following themes:

- CO2 reduction (energetic efficiency);
- Car weight reduction;
- MMI (man machine interface).

The competition is open to Italian citizens and to those of the European Union, the United States of America, Canada and the People's Republic of China, graduates / graduating students in Engineering, Physics, Architecture and Human Factors. The candidature must be sent to the following email address:, within Feb. 15th, 2009.

A committee of Ferrari Engineers will assess the candidatures and Research Projects received in order to award the study grants.

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