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Aims and Objectives of the Descartes Prizes

The Descartes Prizes are among the activities supported under the European Commission's Seventh Framework Programme, within the Research Directorate Science and Society.

Research prize

  • How to submit a proposal

 

13 APRIL 2007: Call for Proposals has been launched!

17 JULY 2007: Call for Proposals has now closed.

All necessary documents and explanations for submission of candidatures for both Descartes Prizes can be found in the guide for applicants PDF (215kB) WORD (1.5 MB). The call text and additional information is on the call page in CORDIS viewable here.

NB! • Submissions to the research prize can only be made on-line (EPSS tool – see left menu on the call page and pages 10-13 of the guide for proposers)

• Submissions to the science communication prize can only be made on paper via the specific A and B forms in the guide for proposers (pages 26-28 and 49-51)

 

Descartes prizes for transnational collaborative research (€1.48 million)

The Descartes Prize for Research is awarded to teams having achieved outstanding scientific or technological results from European collaborative research in any field of science, including the economic, social and human sciences. This prize aims to attract experienced scientists who have made an outstanding contribution to research.

Proposer(s):

1. Proposals may be submitted by the research teams themselves or by appropriate public or private organisations (for example: research centres, foundations).

Proposals: A proposal will consist of forms A and B (to be submitted on-line) in which a candidature for the Prize for excellence in transnational collaborative research is presented to the Commission. Only one candidature will be accepted per proposal.

Candidates to the prize must designate a co-ordinator among themselves who press the ‘submission’-button and who will take the leading role in representing the proposal during the selection procedure.

Finalists and laureates: A meeting of the presidents of the thematic panels will be held in order to reach an agreement on a shortlist of nominees for the Descartes Prize for Research. This shortlist will then be forwarded to the Grand Jury which will personally interview the coordinators of the shortlisted projects (in presence of the presidents of the thematic panels). Finally, the Grand Jury will propose the definitive list of projects they have selected for the Descartes Prize to be laureate or finalist. This list must not necessarily include all the teams proposed in the shortlist by the president of the panels.

Prize: Whether the research teams were proposed by an organisation or by themselves, it is the research teams themselves that will receive the prize monies. The final number of laureates to share the prize is to be determined by the Grand Jury.

There will be no contract negotiations as such in the case of the Descartes Prize. The prize monies will be awarded by means of a grant letter.

The prize is not restricted to projects financed or originally financed by the European Community RTD programmes.

 

Prizes for Science Communication (€195,000)

The Descartes Prize for Science Communication roughly follows the evaluation model of the Descartes Prize for Research. However, there are some specific aspects for this prize:

Proposer(s): They must be organisations from a EU or AS country (hereinafter referred to as “prize organisers”) awarding prizes in the field of science communication. They will fill in the A and B forms in order to present candidatures to the Descartes Prize for Science Communication. At the time of the of the Descartes Prize submission deadline, prize organisers must have awarded, at least, one prize in any of the prize categories established in the Science and Society Work Programme.

Proposals: A proposal will consist of a file (forms A and B), submitted by a prize organiser, in which one candidature for the Prize for excellence in science communication is presented to the Commission. The presented candidature shall have received a scientific communication prize and the proposal shall be submitted to the Commission by the organisation which has awarded the prize to this candidate. Moreover, candidatures must fall under one or more of the Descartes Prize for Science Communication categories established in the Science and Society Work Programme. Only one candidature will be accepted per proposal.

Nominees: All candidates who have passed the threshold will be nominees. They will receive a diploma stating their participation in the Descartes Prizes.

Finalists: The monetary prize of €15,000  will go to the candidates having been selected as finalists by the presidents of the panels. There will be 3 finalists

Laureates: The monetary prize of minimum €60,000 per candidate (with a maximum of 3 laureates) will go to the candidates having been selected as laureates by the presidents of the panels.

Prize: In the case of diverse actors involved in the communication product (e.g. a producer, a director, etc.) the money will be transferred to the same actor that was previously awarded a prize by the prize organiser. There will be no contract negotiations as such in the case of the Descartes Prize. The prize monies will be awarded by means of a grant letter.

Items to be attached:

- Prize certificate: A copy or original of the relevant prize certificate must be attached to the candidature, in order to prove that it has already been rewarded in the national/international competition organised by the proposer. Please note that if the prize certificate is missing, the candidature will not be evaluated at all.

- Other items: Depending on the prize category in which you are submitting the candidature for the EU prize, some specific items will need to be attached. If these items are not attached, the evaluation experts will not be able to properly assess the candidature and this will have implications in the marks awarded.