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
(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
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
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.