Descartes calls on engineers, too
Nominations can still be made for the Descartes Prize, the EU's prestigious annual awards for collaborative research excellence in all scientific fields, including industrial research and engineering. The deadline for applications is 4 May.
Today, scientific excellence and collaboration are crucial to Europe's success in the competitive environment of international research. The Descartes Prize has showcased the very best European collaborative research and scientific discoveries since its launch in 2000.
Laureates have been crowned for their achievements in a range of fields, from molecular and polymer chemistry and genetics to quantum physics. The 16 winners to date involved 105 teams from 24 EU and non-EU countries. Apart from the media attention and honour attached to the awards, each team also received a significant purse for their breakthrough achievement.
In 2006, €1.15 million will be shared among several winners and finalists. Up to five successful teams will be rewarded a minimum of €200 000 each and five finalist teams will receive €30 000 each. In 2004, a second Descartes Prize was introduced, for public communication of science. Up to five laureates will share the first prize of € 250 000, while five finalists will receive € 5 000 each. To date, there have been ten science communication prize winners.
A call for proposals was published in December 2005 by the European Commission, which organises Descartes as one of its science prizes and awareness raising activities in the Science and Society programme.
Submissions and nominations for the collaborative research prize can be made directly by the research teams or from appropriate public and private organisations in the following categories – basic sciences (i.e. mathematics, physics, chemistry); earth sciences; engineering; information society; life sciences; and socio-economic sciences.
Industrial researchers and engineers are encouraged to submit their candidatures for the 2006 edition of both the scientific collaborative research and science communication prizes.