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Descartes Research Prize

  • The 2006 Prize for Science Communication (€275 000)

The Descartes Prize for Research, which has existed since 2000, was complemented with a new Descartes Prize for Science Communication in 2004.

By means of this new prize, the European Commission intended:

· To stimulate interest and careers in science communication.

· To improve the quality of science communication with the public.

A maximum of five laureates share a 250 000 euros award and five finalists receive 5 000 euros each. For the two first editions in 2004 and 2005, ten laureates and five finalists from 8 different European and non-European countries have been awarded the Science Communication Prize.

The Commission has established a continuous dialogue and partnership with prize-giving organisations (hereinafter referred to as “prize organisers?), particularly as regards the submission to the call for proposals.

A joint call for proposals will be announced shortly - so please bookmark this website in your favourites and check for more information soon.

In its Science Communication part, it targets organisations or individuals having achieved outstanding results in science communication and having been selected as winners by European and/or national organisations which carry out existing science communication prizes of any kind. This implies that prize organisers can send their winners as candidates to the EU prize, in one of the following categories:

- Professional scientists engaged in science communication to the public;

- Popularising science through the written word (e.g. newspaper articles, popular science books);

- Popularising science through audio-visual and electronic media (e.g. scientific television or radio documentaries, websites);

- Innovative action for science communication;

- Editorial policy for the promotion of science whatever the media.

In order to send a candidature, we advise you to first read the document called "guide for proposers" which contains all the necessary information and instructions on how to submit. Please note that submission to the science communication prize can only be made on paper by filling in the adequate forms that are in the “guide for proposers?. Prize organisers may submit only one candidature (prize winner) per proposal.

A copy or original of the relevant prize certificate will have to be attached to each of the candidatures, in order to prove that they have been already 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.

The monetary prize will go directly to the candidate(s) who are selected as winners by the expert evaluators. 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.

The Laureates and Finalists of the prize will be invited to participate in the award ceremony to testify about their works.

The evaluation

1. Firstly, applications will be assessed by adequate panels of independent experts according to the following evaluation criteria:

- Excellence and quality of the proposal

- Relevance and impact

- European added value

2. The presidents of those expert panels will then meet at the end of the evaluation session in order to decide on the laureates and finalists among those proposals having passed the required overall threshold. It is possible that two or more prizes are awarded within the same category.

For further information please visit the CORDIS calls page


Descartes Prizes:   2007  2006 2005  2004