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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.

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  • The 2000 Descartes prize for research: rewarding scientific excellence

  • The year 2000 saw the launch of a new prize, the Descartes Prize, as one the Fifth Framework Programme initiatives to promote scientific and technological excellence, and to encourage the best research teams to work together across Europe.

    From the one hundred and fifteen eligible entries submitted for this first call for Descartes, a shortlist of 8 outstanding projects was selected. Click below to find out more about this shortlist and the winners of this first Descartes Prize, announced on 8 November 2000 by the Descartes Grand Jury.

    This was the first time that a high-level scientific distinction had been awarded by the Commission for collaborative research across the scientific disciplines.

    The Descartes Prize - Finalists 2000

    The Descartes Prize - Laureates 2000

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