Commission publishes call for Descartes Prize nominations

December 21, 2005

Brussels, 20 Dec 2005

The European Commission has published a call for proposals to gather nominations for the 2006 René Descartes Prizes, under the Sixth Framework Programme's 'Science and Society' priority.

The areas covered by this call are:

  • Descartes Prize (research) - prize for teams having achieved outstanding scientific or technological results from European collaborative research in any field of science, including the economic, social and human sciences. Proposals may be submitted by the research teams themselves, or by appropriate public or private organisations.

  • Descartes Prize (communication) - prize for 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 awards in the following fields:
    • professional scientists and/or communicators engaged in science communication to the public;

    • popularising science through the written word (e.g. newspaper articles, popular science books, editorial policies);

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

    • innovative action for science communication;

    • communicators at the start of their career (e.g. first project, young talents) in all the above categories.
  • The total indicative budget for this call is 1.425 million euro.

    The call text

    Remarks: The deadline for submitting proposal documents is 4 May 2006.

    Before contacting the Commission, proposers are strongly advised to consult the original call text in the Official Journal of the European Union at the reference below.
    Document Reference: OJ No C 322 of 17.12.2005, p. 22

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