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Deadline: 22/01/2015

“Grand Prix scientifique” 2015 Simone and Cino del Duca Foundation

Call for applications

Every year, alternatively under the disciplines of the two divisions(1) of Academy of Sciences, the Simone and Cino del Duca Foundation of the Institut de France awards a scientific prize based on the recommendations of a jury of members of the Institut de France.The Grand Prix will be awarded to a French or European scientist and his/her team(2) that will propose an ambitious research project on a promising theme.

In 2015, the theme retained for the 1st division is “General relativity from the macrocosm to the microcosm: experimental tests, geolocalisation, gravitational waves, black holes, quantum gravitation,…”

The “Grand Prix” del Duca 2015, will reward to a French or European researcher, and his team, making an ambitious project, where general relativity plays a central role over all promising topic like those mentioned above.
This topic could be experimental or theoretical, and involved the microcosm and the macrocosm.

The prize is as follows:
a) 200,000 EUR to finance the work of the award-winning group,
b) 25,000 EUR awarded to the director of the research group,
c) 50,000 EUR (maximum amount paid on supporting) towards the hiring of one or more French or foreign postdoctoral researchers to be selected by the group director, in the two years following the award of the prize.

An agreement will be established between the laboratory and the Foundation del Duca to define the conditions of payment.

The applications must be sent on line not later than Thursday, January 22, 2015 to the following electronic address:

For further information, you can consult this call for application on the website of the French Academy of sciences at the address: