Call for applications closed: "Grand prix scientifique 2020" Simone and Cino Del Duca Foundation

Call for applications closed

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 the Institut de France members .The Grand Prix will be awarded to a French or European scientist and his/her team that will propose an ambitious research project on promising theme.

In 2020, the Prize topic is : Symbiosis
Symbiosis, which etymologically means “living together”, reflects associations between two organisms originating from distinct species. They are more widespread than originally thought, since they may involve plants, algae, protozoa, fungi, bacteria, as well as insects, animals and humans. Current research on symbiotic interactions uncovered a variety of associations, ranging from a mere conditional cohabitation to obligatory symbiosis that results from a diversity of molecular mechanism and signaling pathways. With the development of metagenomics, transcriptomics and new imaging techniques for cell biology research, a more detailed understanding of these interactions is currently being delivered. The significance of these research achievements is particularly critical for ecological issues. For instance, it has been shown recently that symbiosis in plants contributes to their geographic dissemination. It is now critical to understand how global climate change may interfere with current symbiosis. Also, symbiotic interactions in mammals due to their microbiota greatly impact their physiology, the development of their immune system as well as their response to pathogens… Last, but not least, a better understanding of symbiotic interactions is critical for evolutionary studies, particularly regarding co-evolution between species.

The prize is as follows:
a) 200,000 € to finance the work of the award-winning group,
b) 25,000 € awarded to the director of the research group,
c) 50,000 € (maximum amount paid upon presentation of supporting documents) towards the hiring of one French or foreign postdoctoral researcher to be selected by the group director, in the two years following the award of the prize. An activity report must be sent within two months after the end of the contract. An agreement will be established between the laboratory and the Del Duca Foundation to define the conditions of payment.

See the call for application