Call for applications: "Grand prix scientifique 2021" Simone and Cino Del Duca Foundation
Deadline: January 20, 2021 before midnight
Every year, alternatively under the disciplines of the two divisions 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 2021, the Prize topic is : Diffusion phenomena: mathematical theory and applications
Diffusion phenomena are present in most sciences, from physics, where these phenomena occur in particular in heat conduction, materials science or chemistry, up to ecology, epidemiology, which studies the spread of an infection in a spatial population, and even social sciences. Mathematical tools for the study of these phenomena are diverse, and include the theory of partial differential equations, whose prototype is the heat equation, probability theory, with models based on Brownian motion and stochastic differential equations, and mathematical statistics, which analyze data coming from observations. Models from statistical physics are also important tools. This is therefore a very interdisciplinary theme, with emphasis on new contributions of mathematical methods to the understanding of problems from the real world.
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.