Call for applications: 20th annual Irène Joliot-Curie Prize

From July 6, 2021 to September 9, 2021

To mark the 20th anniversary of the Irène Joliot-Curie Prize, the Minister, Frédérique Vidal, has decided to create a “Special Commitment Award” intended to reward a woman whose work in the field of fundamental or applied research has made a remarkable contribution to the fight against the Covid-19 epidemic.

What is the Irène Joliot-Curie Prize?

In recent months, the health crisis has highlighted the essential role played by scientific research in analyzing, understanding and combatting the Covid-19 epidemic. Researchers are facing more challenges than ever since the beginning of this crisis. For this reason, and to mark the 20th anniversary of the Prize, the Minister, Frédérique Vidal, has decided to create a “Special Commitment Award” intended to reward a woman whose work in the field of fundamental or applied research has made a remarkable contribution to the fight against the Covid-19 epidemic, in particular by providing global or specific solutions to the issues encountered in France within the context of the health crisis.

Since 2011, the Academy of science and the Academy of technologies are responsible for selecting the jury that will choose the winners. The jury for this 20th edition will be chaired by Catherine Cesarsky, Senior Scientific Advisor at the CEA and member of the Academy of science.
 

 

3 Prize categories

  1. The “Female Scientist of the Year” category is awarded to a woman who has made an outstanding contribution in the field of public or private research by opening up her subject area, the importance of her works and recognition in her scientific field on both a national and international level.
     
  2. The “Young Female Scientist” category showcases and supports a young woman who has distinguished herself through her career path and works, who stands out as a talented specialist in her field.
     
  3. The “Woman in Business and Technology” category is awarded to a woman who, through scientific and technical excellence, has devoted herself to developing innovations that are useful to society by working within a company or by contributing to the creation of a company.

The “Female Scientist of the Year” Prize is worth €40,000, and the “Young Female Scientist” and “Woman in Business and Technology” Prizes are each worth €15,000.

The deadline for applications is September 9, 2021, midnight.

More information on the call for applications