The French-Swedish Prize for young researchers
Research Prize Regulations, 2017, issued by:
Swedish Embassy in France
AFSR, the French-Swedish Association for Research
The prize is organized in co-operation between the Swedish Embassy in France and AFSR, the French-Swedish Research Association, and is under the patronage of College de France and the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. It aims to reward scientific excellence of young researchers and research students in France and Sweden, and to encourage scientific exchange between the two countries.
In agreement with Astra-Zeneca, which company has generously donated the prize money, the following theme has been chosen for 2017:
“New approaches and therapeutic methods for cancer research”
Conditions and eligibility criteria
Eligible to apply are young researchers or research students working at a French or a Swedish research institution during the academic year of 2016-17. Applicants should demonstrate an interest in entering into or establishing research co-operation between the two countries.
Two categories of applicants
This category is open to applicants who received their doctoral exam no longer than six years ago (2011), and who are working at a research institution in either France or Sweden. The applicants are asked to present a summary in English of their published research results, and to demonstrate their relevance with respect to the theme of the 2017 prize.
Doctoral research students
This category is open to young research students working on their doctoral thesis at a French or Swedish research institution. The applicants are asked to present a scientific document of relevance with respect to the theme of the 2017 prize.
Applicants of both categories should present a complete application via e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org on October 15, 2017 at the latest.
To be complete, the application should contain the following items, presented in English:
- A brief curriculum vitae (maximum two pages)
- A summary of conducted research (maximum one page)
- A list of published research documents
- A motivation letter for a research sojourn in Sweden (French applicants) or in France (Swedish applicants)
The applications will be evaluated by a jury of experts appointed by AFSR, Collège de France, and the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. Evaluation will be based on the following criteria:
- The relevance of the presented research
- The scientific quality of publications referred to
- Relevant aspects of the planned research sojourn at a Swedish laboratory (French applicants) or French laboratory (Swedish applicants) will also be taken into consideration
Available prizes for 2017
Postdoctoral researcher: Two prizes, one to a French researcher, one to a Swedish researcher. Both prizes amounting to 5,000 euros. The winners are also entitled to a travel grant of maximum 2,500 euros to defray travel and subsistence costs in connection with a two to four week long sojourn at a Swedish or French research laboratory.
Doctoral research student: Two prizes, one to a French doctoral research student, one to a Swedish doctoral research student, both amounting to 2,500 euros. The winners are also entitled to a travel grant of maximum 1,500 euros to defray travel and subsistence costs in connection with a two week long sojourn at a Swedish or French research laboratory.
Travel grants will be paid ex post, and the research sojourns shall be completed before the end of 2018. The responsibility for finding hosts for the research sojourns remains with the prize winners. AFSR may assist in this process when possible.
The prizes of 2017 will be awarded at a ceremony organized by the Swedish Embassy in France at the University of Nice on December 1, 2017.
The winners will be invited in advance, and are supposed to be present at the prize ceremony.
The prize ceremony will be preceded by a seminar presenting the current status of cancer research in France and Sweden.