Sanofi - Institut Pasteur Awards rules

Sanofi, a global diversified healthcare leader, and the Institut Pasteur, an internationally renowned biomedical research centre, jointly created in 2012 the Sanofi - Institut Pasteur Awards to recognize scientists for their past or ongoing research demonstrating real scientific progress in the life sciences.


2019 Sanofi - Institut Pasteur Awards rules


Sanofi, a global diversified healthcare leader, and Institut Pasteur, an internationally renowned biomedical research center, jointly created in 2012 the Sanofi - Institut Pasteur Awards to recognize scientists for their past or ongoing research demonstrating real scientific progress in the life sciences.

As a result of the great success of these Awards for 2012, Sanofi and Institut Pasteur have decided to continue this initiative in 2019.

Article 1: Object

The Sanofi - Institut Pasteur Awards will be given, during 2019, to recognize three (3) scientists* (one senior and two junior) for outstanding research demonstrating real scientific progress in the life sciences, more specifically concerning one of the two (2) following subjects:


Microbiology & Infection

* The Awards are for scientists who have published outstanding researches as principal investigators

The Awards will be paid to each of the institutions hosting the scientists to support continuation of their awarded researches. Awards allocated to scientists or teams conducting their research in whole or in part at Institut Pasteur will be transferred to Institut Pasteur. The Awards are not transferable for any other purpose whatsoever.

Article 2: Prize amount

The three (3) Awards will be awarded to the beneficiaries as specified here below:

One hundred and fifty thousand euros (€ 150 000) Award for the International senior award;

Fifty thousand euros (€ 50 000) Award for each International Junior award (eligibility is as for ERC consolidator grants: between 7 and 12 years after PhD: from 1 January 2007 to 31 Dec 2011. Maternity or paternity leaves can be considered for calculation).

The jury may select two candidates for one award. In that case, the amount of the prize will be equally divided.

Article 3: Eligibility - Application form

The participation is by nomination. Self-nominations, nominations from immediate family members, teams, employees and service providers of Sanofi are not eligible for application.

The Nominator should be an eminent scientist: Head of University or Scientific Institution, member of the Academy of Sciences or other National Scientific Institution, holder of research chair, permanent and assistant Professor, past Sanofi – Institut Pasteur Awardee, holder of a Ph.D. The nominator may be affiliated with the same institution as the candidate.


Applications must be submitted only by the web site:

no later than June 25th , 2019.

When deemed necessary, Institut Pasteur and/or Sanofi reserve(s) the right to ask candidates for additional information in order to evaluate their application.

Candidates must commit themselves to not submit information in their application that is confidential and/or protected by the intellectual property rights of third parties, and to not contravene any rights of third parties.


Article 4: Composition of the Jury

The Jury for 2019 is composed of fourteen (14) members, as follows:

  • Dr. Elizabeth H. Blackburn, Professor Emerita at the University of California, San Francisco. Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2009, President of the jury
  • Prof. Pascale Cossart, member of the French Academy of Sciences, Head of Bacteria-Cell Interactions Research Unit, Institut Pasteur, Paris, France, Vice-President of the Jury
  • Prof Catherine Dulac, Higgins Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Harvard University
  • Dr. Yasmine BelkaïdSenior investigator in Mucosal Immunology Section – NIAID/DIR National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Director of the NIAID microbiome program and the co-director of the NIH Center for Human Immunology, USA
  • Prof. Alain Fischer, Director of the Pediatric Immunology Unit (Inserm), Hôpital Necker-Enfants malades, Professor at the Paris Descartes University, Paris, France
  • Prof. Jörg H. Hacker, President of the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina National Academy of Sciences, Halle, Germany
  • Prof. Jules A. Hoffmann, Distinguished Class Research Director at CNRS (Emeritus), Professor at Strasbourg University, France, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2011
  • Prof. Antonio Lanzavecchia, Professor of the Institute for Research in Biomedicine, Università della Svizzera Italiana,Bellinzona
  • Dr Gary J. Nabel, Senior Vice President, Chief Scientific Officer and Deputy to the President of Global R&D Sanofi, Cambridge, USA
  • Prof. Staffan Normark, Professor of Medical Microbiology, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden, Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences
  • Prof. Michel C. Nussenzweig, Zanvil A. Cohn and Ralph M. Steinman Professor - Howard Hughes Institute Investigator, The Rockefeller University
  • Prof. Anne O'Garra, Head, Laboratory of Immunoregulation and Infection, Associate Research Director, The Francis Crick Institute, London, England
  • Prof. Jeffrey V. Ravetch, Professor and Head of the Leonard Wagner Laboratory of Molecular Genetics and Immunology at the Rockefeller University, New York, USA
  • Prof. Philippe Sansonetti, member of the French Academy of Sciences, Professor at the Collège de France, Head of the Molecular Microbial Pathogenesis Unit, Institut Pasteur, Paris, France

In the case of a tie vote, Prof. Elizabeth H. Blackburn shall have a deciding vote.

The Jury members are not paid; their participation is voluntary. Prior to their participation, the Jury members shall execute a confidentiality agreement and a disclosure of potential conflicts of interest statement.

The Jury will meet on September, 18th 2019 at Institut Pasteur to evaluate the applications. The Jury is sovereign in its decision; no one can dispute it and it does not need to be justified. All the discussions during the Jury’s meeting must remain confidential. 

The Jury has the right to award fewer than three (3) Awards if it deems that there are insufficient suitable applications. In this case, the amount of the Awards, such as specified above, remain unchanged.

Jury members are to abstain from voting for a scientist belonging to the same organization as the said jury member.

Article 5: Award ceremony

The Sanofi - Institut Pasteur Awards will be given, in the presence of the awardees, during the Awards Ceremony which will take place on Thursday, 12th December 2019 in Paris, France.

Article 6: Funds deposit

Funds will be paid to the bank accounts of the institutions hosting the awardees as specified in article 2 within a maximum period of sixty (60) days from the award-giving. Funding is subject to the receipt of all necessary documents for the wire transfer (in euros).

Article 7: Awardees Commitment 

The awardees are expected to participate to the Awards Ceremony and to the other various events related to the Award. (The conditions of reimbursement of travel and accommodation costs will be given in due time).

The awardees will keep the announcement of the Award confidential until the Awards Ceremony and will not contact the media.

Sanofi and Institut Pasteur reserve the right to communicate concerning the Sanofi - Institut Pasteur Awards by any means in compliance with applicable contractual agreements between them.

The awardees agree to be photographed, filmed and interviewed, particularly during the Awards Ceremony. These photos, videos and texts will be used, worldwide and for duration of five (5) years after the Awards Ceremony, for promotional purposes related to the Sanofi – Institut Pasteur Awards (publications, press release, films, exhibitions….).

The awardees will not receive any remuneration, compensation for such promotional activities.

Article 8: Submission requirements

Applications must be submitted on line via the web site:

All documents must be uploaded as pdf files.

The application requests:

  • The scientific field
  • The category (International senior, International Junior)
  • Name (last, first), date of birth, title, institution, employers, nationality, year of doctoral degree (last one if more than one), mailing address, email, office telephone number, cell phone number and fax number of the applicant (a copy of ID or passport is requested)
  • Short curriculum vitae of the candidate (no more than 2 pages)
  • A vulgarized summary of the research project (no more than 200 words)
  • List of the candidate’s ten (10) most significant publications already published, in order of importance
  • Copies of the first page of the candidate’s three (3) most important publications
  • A summary of the candidate’s main scientific achievements (no more than 250 words)
  • One sentence stating the principal reason for nomination
  • Nominator’s name, title, institution, email and telephone number, date
  • Letter of nomination, describing the scientific accomplishments of the candidate and the reasons he/she deserves the award (no more than 2 pages)
  • Name, title and affiliation of the two (2) people, not at the candidate’s institution, writing letters of recommendation (optional)
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation from individuals not at the candidate’s institution (optional).

Incomplete, too long or paper applications will not be considered.


Article 9: Acceptance/Agreement of present conditions

The application for the Sanofi - Institut Pasteur Awards means the full and entire acceptance of the present Awards terms and conditions, available for reference on the website:




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