2014 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.

As a result of the great success of these Awards in 2012 and 2013, Sanofi and the Institut Pasteur have decided to give these Awards again in 2014.

Article 1: Object

The Sanofi - Institut Pasteur Awards will be given, during 2014, to recognize four (4) scientists* for outstanding research demonstrating real scientific progress in the life sciences, more specifically concerning one of the four following subjects:

  1. Tropical and neglected diseases

  2. Immunology

  3. Drug resistance

  4. Neurobiology

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

Article 2: Prize amount

The four (4) Prizes, (the “Award”), will be awarded to the beneficiaries as specified here below:

  • One hundred twenty-five thousand euros (€ 125 000) Award for the International Senior award:

  • Seventy-five thousand euros (€ 75 000) of the Award will be allocated to the institution hosting the awarded research to support continuation of the research;

  • The remaining fifty thousand euros (€ 50 000) of the Award will be allocated to the winner directly, for his personal use, or, at upon his/her written request, to the institution hosting the awarded research.

  • Seventy-five thousand euros (€ 75 000) Award for the International Mid-career award (the candidates should not be more than 52 years old on 1-7-2014):

  • Fifty thousand euros (€ 50 000) of the Award will be allocated to the institution hosting the awarded research to support continuation of the research;

  • The remaining twenty-five thousand euros (€ 25 000) of the Award will be allocated to the winner directly, for his personal use, or, at upon his/her written request, to the institution hosting the awarded research.

  • Fifty thousand euros (€ 50 000) Award for each of the two National Junior awards (the candidates should not be more than 45 years old on 1-7-2014 and should work in France):

  • Thirty-five thousand euros (€ 35 000) of the Award will be allocated to the institution hosting the awarded research to support continuation of the research;

  • The remaining fifteen thousand euros (€ 15 000) of the Award will be allocated to the winner directly, for his personal use, or, at upon his/her written request, to the institution hosting the awarded research.

Article 3: Eligibility - Application form

The participation is by nomination.

Applications must be submitted only by Internet no later than Friday, 16th May 2014.

When deemed necessary, the Institut Pasteur and Sanofi reserve 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 protected by the intellectual property rights of third parties and to not contravene such rights of third parties.

Candidates will endeavour not to include confidential information in the aforesaid application.

Employees and service providers of Sanofi are not allowed to apply.

Article 4: Composition of the Jury

The Jury is composed of several members, as follows:

  • Prof. Peter C Agre, University Professor and Director of the Malaria Research Institute, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA, Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2003, President of the Jury

  • Prof. Elizabeth H. Blackburn, Professor of Biology and Physiology in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, University of California, San Francisco, USA, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2009, Vice-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

  • Prof. Alain Fischer, Director of the Pediatric Immunology Unit (Inserm), Hôpital Necker-Enfants malades, Professor at the Paris Descartes University, Paris, France

  • Prof. Peter Gruss, President of the Max Planck Society, Munich, Germany, Honorary Professor at the University of Göttingen, Member of the German Academy of Natural Scientists Leopoldina

  • 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), Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2011

  • Dr Gary J. Nabel, Chief Scientific Officer, Global R&D, Sanofi, Paris, France

  • Prof. Staffan Normak, Professor of Medical Microbiology, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden, Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences

  • 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

The jury members are not paid; their participation is voluntary.

The jury will meet 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 four Awards if it deems that there are insufficient suitable applications.

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

Article 5: Prize-giving

The Sanofi - Institut Pasteur Awards will be given, in the presence of the winners, during a ceremony at the premises of the Institut Pasteur in Paris, France, which will occur on Thursday, 20th November 2014.

Article 6: Funds deposit

Funds will be deposited in the bank accounts of the award winners and/or the institution hosting the awarded research as specified at article 2 within a maximum period of sixty days from the prize-giving.

Article 7: Candidates Commitment

Sanofi and the Institut Pasteur reserve the right to communicate concerning the Sanofi - Institut Pasteur Awards by any means; each winner accepts that his/her name be mentioned and his/her image and his/her voice collected during filming for the event be disseminated worldwide, on all supports for a duration of two years after the prize-giving ceremony.

Article 8: Submission requirements

The application consists of the following information:

  • The completed nomination form, to be downloaded from the web site www.sanofi-institutpasteur-awards.com

  • Letter of nomination, describing the scientific accomplishments of the candidate and the reasons he/she deserves the prize – 2 pages maximum

  • Short curriculum vitae of the candidate – 2 pages maximum

  • List of the candidate’s 10 most significant publications already published, in order of importance

  • Copies of the first page of the candidate’s three most important publications

  • Two letters (maximum) of recommendation from individuals not at the candidate’s institution - optional


 

The nomination form requests:

  • For which scientific category is the application submitted

  • Name (last, first), title, institution, employers, nationality, year of doctoral degree (last one if more than one), mailing address, email, office telephone, cell phone and fax of the applicant

  • One sentence stating the principal reason for nomination

  • A summary of the candidate’s main scientific achievements (250 words maximum)

  • Nominator’s name, title, institution, email and telephones, date

  • Name, title and affiliation of the two people, not at the candidate’s institution, writing letters of recommendation (optional)


 

The nominator may be affiliated with the same institution as the candidate.


 

Applications must be submitted via the web site www.sanofi-institutpasteur-awards.com

All documents must be uploaded as pdf files.


 

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


 

Article 9: Acceptance/Agreement of present conditions

The participation in the Sanofi - Institut Pasteur Awards means the full and entire acceptance of the present conditions, available for reference on the website: www.sanofi-institutpasteur-awards.com.