Paris, July 28, 2004

Three researchers presented by the CNRS win the European Young Investigator Award (EURYI).

The names of the 25 winners of the European Young Investigator Award (EURYI) were announced in Brussels on July 29, 2004. These 25 researchers, chosen among the most qualified candidates in the world, will each receive approximately 250 k€/year for five years (or a total of 1.5 M€) to create a research team in Europe. This is the first program collectively financed by 18 research organizations from 15 European countries[1], including the CNRS and INSERM in France. The CNRS obtained financing for three of the six pre-selected candidates.

They will each receive 1.25 million euros to create their own laboratory in France.

The aim of the EURYI award is to promote excellence in European research in all fields.  This initiative was launched in October 2002 in Athens at one of the annual meetings of EUROHORCS (European Heads of Research Councils).  Coordinated by the European Science Foundation, this prize finances young researchers (a maximum of ten years after they obtained their PhD), the scientific leaders of tomorrow, so that they can create their own team within a European research organization.  


The candidates, regardless of nationality, are initially selected at the national level by research organizations and, subsequently, by international expert panels in different fields (biomedicine, computer science, humanities and social sciences, life sciences, mathematics, physics, chemistry and space sciences).  Selection criteria are based on their scientific qualifications, their leadership potential, the excellence of their project and that of the laboratory where the new team will work.  



Award winners:


Mihail Dumitru Barboiu, 35 years old, Romanian, is chargé de recherche at the CNRS. He works at the European Membrane Institute in Montpellier. The aim of his project is to develop intelligent material and new means of synthesis in the fields of supramolecular and combinatorial chemistry. 

This research has many applications, ranging from separative chemistry to biological sensors, and including the vectorization of drugs.  

Contact: +33 (0)4 67 14 9195,


Raffaele Colombelli, 33 years old, Italian, is chargé de recherche at the CNRS. He has been working at the Institut d'Electronique Fondamentale of the CNRS in Orsay since 2003. He conducts research in the area of semiconductors and solid-state physics and its applications.  His research is particularly focused on quantum cascade lasers that form a new family of components with applications in spectroscopy and in the field of gas sensors.  His project will make it possible to improve the performances and the functionality of photonic emitters and detectors in the strategic areas of the nanosciences and the nanotechnologies. 

Contact: +33 (0)1 69 15 78 65,


Jakob Reichel, 39 years old, was born in Germany.  He created a new area of physics, known as “atom chips” or “atom microcircuits”.  In these chips, electric microcircuits can trap a cloud of ultra-cold atoms about the size of a micrometer and easily guide them.  Possible applications include miniature atomic clocks or highly sensitive gyroscopes.  Jakob Reichel will carry out his research at the Laboratoire Kastler-Brossel (CNRS - Ecole Normale Supérieure -  Université Pierre et Marie Curie) in Paris.



[1] Germany, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Spain, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Norway, Netherlands, Portugal, Great Britain, Switzerland.


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