The General Prize Committee of the International Balzan Foundation "Prize", chaired in Milan by Salvatore Veca, has announced the subject areas for the 2011 Balzan Prizes:
Nominations may be submitted by 15 March 2011; names submitted must be accompanied by a description of the reasons for the nomination, a list of main publications and a complete curriculum vitae. Self-nominations will not be accepted.
The Prizewinners of the four Balzan Prizes 2011 will be officially announced in Milan on 5 September 2011.
The Balzan Prize is unique among international awards in recognising, on an annual basis, particularly relevant, innovative and specific research carried out in two broad categories: 1) literature, moral sciences and the arts, and 2) physical, mathematical and the natural sciences and medicine. Consequently, the Balzan Prize aims to promote the humanities and the sciences in all fields of knowledge.
The amount of each prize is 750,000 Swiss Francs. Prize winners are required to earmark half of the sum for the financing of research projects preferably conducted by young scientists and humanists.
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