Règlement du Prix

Rules for the

“Premio Daniel Carasso”

A prize awarded by the Fondation Daniel et Nina Carasso

                                                                                                                                                July 2016

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1.The Premio Daniel Carasso 

1.1.The Fondation Daniel et Nina Carasso

1) The PREMIO DANIEL CARASSO (subsequently also referred to as the “Prize”) is an initiative from the Fondation Daniel et Nina Carasso (subsequently referred to as the “Foundation”) which was created under the aegis of the Fondation de France.

2) The Foundation is active in two areas: sustainable food systems and diets to sustain life and art to nourish the mind. Created in 2010, this family foundation was established in memory of Daniel Carasso, founder of Danone in France and Dannon Inc. in the United States, and of his wife Nina, by their only daughter, Marina Nahmias. The Foundation is totally independent from the Danone group. The Foundation headquarters are in Paris (France) and it has also one country office in Madrid (Spain).

3) The Fondation Daniel et Nina Carasso believes that there has to be a paradigm shift in food systems. It is urgent to promote dialogue among players and researchers with various backgrounds and academic disciplines, and collaborations between them. New production and consumption practices need to be designed and tested. The Foundation aims to encourage a better understanding of the way food systems work and to identify realistic, viable solutions for feeding people adequately and sustainably in the future. To that end, the Fondation Daniel et Nina Carasso:

• Funds and spearheads innovative projects in France and Spain, in order to try out and validate new approaches;

• Encourages international research on a multidisciplinary basis, in order to improve understanding of the way food systems work, through a yearly international call for research projects and the aforementioned Premio Daniel Carasso Prize;

• Helps to raise awareness among researchers and decision makers for sustainable food systems and dietary issues, and pioneer solutions.

4) The Prize is awarded by the Fundación Delegación de la Fondation de France en España, which represents the Fondation Daniel et Nina Carasso in Spain. The Fondation Daniel et Nina Carasso’s Executive Committee decides any future changes to the Prize’s entry rules. The Prize’s secretariat is located in Paris (France) at Fondation Daniel et Nina Carasso 40 avenue Hoche 75008.

1.2.The vision of the Foundation

5) Feeding the world on a healthy diet while safeguarding the planet’s resources is a vital challenge. The Foundation believes that it will require the transition to sustainable food systems, and is convinced that researchers globally have a key role to play in designing tomorrow’s food systems and sustainable diets.

6) The Fondation Daniel et Nina Carasso defines a food system as the interactions between all the elements (environment, people, inputs, processes, infrastructure and institutions) and activities that relate to the production, processing, distribution, preparation and consumption of food, and the outputs of these activities. It includes the web of processes by which institutions, organizations, and individuals transform inputs into the food we consume. A core element of all food systems is the “food supply chain” or “food value chain” through which food moves from farm to fork, or even from seed to garbage bin.

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and Bioversity International definition of sustainable diets is useful to think about sustainable food systems: “Sustainable diets are those with low environmental impacts which contribute to food and nutrition security and to healthy life for present and future generations. They are protective and respectful of biodiversity and ecosystems, culturally acceptable, accessible, economically fair and affordable, nutritionally adequate, safe and healthy, while optimizing natural and human resources.” From the Foundation’s perspective, desirability, satisfaction and commensality are also crucial characteristics of sustainable food systems.

7) The Prize is a keystone of the Foundation’s International Program on Sustainable Food Systems, which aims to raise awareness among scientists on the necessity to undertake research projects looking at food systems as a whole. Hence, the need to break down silos between disciplines and tackle the various dimensions of sustainability in a more holistic and integrated way, in order to help other stakeholders and decision makers pioneer solutions.

The International Program on Sustainable Food Systems ambitions to encourage scientific excellence and rigor, openness and the willingness and ability to learn from and work across various academic disciplines. By giving out the Prize, the Foundation rewards outstanding individual scientific commitment and vision for the future of sustainable food systems and diets for long-term health. Other pillars of the International Program on Sustainable Food Systems are direct funding of transdisciplinary and collaborative research projects at the international level and support to and organization of scientific gatherings where researchers working on sustainable food systems and diets can share their work and help raise awareness for the importance of the existing stakes to others.

1.3.The Premio Daniel Carasso

8) The Premio Daniel Carasso is a high level international scientific award on the topic of sustainable food and diets for long-term health, given out first in 2012 then 2015 and from then on every two years.

9) The prize bears the name of Daniel Carasso, founder of Danone in France and Dannon Inc. in the United States. Openness to the world and concern for the well-being of the greatest number are the principles that guided Daniel Carasso throughout his life. Marina Nahmias, Daniel Carasso’s daughter, created the Premio Daniel Carasso in 2012 in his honour. Because her father was generous, imaginative, rigorous, and visionary, the Premio that carries his name distinguishes men and women of science who reflect these values.

10) The Prize is open to research scientists coming from a variety of scientific fields, including (not exclusively) nutrition, food sciences, agriculture, agronomy, fisheries and aquaculture, agro-ecology, ecology, biodiversity, environmental sciences, sociology, anthropology, economics, etc.

11) Laureates of the Premio Daniel Carasso are rewarded for their interdisciplinary and multidimensional approach of sustainable food systems. Their research has to combine several of the environmental, economic, social and nutritional dimensions of sustainability that should necessarily be addressed together. The laureates also have to be recognized by their peers, particularly researchers. Eventually, the laureates are chosen for their capacity to think collectively and to cooperate with other researchers and professionals (more on evaluation criteria below).

12) The Prize is intended to give more visibility to a mid-carrier researcher and to help her/him inspire junior researchers to develop transdisciplinary approaches to study food systems and their sustainability.

13) The Foundation awards the Prize every two years.

14) The amount of the Premio Daniel Carasso is €100,000.

15) At least 25% of the Prize will be granted individually to the Laureate. The Laureate is free to convert up to 75% of the prize into a grant from the Fundación Delegación de la Fondation de France en España to a project working to improve the sustainability of food systems and diets, providing he/she is directly involved in the project and it is born by a non-profit organization.

16) The prize laureates are responsible for paying any tax that may be levied on the prize money received from the Fundación Delegación de la Fondation de France en España. The Foundation reserves the right to withdraw the Prize in the event of any proven fraud.

2.Evaluation criteria

2.1.Eligibility criteria

17) To be eligible, an application must meet the following criteria:

   A)° The applicants must:

  • belong to a non-profit organization ;
  • currently take an active part in research work ;
  • having been conducting research between 10 and 20 years;
  • benefit from a certain degree of recognition from their peers beyond their national border (including but not exclusively through number and quality of publications in peer reviewed journals or books, talks, classes, conferences, etc.);
  • have proven an interest and ability to engage with and spread messages to his/her peers and other actors, including specifically policy-makers.

B) Their research work:

  • contributes to a better understanding of sustainable food systems and diets for long-term health;
  • comprehensively grasps the systemic nature of food systems (as opposed to a focus on only part of the system);
  • combines most dimensions of sustainability (i.e. environmental, social, economic and health) ;
  • is interdisciplinary: associates and integrates different disciplines (i.e. biological sciences, social sciences, economical sciences, politics, etc.?).
  • is rigorous and innovative.

C) Eligibility is not subject to any geographical limitation in terms of nationality or focus of work.

2.2.Selection criteria

18) Eligible submissions shall be reviewed on the basis of the following criteria:

     A) Fit with the purpose of the Premio Daniel Carasso :

  A.1.) contribution to the development of a systemic vision of “sustainable food systems and diets for long-term health”;

  A.2.) success in associating different disciplines, promotion of transdisciplinary research.

B) Scientific achievements:

   B.1.) originality and innovativeness of scientific contribution (subjects, methodology, collaboration, etc.) ;

   B.2.) recognition of the research by peers.

C) Potential outcomes:

   C.1.) potential practical outcomes of research work;

   C.2.) proven leadership skills, capacity for networking and collective based work (contribution to creating, organizing, leading and developing researchers’ communities around important topics.)

   C.3.) advocacy, mobilization and commitment to human well-being. Proven interest and ability to engage with and spread messages to other actors, and specifically policy-makers

D) Interest and ability to be an ambassador of the Fondation Daniel et Nina Carasso on the promotion of “sustainable diets and food systems “.

3.Selection process

19) Application will undergo a “two-stage process.”

20) Applicants will first fill an online form. A Prize Committee will review eligible applications. Proponents of preselected applications shall be asked to submit a Full Application which will then be subjected to another round of evaluation by the Prize Jury.

21) Both Prize Committee and Jury members will clearly express any links to applicants at the beginning of the selection meetings and potential conflicts of interests will be dealt with appropriately by the Presidents of the Committee and Jury.

3.1.Prize Committee

22) The Prize Committee includes between 8 and 11 members. One to three Foundation representatives – including its President – will sit on the Prize Committee. The other members are researchers, all acknowledged experts in their fields. The President of the Foundation is the Chair of the Prize Committee. In the event of a tie, she has a casting vote. Should the President be unable to attend, she appoints a stand-in from among the members of the Foundation’s Executive Committee to chair the Prize Committee, with a casting vote in the event of a tie.

23) The Committee’s duties are:

  • Validate the Prize’s rules and timeline.
  • Appoint the members of the Jury.
  • Publicize the Prize and entry conditions.
  • Issue the call for applications.
  • Select a list of finalists and convey it to the Jury.

3.2.The Jury

24) The Jury is chaired by an internationally renowned scientist appointed by the Committee. The Jury selects the winner from the shortlist of finalists drawn up by the Prize Committee. Members vote by secret ballot for the winner. The winner is the applicant with the most votes. In the event of a tie, the President has the casting vote. The Jury does not comment its decisions and they may not be appealed against. The 2017 Jury comprises no more than 9 members:

  • The President of the Jury who is appointed by the Foundation
  • The President of the Prize Committee
  • The President of the 2015 Jury
  • A researcher appointed by the Fondation de France
  • Two to four scientists chosen by the Prize Committee for their expertise in “sustainable food systems and diets”.

25) The Jury’s duties are:

  • Select the winner
  • Award the Prize.

26) The Prize may, exceptionally, be awarded to two or more applicants who have produced similar research work. In such an event the Jury will determine the prize money awarded to each winner.

27) In the event of any dispute over the selection and award procedure, the President of the Jury alone may arbitrate.

4.How to submit applications

28) Applications may be submitted between 23 July 2016 and 23 October 2016.

29) The whole application process will be online at http://projects.fondationcarasso.org/en.  All details of the process will be posted on the Foundation’s website at http://www.fondationcarasso.org/en/call-entries

30) Applicants have to register on the online platform and should then submit online:

  • A) The application form, clearly indicating their name and contact details and those of two sponsors from the scientific community who will be asked to write a letter of recommendation if their application is shortlisted.
  • B) The following documents:
  1. A curriculum vitae of their scientific career which should be no longer than 4 pages (in Word or PDF format).
  2. An overview of their research work which should be no longer than 3 pages together with, a summary of work in progress and future projects. The overview and summary should all be in a single Word or PDF file.
  3. A list and brief summary (Word or PDF) of between 5 and 10 publications, whether printed (books, scientific reviews, journal articles, and general interest magazine) or electronic (web-based, audio, video, multimedia, etc.).
  4. A PDF copy of each publication (3MB maximum per file). If it is not possible to upload your publications by Internet for technical reasons, please send them by email to the secretariat or send three hard copies of each publication by postal mail before the closing date for applications.

C) All documents should be in English.

31) Incomplete applications will not be selected. No applications received after the deadline of 23th of October 2016, will be considered.

32) Applicants will be informed by the Prize Secretariat if the Prize Committee selects their application. In that event, they should then send – within a time limit that will be specified – the following documents:

           A)  A one page letter explaining how their current research work and future research plans fits with the goal of the Premio Daniel Carasso, i.e. promotes "sustainable foods and diets for long-term health".

B) A signed, letterhead pledge of support from each sponsor.

C) A declaration of interests stating any participation in any authority of private for profit companies (scientific committee, board, etc.), and any current or recent (5 years) source of funding from for profit companies or their foundations.

D) Any additional document requested by the Prize Secretariat.

33) Apart from the winner, the names of applicants will be kept confidential.

5.Premio Daniel Carasso award ceremony

34) The next Premio Daniel Carasso will be awarded in 2017 first in Spain, then in an academic conference in October 2017 elsewhere in the world. Locations and dates will be communicated to the finalists as soon as possible.

35) The President of the Prize Committee and the President of the Jury will award the Prize.

36) The winner must commit to be physically present at both events and will be asked to speak briefly about his/her research work.

6.Promoting the Premio Daniel Carasso and prize winner’s work

37) The winner of the 2017 Prize will be announced to the scientific and general-interest media so as to publicize the Prize. The Fondation Daniel et Nina Carasso retains full copyright and ownership rights over all the public relations materials it produces (audio-video recordings, publications, on-line conferences, web site content, etc.). The winner of the Prize authorizes the foundation to communicate, for non-profit purposes, on his/her research on sustainable food systems.

38) Before it publishes any document related to public relations, the Foundation will submit it to the prize winner for his/her prior approval.

39) The Foundation will ask the prize winner to act as its ambassador to promote sustainable food systems. In that capacity, the prize winner pledges to promote the issue of sustainable food systems and:

  • Sit on the International Sustainable Food Systems and Diets Scientific Committee of the Fondation Daniel et Nina Carasso whose main duties are to support the Foundation’s strategic thinking and select international research projects ;
  • Take part in events organized or supported by the Foundation as speaker or moderator;
  • Participate in the Foundation’s public relations activities related to sustainable food systems, the Daniel Carasso Prize and, to a lesser extent, the Foundation’s other projects (press relations, reports, public relations, etc.).

40) The Foundation will pay for all expenses the prize winner may incur while fulfilling the role of ambassador.

7. Contact

The present rules may be downloaded from the Foundation’s website – http://www.fondationcarasso.org/en/rules-%E2%80%9Cpremio-daniel-carasso  

It is also available on written request from the Foundation from the following address:

Fondation Daniel et Nina Carasso

Premio Daniel Carasso Secretariat

40, avenue Hoche

75008 Paris