The Balzan Prizewinner’s Research Projects 2001-2009: an Overview
The International Balzan Foundation "Prize" has collected into a book reports of the Research Projects so far established thanks to the second half of the annual Balzan Prizes.
In 2001, the Articles of the Balzan Foundation established a stipulation that prize winners must designate half of their prize to finance research projects that are preferably carried out by young scholars or scientists.
The overview of the thirty six research projects emphasises the Prize’s special vocation to promote new or emerging fields of study or research and amply illustrates the aim of the Balzan Foundation to promote culture, the sciences and the most meritorious initiatives in the cause of humanity, peace and brotherhood among peoples throughout the world.
The bookwas presented at an event that will take place on 18 November 2010 at the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei in Rome, on the occasion 2010 Balzan Awards Ceremony. Events will also include the Balzan Prizewinners Interdisciplinary Forum.
The presentationfeatured as speakers 10 young researchers, involved in 4 research projects, chaired by the Chairman of the General Prize committee, Salvatore Veca.

The intention in publishing the overview is provided by Salvatore Veca in the foreword of the book:
Since 2001, each annual Balzan Prize has included a grant to support the laureate’s research. The structure of each research project is determined by the prizewinner, and its management is the responsibility of an academic institution chosen by the winner. The projects should, preferably, involve young researchers. The Balzan General Prize Committee approves these projects, and one or more of its members advise and assist the prizewinners in their definition and implementation.
Prizewinners are asked to send in annual updates and a final report, and they are also asked to approve updated abstracts of their research projects, which are made available to the general public by the Balzan Foundation through its publications and website (
www.balzan.org). Academic publications and other documents related to the results of these activities enrich the library of the Balzan Foundation “Prize” in Milan. This framework is consistent with the aims of the Balzan Foundation, which supports many different fields of research, including new or emerging ones, by changing the subjects of the Balzan Prizes annually.
We are pleased that our prizewinners have welcomed this innovative characteristic of the prize. They all emphasize the opportunity the Balzan Foundation has given them to help a new generation of scholars and to open up new avenues of research. Between 2001 to 2009, the Foundation awarded four prizes every year. The amount of each prize was one million Swiss francs, half of which had to be set aside for research projects. The total amount allocated to research was therefore eighteen million Swiss francs. Thirty-six research projects is a sufficient number to justify an overview, even though many projects are still being implemented and many derived publications are still undergoing peer review or in the process of being published. A significant number of academic institutions and individual researchers worldwide have been involved in the Balzan prizewinners’ research projects.
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