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Prizes and PRIN grants


A testimony to the work of the INAF scientists, and the groups that support them, are the national and international prizes that our researchers receive. It is worth mentioning the "Premio della Repubblica" that the head of state, Giorgio Napolitano, awarded to a researcher at IASF-INAF in Milan, or the "Linceo" Prize, the most prestigious Italian prize, awarded every 10 years, which this year was given to a researcher at INAF's observatory in Bologna, or the international prize for young talents, the Zeldovich Medal, that was awarded to a young researcher at IASF-INAF in Bologna, the first time for an Italian. The Fermi prize for physics, this year, also for the first time, was awarded to two astrophysicists, an associate professor at the University of Ferrara, and a researcher at the IASF-INAF in Rome, who was then the first Italian in history to also win the international Shaw prize. Many more prizes have been won by the young researchers of our institute, such as the Marisa Bellisario and Marsden prizes.

PRIN grants

INAF uses that part of its operational funding that remains after salaries, fixed costs and contributions to projects and international collaborations, to finance basic research through a competitive and meritocratic process with PRIN-INAF grants, analogous to the PRIN-MIUR grants. In the last three years (2008, 2009,2010) 1.2, 1.4 and 1.6 million euro have been allocated respectively.


Jan 16, 2023

FIRST IMAGE OF A REGION OF THE MILKY WAY FROM THE PEGASUS SURVEY Led by INAF and Macquarie University, a portion of our Galaxy has been imaged in great detail as part of the PEGASUS survey - a radio astronomy project designed to discover more about the Milky Way

Studying the birth of exoplanets with chemistry

Sep 23, 2022

Studying the birth of exoplanets with chemistry A new study led by Elenia Pacetti, PhD student at La Sapienza University and INAF, jointly uses ultra-volatile, volatile, and refractory elements in the atmospheres of giant planets to develop a unified method to shed light on how and where giant planets form. The new work, published in The Astrophysical Journal, paves the road to the exoplanetary studies of the ESA mission Ariel