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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.

The National Institute for Astrophysics at the forefront of solar storm forecasting

Nov 13, 2023

The National Institute for Astrophysics at the forefront of solar storm forecasting The tool, developed by the INAF-Turin Astrophysical Observatory in collaboration with ALTEC and the University of Genoa, allowed accurate detection of the November 5 CME about 9 hours before the onset of the geomagnetic storm

GRB-SN Association within the Binary-Driven Hypernova Model

Sep 22, 2023

GRB-SN Association within the Binary-Driven Hypernova Model The GRB-SN association, probably the most constraining property of GRB theoretical models, is the subject of a new article by an ICRA-ICRANet collaboration, accepted for publication in The Astrophysical Journal

The polyhedric scientist and his sharp tones

Sep 08, 2023

Tomaso Belloni passed away suddenly on August 26th. He was a leading scientist of the Italian astrophysics community and was well known internationally for his work on compact objects in the X-ray and gamma-ray bands