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The Royal Society and Académies des sciences Microsoft Award was an annual award given by the Royal Society and the Académie des sciences to scientists working in Europe who had made a major contribution to the advancement of science through the use of computational methods. It was sponsored by Microsoft Research.

The award was open to any research scientist who had made a significant contribution at the intersection of computing and the sciences covering Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences, Mathematics and Engineering. The prize recognized the importance of interdisciplinary research at the interface of science and computing for advancing scientific boundaries, as well as the importance of investing in European scientists to give Europe a competitive science base. The recipient was selected by a Committee comprising members of the Académie des sciences and Fellows of the Royal Society. The prize consisted of a trophy and monetary amount of €250,000, of which €7,500 is prize money and the rest earmarked for further research.

The first award was made in 2006 and the last in 2009. It has now been replaced by the Royal Society Milner Award.

List of winners[edit]

YearWinnerAffiliationAwarded for:Earmarked prize toward:Reference
2006Dennis BrayUniversity of CambridgeComputer simulated chemotaxis of E. coliSet-up of a computational facility to provide computational power for molecular simulations of bacterial chemotaxis.[1]
2007Giorgio ParisiLa Sapienzaquantum chromodynamics and spin glassesA project called IANUS that utilized field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) as a simulator of complex systems.[2]
2008Nicholas AyacheINRIAmedical image analysisStatistics of three-dimensional shapes, the combination of several imaging modalities, and the development of computational models combining anatomy and physiology.[3]
2009Peer BorkEMBLComputational analysis of the human microbiome.[4]

Microsoft Award today[edit]

Today Microsoft is giving awards for top-performing partners in various countries.[5][6]


  1. ^ U.K. Professor Captures Inaugural European Science Award
  2. ^ Professor of quantum theories wins major international computing prize
  3. ^ INRIA Researcher Wins Royal Society and Académie des sciences Microsoft Award
  4. ^ Peer Bork Wins 2009 Microsoft Award
  5. ^ Microsoft Awards Top-Performing Partners at Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, read 2012-07-29
  6. ^ Microsoft Awards Top-Performing Partners at Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference 2012, read 2012-07-29

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