Nobel Prize Physics 2018 Over the years ELI-NP has received several prizes for its research and management achievements. We are especially proud of the Nobel Prize awarded in 2018 to Prof. Gérard Mourou, the main initiator and promoter of the European Project Extreme Light Infrastructure, of which ELI-NP is a part.
Prof. Mourou's ground-breaking scientific research defines both ELI-NP and an emerging field of modern science – Nuclear Photonics.
Nobel Prize for Physics in 2018

Nobel Prize for Physics

Winners: Arthur Ashkin (USA), Gérard Mourou (France) and Donna Strickland (Canada)

The Nobel Prize for Physics in 2018 was awarded to Professors Arthur Ashkin (USA), Gérard Mourou (France) and Donna Strickland (Canada) "for ground-breaking inventions in the field of laser physics" (The Nobel Prize announcement).
Professor Gérard Mourou is the initiator and promoter of the European Project ELI-Extreme Light Infrastructure, considered to be a pan-European landmark project, of which ELI-NP is a part. Professor Mourou contributed to the preparation of ELI-NP’s scientific case. He is also an acting member of the ELI-NP International Scientific Advisory Board and an active collaborator of the ELI-NP research team for the preparations of Day 1 experiments. Ground-breaking scientific research, both fundamental and applicative, defines both ELI-NP and an emerging field of modern science – nuclear photonics. Link

2017 – Gala of the Industrial Property

Gala of the Industrial Property

The Legal Magazine granted the award for the most important scientific research centre in Romania to IFIN-HH for ELI-NP

The Gala of the Industrial Property, held at the Romanian Cultural Institute on 13 June 2017, aimed to strengthen partnerships between stakeholders (individuals, inventors, companies, research institutes, universities, etc.) and industrial property advisers. Among the criteria for the award were experience in the market, customer feedback and recommendations, results registered in 2016, academic activity and leadership style, as well as coverage in the national and international press.

2017 – Gala of the Industrial Property

Values of Romania Gala

"Top Management" AWARD

The second edition of the Values of Romania Gala, an event that celebrates Romanian personalities with important achievements on an international level, awarded Acad. Nicolae-Victor Zamfir, General Director of IFIN-HH, the prize for "Top Management" for the implementation of ELI-NP. In the presence of over 200 top executives, entrepreneurs, artists and inventors, the Biz team awarded 34 prizes to the most successful and respected Romanian personalities and companies.

2016 – Gala of the Romanian IT&C Industry

Gala of the Romanian IT&C Industry

"Best R&D Project" AWARD

The 13th Annual Awards Gala of the Romanian IT&C industry and related tech, held by the magazine Mobile Communications, granted ELI-NP and the Thales Group the "R&D Award".
Within its annual theme "Smart City", the Golden Telecom Day event reviewed the most important achievements of 2016 and prospects for 2017, the prizes being awarded after consultation with three juries (public, experts and the "Mobile Communications" editorial staff), conducted between August and November 2016.

2016 – Foreign Policy Romania Awards

The Foreign Policy Romania Awards 2016 – For people and ideas that better the country


The Foreign Policy Romania Gala nominated fifteen of the most notable personalities, ideas and projects of the previous year. The award for "Projects" was granted to Acad. Nicolae Victor Zamfir for the management of the Laser construction in Magurele. Under the motto "100 people and ideas that move the country", the magazine Foreign Policy Romania

corroborates each year a top 100 to highlight the most important contributions to the country's development.

2016 – French Republic

French Republic


Academician Nicolae-Victor Zamfir, General Manager of IFIN-HH and Director of ELI-NP, was decorated with the title of Grand Officer of the National Order of the Legion of Honour. President François Hollande signed the nomination decree on 15 January 2016. thus acknowledging Prof. Zamfir's "distinguished merits in the service of cooperation between Romania and France in the field of science and research". François Saint-Paul, Ambassador of France to Romania, awarded the insignia to Prof. Zamfir in a ceremony held at the French Embassy on 22 June 2016. Ambassador Saint-Paul stressed that: "without the determination, expertise, knowledge and patience of Prof. Zamfir, the ELI-NP project could not have started in Magurele".
In as much as the founder of IFIN-HH, Academician Horia Hulubei received the Legion of Honour 60 years ago, this award is a continuation of the Romanian-French cooperation in the field of physics. The distinction offered by the French State is a recognition of the achievements of the entire team of IFIN-HH and ELI-NP, as well as the Romanian community of physics.

2014 – French Society of Physics

French Society of Physics (SFP)


The French Physical Society awarded Sydney Gales, Director of Research at IPN Orsay and Scientific Director of ELI-NP, the grand prize "Felix Robin" in honour of his globally acknowledged scientific achievements. The "Felix Robin" grand prize is one of the highest honours awarded by SFP each year in recognition of the excellence of researchers and projects in the field of physics. This distinction conferred to Sydney Gales also honours IPN Orsay and ELI-NP.

2013 - Mediafax



The prize for pushing the limits was awarded to the Magurele team, which brought to Romania the most powerful laser in the world, because they are part of a project which attracted not only European funds but also state-of-the-art technology in Romania; because they succeeded to capitalize on the talent and knowledge of Romanian physicists; and because they managed to disseminate successfully information about the project.

2013 - Energy Oscars

Energy Oscars


Alexander Damev, program manager of WU (Vienna University of Economics and Business), handed the prize for Outstanding Development to the Institute of Physics and Nuclear Engineering Horia Hulubei for the laser project in Magurele, the biggest of its kind in the world. The prize was received by Gheorghe Căta-Danil, deputy director of ELI-NP. Among the other nominees were Genesis Biopartner, Phoenixy, Rompetrol and RPIA (Romanian Photovoltaic Industry Association).

2012 - CCIFER Awards



The 2012 Gala of the French Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture in Romania (CCIFER) awarded the excellence prize to Nicolae Zamfir for the ELI-NP project. CCIFER 2012 Awards were a tribute to small and medium enterprises. In order to put small and medium enterprises in the limelight, CCIFER offered in 2012 five exclusive awards to enterprises and member associations.

2012 - Radio Romania Cultural Awards

Radio Romania Cultural Awards


The 13th edition of Radio Romania Cultural Awards Gala had eight different sections meant to reflect on the Romanian cultural environment and its most important achievements in 2012. Dr. Nicolae Zamfir, the Director of IFIN-HH, received the Award for Science for bringing the largest laser research project – ELI-NP – to Romania.

2011 - Dinu Patriciu Foundation

Education Awards Gala - Dinu Patriciu Foundation


The first honorary award was granted to IFIN-HH for the involvement in the ELI-NP International Project.