Breakthrough Prize: Nominations and Rules

Before you commence the nomination procedure, we would like to call your attention to the below rules for nominations. Please do read them carefully, and please note that they may differ between the categories.

Nominations: Anyone can nominate a candidate at the online nominations page during the open nominations period.

The nominations window for the 2019 Breakthrough Prize is open until 30 April 2018. Click the button below to go to the nominations official page. Please note you will be redirected.

 

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 General rules 

  • Self-nominations are not allowed.
  • A valid nomination will have basic biographical information on the nominee and nominator and at least one third-party letter of recommendation.
  • Candidate citations (up to 10) from a specified academic publishing database are required.
  • A person can receive a prize more than once.
  • There are no age restrictions.

 

Selection Committee

Past recipients of the prizes are invited to serve on the Selection Committee to select recipients of future prizes in the category they were awarded the prize.

 

Particular conditions for Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics

Principle:

The Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics is given annually for accomplishments in fundamental physics broadly defined, including advances in closely related fields with deep connections to physics. The New Horizons Prize is designated for junior researchers.

The Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics recognizes major achievements, with special attention to recent developments.

Up to three New Horizons in Physics Prize is targeted toward junior researchers. Recipients of the New Horizons Prize will generally be no more than 12 years past their PhD. Exceptions will sometimes be made, especially in cases of experimental projects with long lead times.

The prizes can be shared by any number of people.

Prizes:

The Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics – $3 million.

New Horizons in Physics Prize – $100,000.

 

Particular conditions for Breakthrough Prize in the Life Sciences

Principle:

The Breakthrough Prizes in Life Sciences are given annually for accomplishments in life sciences broadly defined.

All prizes are individual and should recognize a single person’s contribution to the field of life sciences, with special attention to recent developments.

Prizes:

Up to four annual Breakthrough Prizes in Life Sciences with one prize specifically recognizing advances in Parkinson’s disease or other neurological disorders.– $3 million each.

 

Particular conditions for Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics

Principle:

The Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics is given annually to an individual making significant accomplishments in mathematics.

The Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics recognizes a single person’s contribution to the field of mathematics, with special attention to recent developments (Contribution to the field of mathematics in the last 10 years, although earlier contributions may also be taken into account). In exceptional circumstances, when a prize is awarded for joint work, the committee may split the prize.

Up to three New Horizons in Mathematics Prize are awarded to promising junior researchers who have already produced important work. Candidates for the New Horizons Prize should have not held a PhD for more than 10 years at the start of the calendar year in which nominations close. This requirement may be relaxed in exceptional circumstances.

Prizes:

The Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics – $3 million.

New Horizons in Mathematics Prize – $100,000.

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