For the eighth year, the Breakthrough Prize, recognized as the world’s largest science prize, will honor top scientists, handing out up to four prizes in life sciences, one in fundamental physics and one in mathematics. Each prize comes with a $3 million award. In addition, up to six New Horizons Prizes, each for $100,000, will be presented to promising early career researchers in the fields of physics and mathematics.
The public nomination period for the 2020 Breakthrough Prizes is now open. Prizes will be awarded in fall 2019, during a live, globally televised gala awards ceremony in Silicon Valley.
Nominations can be submitted online through April 1, 2019. While self-nominations are prohibited, anyone may nominate another person. The nomination form and rules are available here.
Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics
One 2020 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics ($3 million) will recognize an individual(s) who has made profound contributions to human knowledge. It is open to all physicists – theoretical, mathematical and experimental – working on the deepest mysteries of the universe. The prize can be shared among any number of scientists. Nominations are also open for the New Horizons in Physics Prize, which will include up to three $100,000 awards for early career researchers who have already produced important work in their fields.
Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences
Up to four 2020 Breakthrough Prizes in Life Sciences ($3 million each) will be awarded to individuals who have made transformative advances in understanding living systems and extending human life.
Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics
One 2020 Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics ($3 million) will be awarded to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the field of mathematics. In addition, up to three $100,000 New Horizons in Mathematics Prizes will be presented to early career mathematicians who have already produced important work in their fields.
Please visit Breakthrough Prize’s website for more information.