Nominations Invited for 2021 Breakthrough Prizes

The Breakthrough Prizes are a group of awards that honour outstanding achievements in fundamental physics, life sciences and mathematics. Nominations are invited for the 2021 awards, which include the $3million Breakthrough Prizes, up to six $100,000 New Horizons Prizes and the inaugural $50,000 Maryam Mirzakhani New Frontiers Prize for postdoctoral female mathematicians.

The prizes include:

Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics (x1) recognises an individual(s) who has made profound contributions to fundamental physics broadly defined, including advances in closely related fields with deep connections to physics. It is open to all physicists, theoretical, mathematical and experimental, working on the deepest mysteries of the universe.

New Horizons in Physics Prize (x3) for promising junior researchers who have already produced important work in their fields. Candidates should have received their PhD within the past 12 years.

Breakthrough Prizes in Life Sciences (x4) are awarded to individuals who have made significant contributions to life sciences, with special attention given to recent developments. One prize is reserved for work contributing to understanding of Parkinson’s Disease and Neurodegenerative Disorders.

Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics (x1) is awarded to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the field of mathematics, with special consideration given to developments in the past ten years.

New Horizons in Mathematics Prizes (x3) are presented to early-career mathematicians who have already produced important work in their fields. Candidates should have received their PhD in the past ten years.

Maryam Mirzakhani New Frontiers Prize (x1) is presented to an outstanding female women mathematician who has completed their PhD within the past two years. Candidates must submit their PhD thesis as part of the nomination.

Winners are invited to attend a televised award ceremony to celebrate their achievements and inspire the next generation of scientists. As part of the ceremony schedule, they also engage in a programme of lectures and discussions.

Nominations may be submitted by any person in any country. There are no age restrictions for candidates.

Nominations for the 2021 awards should be submitted online via the Breakthrough Prize website by the deadline of 1 April 2020.

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