The Breakthrough Prize Foundation is accepting nominations for the 2018 Breakthrough Prizes in Fundamental Physics, Life Sciences, and Mathematics.
Founded by Sergey Brin and Anne Wojcicki, Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan, and Yuri and Julia Milner, the prizes, the largest science prize in the world, will honor top scientists with up to five prizes in the life sciences, one in fundamental physics, and one in mathematics. Each prize comes with a $3 million award, and selection committees are composed of previous Breakthrough Prize laureates, who choose the winners from a list of candidates developed during the nomination period.
In addition, up to six New Horizons Prizes of $100,000 each will be presented to promising early-career researchers in the fields of fundamental physics and mathematics.
In addition to awarding the cash prizes, the foundation hosts a gala awards ceremony to celebrate the laureates' achievements, foster broad popular support for scientific endeavors, and inspire the next generation of scientists. Prize-winners also engage in a program of lectures and discussions at a daylong symposium the day after the ceremony.
1) Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics: A single Breakthrough Prize ($3 million) will be awarded to an individual(s) who has made profound contributions to human knowledge. This category 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 being accepted for the New Horizons in Physics Prize, which will include up to three $100,000 awards for junior researchers who have already produced important work in their fields.
2) Breakthrough Prize in Life Science: Up to five Breakthrough Prizes ($3 million each) will be awarded to individuals who have made transformative advances in understanding living systems and in extending human life.
3) Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics: A single Breakthrough Prize ($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.
For complete program guidelines and nomination instructions, see the Breakthrough Prize website.