The Breakthrough Prizes were founded by Sergey Brin and Anne Wojcicki, Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan, and Yuri and Julia Milner. Selection Committees are composed of previous Breakthrough Prize laureates, who choose the winners from the list of candidates obtained during the nomination period.
The Breakthrough Prize Foundation is accepting nominations for the 2019 Breakthrough Prizes in Fundamental Physics, Life Sciences, and Mathematics.
For the seventh year, the Breakthrough Prize, the world’s largest science prize, will honor top scientists, handing out up to five 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 fundamental physics and mathematics.
In addition to cash prizes, the Breakthrough Prize hosts a gala awards ceremony to celebrate the laureates’ achievements and to foster broad popular support for scientific endeavors and inspire the next generation of scientists. As part of the schedule, the prizewinners also engage in a program of lectures and discussions at a daylong symposium the day after the ceremony.
1) Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics: One 2019 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics ($3 million prize) 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 taken 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 four 2019 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.
3) Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics: One 2019 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.
For complete program guidelines and nomination instructions, visit the Breakthrough Prizes website.