International Cosmos Prize 2022


Expo'90 Foundation


The International Cosmos Prize is an annual award presented by the Expo'90 Foundation. Its purpose is to honour those who have, through their work, applied and realized the ideals which the Foundation strives to preserve.

Expo'90 was an event dedicated to the theme -The Harmonious Coexistence of Nature and Humanity- how we as human beings can truly respect and live in harmony with nature. The perspective sought throughout the exposition was one that grasped life on Earth in its total context and stressed the need to understand our world as a single interdependent entity. Exhibitors and organizers alike emphasized the need to chart a correct course for Spaceship Earth.

Of vital importance for research conducted now and in the future is the need to understand the character of the interdependent relationship among all living organisms and the earth. The answers, however, cannot fully be attained with analytical and reductive methods that have served the mainstream of science to the present. The necessity for new paradigms formed through integrated and inclusive approaches has been realized.

The Commemorative Foundation for Expo'90 realizes the importance of a holistic global perspective and wishes to extend its support to those dedicated to this approach. Therefore, it has decided to reward the endeavors of researchers and scientists all over the world who have shown their dedication in this respect, thus giving them the recognition they so greatly deserve. By so doing, not only are the ideals of the Foundation upheld, but also it is hoped that a new tide of values is promoted and its fruits shared with all of mankind.

Program details and timeline are not yet confirmed. This information will be updated when the program launches.


There will be no distinction made as to nationality, race, sex or creed. However, only living persons are eligible to receive the prize.

The prize will be awarded for research work that has achieved excellence and is recognized as contributing to a significant understanding of the relationships among living organisms, the interdependence of life and the global environment, and the common nature integrating these inter-relationships. It should be characterized by a global perspective which tries to illuminate the relationships between diverse phenomena, in keeping with the concepts and principle of "The Harmonious Coexistence of Nature and Mankind." The prize will be awarded for a demonstrably outstanding individual or group contribution, in pure or applied research, in a wide spectrum of activities including the natural and social sciences and the humanities. It may also be awarded for critical, philosophical, or aesthetic works related to the subject matter of the prize as defined above.The following points will be the standards by which the research will be evaluated.

  1. The body of work should show an inclusive and integrated methodology and approach, in contrast to analytic and reductive methodologies.
  2. The research must be based on a global perspective. If the focus is on a particular phenomenon or specific area, it must have universal significance and applicability.
  3. The research should offer a long-term vision which leads to further developments, rather than solutions to limited problems.


Only one prize will be presented per year to an individual or a team. The prizewinner shall be awarded a commendation, a medallion and a monetary prize of 40 million yen.

The prize will be awarded at a ceremony held each autumn.

Special Notes

Please note that research activities carried out in the context of COVID-19 need to adhere to the University of Guelph COVID-19 research principles, policies, guidelines and processes as they may be updated from time to time and communicated on the Office of Research web-page.


If College-level review is required, your College will communicate its earlier internal deadlines.

Internal Deadline

If you wish to be considered for a VPR nomination, please submit your Expression of Interest (see How to Apply)  to

External Deadline

If your nomination will be submitted by a nominator other than the VPR, please submit the nomination directly to the sponsor by the external deadline. Please also submit a copy of the full nomination and OR-5 to by the external deadline.

How to Apply

The Vice-President (Research) encourages nominations for this prestigious award, and will serve as nominator for those nominees recommended by the Research Honours and Awards Advisory Committee. If you wish to nominate a colleague or to be considered for VPR nomination, please submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) to by the internal deadline.

An Expression of Interest will include:

  • A draft letter (two-three pages) addressed to the VPR, signed by your ADR, which outlines how you/your nominee meets the criteria outlined on the International Cosmos Prize website.
  • An up-to-date CV for nominee (and each member of the team, if applicable)

As this is an international prize, the University may engage the Global Excellence Initiative to coordinate external review of nominations. 

​If your nomination will be submitted by a different nominee, and therefore does not require the Vice-President's endorsement, please submit an OR-5 and a complete nomination to by the external deadline.

For More Information

For more information contact or see the International Cosmos Prize website for more information.

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