The International Cosmos Prize honours 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.
- The body of work should show an inclusive and integrated methodology and approach, in contrast to analytic and reductive methodologies.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
If you wish to be considered for VPR nomination:
Career interruptions due to parental leave, family care, extended illness, or community responsibilities will not negatively impact the committee’s assessment of a candidate’s research productivity. These will be taken into consideration when EOIs are assessed.
If your nomination will be submitted by a nominator other than the VPR, please submit directly to the sponsor by the external deadline. Please also submit a copy of the full nomination and OR-5 to email@example.com.
How to Apply
The Vice-President (Research) encourages nominations for this prestigious award, and will serve as nominator for those nominees recommended by the Honours and Awards Advisory Committee. If you wish to nominate a colleague or to be considered for VPR nomination:
- We recommend discussing your interest in this award with your College Research Manager and Associate Dean (Research).
- Complete the Expression of Interest document.
- Send the completed Expression of Interest document and a CV to firstname.lastname@example.org and copy your College Research Manager by the internal deadline.
As this is an international prize, the University may engage the Global Excellence Initiative to coordinate external review of nominations.
Career interruptions due to parental leave, family care, extended illness, or community responsibilities will not negatively impact the committee’s assessment of a candidate’s research productivity. These will be taken into consideration when EOIs are assessed. If your nomination will be submitted by a different nominee, and therefore does not require the Vice-President's endorsement, please submit a complete nomination and signed OR-5 to email@example.com by the external deadline.