Japan Prize Foundation - 2020 Nominations


 Japan Prize Foundation


The Japan Prize Foundation (hereafter referred to as the Foundation) awards the Japan Prize to people from throughout the world who have produced creative breakthroughs in science and technology, thereby substantially contributing to the progress of science and technology and significantly advancing the cause of world peace and prosperity. Each year the Foundation designates two specific fields in which the prize will be awarded.


Two fields eligible for the 2020 (36th) Japan Prize are as follows:

  1. Areas of Physics, Chemistry, Informatics and Engineering
    Fields eligible: Electronics, Information and Communication

    The 2020 Japan Prize in the field of “Electronics, Information and Communication” is awarded to an individual(s) who has achieved scientific and technological breakthroughs, such as the development of essential technologies or systems that have contributed significantly to the creation of new industries, innovations in production technology, the realization of a safe and secure society, and improvements in amenity of life, as well as advances in basic science and technology that are highly likely to promote the further development of society.
  1. Areas of Life Science, Agriculture and Medicine
    Fields eligible: Life Science

    The 2020 Japan Prize in the field of “Life Science” is awarded to individual(s) who has made significant contributions to society by achieving scientific and technological breakthroughs, such as the discovery of new life phenomena, proposal of paradigm shifts, and technological innovations that deepen the understanding of biological functions.

Candidates for the Prize must be alive. There are no restrictions as to nationality, profession, age or gender. Self-nomination is not accepted. The Japan Prize is intended, in principle, to recognize advanced breakthroughs in science and technology. However, work done in the past may be selected for the award if its significance has recently been appreciated.

The Prize is in principle awarded to individuals. However, in exceptional cases, it may be awarded to a group consisting of not more than three people. When a group has been proposed, they will be treated as one candidate​.


Laureates will receive a certificate of merit, a prize medal, and a cash award of 50 million yen (approximately US$440,000)

Special Notes

Nominators of candidates for the Japan Prize are being sought among :

  1. Members or associate members of academies.
  2. Representatives of scientific societies or scientists holding equivalent status.
  3. Presidents, deans or professors of universities.
  4. Presidents of scientific and technological organizations, research institutes, or equivalent status.
  5. Scientists who have been awarded an internationally established prize, including the Japan Prize.
  6. Scientists from whom the Foundation considers it appropriate to invite the nominations of candidates with the recommendation from organizations or institutes.


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

Internal Deadline

If you wish to be considered for VPR nomination, please submit your Nomination  Dossier (details below)  to stratprg@uoguelph.ca.  

External Deadline

Closing date for the nominations. 

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 research.services@uoguelph.ca 

How to Apply

Nomination dossier Details:

  1. Title of Achievement (Within 200 characters)
  2. Scientific and/or technological achievement (Within 4,000 characters)
  3. Contribution to society based on the above mentioned achievement (Within 4,000 characters)
  4. CV

For More Information

For more information, contact Ailsa Fullwood at stratprg@uoguelph.ca

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