Japan Prize Foundation - 2021 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.

For 2021, the fields are:

  1. Resources, Energy, Environment, Social Infrastructure - achieved breakthroughs in the creation, innovation or dissemination of science and technology, thereby contributing significantly to the sustainable development of human society.
  2. Medical/Medicinal Science - achieved scientific and technological breakthroughs, such as new discoveries or the development of innovative technologies on the "prevention", "diagnosis", "treatment" or "prognosis" of diseases, thereby contributing towards the health and well-being of humankind.

Refer to the website for more details on the 2021 fields.


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 can be:

  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 an Expression of Interest (EOI) to research.honours@uoguelph.ca by the internal deadline.

External Deadline

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

The Vice-President (Research) 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, please submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) to research.honours@uoguelph.ca by the internal deadline.

An Expression of Interest will include:

  • A draft letter (two-three pages) addressed to the VPR which outlines how you/your nominee meets the criteria of the award.
  • An up-to-date CV for the nominee;  and
  • A short letter or email from the Associate Dean (Research) or College Research Manager indicating the College's support for the nomination.

​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 copy of the application by the external deadline to research.services@uoguelph.ca

For more information, please email research.honours@uoguelph.ca or the Japan Prize Foundation

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