Japan Prize Foundation - 2022


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 2022, the fields are:

  • In the research areas of Physics, Chemistry, Informatics, and Engineering, the eligible field for the Japan Prize is "Materials and Production"
  • In the research areas of Life Sciences, Agriculture, and Medicine, the eligible field for the Japan Prize is "Biological Production, Ecology / Environment"

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


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.


Each laureate receives a certificate of merit, a commemorative medal, and a cash prize of 50 million Japanese yen (approximately USD $460,000).

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 VPR nomination, please submit your Expression of Interest (see How to Apply) to research.honours@uoguelph.ca

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) 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 research.honours@uoguelph.ca 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 Japan Prize Foundation 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 a complete nomination and OR-5 to research.services@uoguelph.ca by the external deadline.

For more information, contact research.honours@uoguelph.ca or see the Japan Prize Foundation nomination portal.

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