Kavli Prize 2022


The Kavli Prize is a partnership between The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, The Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research and The Kavli Foundation.


The Kavli Prize honours scientists for breakthroughs in astrophysics, nanoscience and neuroscience that transform our understanding of the very big, the very small and the very complex. Since the first awards in 2008, the Kavli Prize has recognized innovative scientific research – from the discovery of CRISPR-Cas9 to the detection of gravitational waves.

The prizes are presented every two years.

The main objective is to award three international prizes for outstanding scientific work in the fields of Astrophysics, Nanoscience, and Neuroscience. The main purposes of the Prizes are to:

  • Recognize outstanding scientific research 
  • Honour highly creative scientists 
  • Promote public understanding of scientists and their work 
  • Foster international cooperation among scientists


The nomination process will be open to all who wish to nominate candidates, but self-nominations will not be accepted. The prize can be awarded to a single person or shared for closely related fundamental contributions. Deceased persons cannot be nominated.

Nominations open September 1, 2021.

Nomination guidelines will be provided closer to the deadline. Please refer to last year's guidelines on the Kavli Prize website.


Each of three international prizes consists of $1 million USD. In addition to the prize money, the laureates will receive a scroll and a gold medal.

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 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 Kavli 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 a complete nomination to research.services@uoguelph.ca by the external deadline.

For more information, contact research.honours@uoguelph.ca.

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