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2016 Prizes In Fundamental Physics, Life Sciences & Mathematics


Sunday, May 31, 2015

The Breakthrough Prize has opened the public nomination period for its 2016 prizes in Fundamental Physics, Life Sciences and Mathematics. Nominations can be submitted online through May 31, 2015.

For the fourth year, the Breakthrough Prizes will continue to recognize the world’s top scientists, granting each a $3 million award; as well as recognizing promising junior researchers in the field of Fundamental Physics, granting each a $100,000 award. Laureates attend a televised award ceremony designed to celebrate their achievements and inspire the next generation of scientists. As part of the ceremony schedule, they also engage in a program of lectures and discussions.

In addition, the Breakthrough Prize is pleased to announce that a new prize category has been created this year – the New Horizons in Mathematics Prize, a $100,000 award for promising junior researchers in the field of mathematics, who have already produced important work. Up to three of these prizes will be given each year. Nominations can now be submitted online.

Anyone may make a nomination, but self-nominations are prohibited. The nomination form and the rules are available at

The Breakthrough Prizes were founded by Sergey Brin and Anne Wojcicki, Jack Ma and Cathy Zhang, Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan, and Yuri and Julia Milner. Selection Committees composed of previous Breakthrough Prize laureates choose the winners.

The 2016 prizes are expected to be announced in the fall of 2015.

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