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The Frontiers Research Foundation is launching a program called the Frontiers Prize with the goal of accelerating scientific solutions for healthy lives on a healthy planet. The program will begin in the area of sustainability science by launching the Frontiers Planet Prize for scientific breakthroughs that have the greatest potential to stablize our planet’s ecosystem.

The top three scientists in this international competition will each be awarded a Frontiers Planet Prize of CHF 1 million to support their research.

Scientists who lead a research team and report their breakthrough research during 2021 and 2022 are eligible for the prize. The winning scientists can use the money in any way they choose to accelerate the development of their breakthrough science.

Scientists will be nominated by National Nominating Bodies (NNBs), which will include universities, academies and funding agencies in each country. A Jury of 100 leading sustainability scientists will cast their vote for one national champion in each country that has entered the competition and then vote for the top three international champions.

The criterion for selecting the winners of the Frontiers Planet Prize will be the potential of their scientific breakthrough to be deployed globally to keep the planet’s ecosystem within any one or more of the nine planetary boundaries (see Planetary Boundaries).

National champions will be honored at an awards ceremony in Switzerland in May 2023, at a special session of the Frontiers Forum, “A Sustainable Planet – Pushing the Boundaries of Science.” There, the three international champions will also receive their awards.

The Awarding Process

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Prizes

The Frontiers Planet Prize is for international science
champions.

Scientists in any country that makes a trail blazing breakthrough in the year of the award, are eligible.

No direct applications to the Foundation are accepted. Nominations can only be made by invited nominating bodies in each country that are invited by the Foundation. An independent Jury of 100 leading sustainability scientists, chaired by the Earth Commission, will choose national champions in each country and the international champions among the nominees.

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Pioneers

The Frontiers Pioneer Award is for pioneering research on one of the nine planetary boundaries.

Scientists performing critical research to improve the quantification of the nine planetary boundaries are eligible.

No direct applications to the Foundation are accepted. Experts from the Earth Commission and leading sustainability scientists are invited to help the Foundation identify pioneers in strategic areas of research who need urgent support. These awards are made at the sole discretion of the Foundation.

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Partnerships

The Frontiers Partnership Award is for cooperation between organisations on sustainability science.

Foundations or NGOs that have similar goals as the Frontiers Research Foundation are eligible.

No direct applications to the Foundation are accepted. Experts from the Earth Commission and leading sustainability scientists are invited to help the Foundation identify synergistic partnerships. These awards are made at the sole discretion of the Foundation.