ALLEA and Breakthrough Prize share the common goal of promoting a culture where science and scholarship can thrive. With this partnership we seek to encourage everyone in the scientific realm to consider nominating colleagues for the Breakthrough Prize. We know that European science is excellent in most fields and we believe European scientists and their work would benefit tremendously from the exposure and the remuneration they would receive by winning the prize.


About the Breakhthrough Prize

The Breakthrough Prize was established in 2012 and honours outstanding, primarily recent, achievements in the categories of Fundamental Physics, Life Sciences and Mathematics. The Prize includes special categories to honour junior researchers (New Horizons) and lifetime achievements.

The prize was established by Sergey Brin and Anne Wojcicki, Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan, Yuri and Julia Milner, and Jack Ma and Cathy Zhang. Committees of previous laureates choose the winners from candidates nominated in a process that’s online and open to the public.

Laureates receive $3 million each in prize money. They 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. Those that go on to make fresh discoveries remain eligible for future Breakthrough Prizes.

The nominations window for the 2020 Breakthrough Prize is open until 1 April 2019.

 Go to Nominations Page


Breakthrough Prize Categories

Please click on the boxes for more information about the prizes categories, the nomination process and general rules.  


Fundamental Physics Breakthrough Prize



Breakthrough Prize Life Sciences



Mathematics Breakthrough Prize



Breakthrough Prize Nominations



For more information on the prize, previous laureates and the people behind the prize, please click here.