Prize Opens Public Nomination

World’s Largest Science Prizes to Be Awarded in Late Fall of 2016 at Silicon Valley Awards Ceremony

SAN FRANCISCO, March 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — The Breakthrough Prize has opened the public nomination period for its 2017 prizes in Fundamental Physics, Life Sciences and Mathematics. Prizes will be presented in the late fall of 2016 at a globally televised, gala awards ceremony in Silicon Valley.

Nominations can be submitted online through May 31, 2016. While self-nominations are prohibited, anyone may make a nomination for another person. The nomination form and rules are available at

For the fifth year, the Breakthrough Prize, the world’s largest science prize, will honor top scientists, handing out up to five prizes in Life Sciences, one in Physics and one in Mathematics. One Life Sciences award will be given specifically for work contributing to the understanding of Parkinson’s disease and neurodegenerative disorders. Each prize comes with a $3 million award.

In addition, up to six New Horizons Prizes, each for $100,000, will be awarded to promising early career researchers in the fields of Fundamental Physics and Mathematics.

The Breakthrough Prize hosts a gala awards ceremony to celebrate the laureates’ achievements and to foster broad popular support for scientific endeavors and inspire the next generation of scientists. As part of the schedule, the prize-winners also engage in a program of lectures and discussions at a daylong symposium the day after the ceremony.