• The Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics is given annually for accomplishments in fundamental physics broadly defined, including advances in closely related fields with deep connections to physics. The New Horizons Prize is designated for junior researchers.


  • The Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics – $3 million.
  • New Horizons in Physics Prize – $100,000.


  • The Breakthrough Prize recognizes major achievements, with special attention to recent developments.
  • The New Horizons in Physics Prize is targeted toward junior researchers.
  • There are no age restrictions.
  • A person can receive a prize more than once.
  • The prizes can be shared by any number of people.
  • Government officials as defined in Section 4946(c) of the Code are not eligible to receive the Breakthrough Prize.


  • Anyone can nominate a candidate at the online nominations page during the open nominations period.
  • Self-nominations are not allowed.
  • A valid nomination will have basic biographical information on the nominee and nominator and at least one third-party letter of recommendation.
  • Candidate citations (up to 10) from a specified academic publishing database are required.
  • During the nominations period please see the nominations form at

Selection Committee:

  • Past recipients of the prizes are invited to serve on the Selection Committee to select recipients of future prizes.

Special Prize:

  • In exceptional cases a special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics can be awarded at any time, forgoing the nomination process.