• 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 early-career 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 early-career researchers.
  • There are no age restrictions.
  • Recipients of the New Horizons Prize will generally be no more than 12 years past their PhD. Exceptions will sometimes be made, especially in cases of experimental projects with long lead times.
  • A person can receive a prize more than once.
  • The prizes can be shared by any number of people.


  • 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.