• The Breakthrough Prizes in Life Sciences are given annually for accomplishments in life sciences broadly defined.


  • Up to four annual Breakthrough Prizes in Life Sciences – $3 million each.


  • All prizes are individual and should recognize a single person’s contribution to the field of life sciences, with special attention to recent developments.
  • There are no age restrictions.
  • A person can receive a prize more than once.


  • 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.