Technology Academy Finland (TAF), organizer of the Millennium Technology Prize, calls for universities, research institutes and industrial organizations around the world to nominate candidates for the 2016 Millennium Technology Prize by 31 July 2015 at the latest.
The prize is open to all fields of technology and citizens of all nationalities. The nominee can be an individual researcher or a research group.
Awarded every two years, the one million euro Millennium Technology Prize is one of the largest technology prizes in the world. It was awarded for the first time in 2004.
The Prize is awarded for disruptive technological innovations that help solve the great challenges of mankind and promote sustainable growth. A winning innovation must have a track record of practical applications and must accelerate further research.
The winners are leading researchers in their fields, typically at an active stage in their career. Two winners of the Millennium Technology Prize have subsequently been awarded the Nobel Prize: Shuji Nakamura, who was awarded the Millennium Technology Prize back in 2006 for inventing the blue and white LEDs, received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2014, and Shinya Yamanaka, a stem cell researcher and the 2012 Millennium Technology Prize winner, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 2012.
“Awarded now for the seventh time, the Millennium Technology Prize has proved to be a trailblazer in technology awards. The prize has given the winning innovations global visibility and the attention of the science community, and has thereby supported the development of new solutions to the great challenges of mankind” says Juha Ylä-Jääski, D.Sc. (Tech.), President and CEO of Technology Academy Finland.
Nominations for the Prize are screened and evaluated by an independent International Selection Committee composed of leading researchers representing different scientific disciplines and geographic areas. A key criterion in the evaluation process is that the innovation has proved to be beneficial to a large part of humankind and that it promotes sustainable growth.
After a thorough evaluation process, the Committee makes its recommendation on the winner to the Board of Technology Academy Finland, which selects the winner.
The International Selection Committee has eight members, and is always chaired by a Finnish member. A minimum of two members change in every prize round. The maximum term of a member is four rounds, or eight years.
Professor Jarl-Thure Eriksson, Finland, Chairman of the Committee
Professor Jaakko Astola, Finland
Dr. Craig R. Barrett, USA
Dr. Hans-Joachim Freund, Germany
Academician Riitta Hari, Finland
Professor Sir Peter Knight, UK
Research Professor Merja Penttilä, Finland
Dr. Ayao Tsuge, Japan
Dr. Juha Ylä-Jääski, Finland, Secretary of the Committee
Juha Ylä-Jääski, President and CEO, Technology Academy Finland, tel. +358 40 903 0606
Niina Suhonen, Head of Communications & Marketing, Technology Academy Finland,
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Nomination criteria and documents can be found online at www.millenniumprize.fi/cfn.
The nomination documents must be in English and be submitted to Technology Academy Finland by 31 July 2015 to www.millenniumprize.fi/cfn.
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