HFSP Nakasone Award

The HFSP Nakasone Award for Frontier Research

2016 HFSP Nakasone Award
Call for Nominations

The deadline for nominations is April 2nd 2015.

Nominations are invited for the 2016 HFSP Nakasone Award.  Nominations must be submitted using the simple nomination form, which can be downloaded HERE.  Instructions are included in the form.

Proposers must provide:

1. The completed nomination form
2. The candidates CV

Nominations are to be submitted by April 2nd 2015 by email to hfspnakasone@hfsp.org

The idea for the establishment of the prestigious HFSP Nakasone Award was proposed in Tokyo in July 2009 during the HFSP 20th anniversary celebrations in the presence of former Prime Minister Nakasone. The award honours the vision of former Prime Minister Nakasone for his efforts to launch a program of support for international collaboration and to foster early career scientists in a global context. Mr. Nakasone presented the idea of HFSP at the G7 economic summit in Venice in 1987 and, after an intense phase of preparation, the International Human Frontier Science Program Organization was established in Strasbourg, France in the autumn of 1989 to implement the Program. Since then it has supported approximately 6000 scientists from 70 countries, 25 of whom have gone on to win the Nobel Prize.

The HFSP Nakasone Award is designed to honour scientists who have undertaken frontier-moving research in biology, encompassing conceptual, experimental or technological breakthroughs. Both senior and junior scientists are eligible and peer-recognised excellence is the major criterion for selection. However the jury will pay particular attention to recent breakthroughs by younger scientists. 

Awardees receive an unrestricted research grant of USD 10,000, a medal and a personalised certificate. The award ceremony will be held at the annual HFSP Awardees Meeting where the awardee will deliver the HFSP Nakasone Lecture. The prize is open to all scientists, not only those who have received funding within the HFSP.

Proposers should take into account the following points when choosing nominees:

Previous Awardees

2015 James Collins from Boston University, USA for his innovative work on synthetic gene networks and programmable cells.

2014 Uri Alon from the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel for his ground-breaking work on network motifs.

2013 Stephen Quake from Stanford University, USA for his pioneering work advancing biological measurement techniques.

2012 Gina Turrigiano from Brandeis University, Waltham, USA for introducing the concept of homeostatic synaptic plasticity.

2011 Michael Elowitz from the California Institute of Technology, USA for his key studies on gene expression noise.

2010 Karl Deisseroth  from Stanford University, USA for his pioneering work on the application of microbial opsins as "optogenetic" tools in neurobiology.