The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters announces the Call for Nominations for the 2012 Kavli Prize. The Kavli Prize is a partnership between The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, The Kavli Foundation (US) and The Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research. The Kavli Prize recognizes scientists for their seminal advances in three research areas: astrophysics, nanoscience and neuroscience. The Kavli Prize is awarded every second year by The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters at a ceremony in Oslo, Norway. A nomination poster can be downloaded here.
The Kavli Prize in Astrophysics is awarded for outstanding achievement in advancing our knowledge and understanding of the origin, evolution, and properties of the universe, including the fields of cosmology, astrophysics, astronomy, planetary science, solar physics, space science, astrobiology, astronomical and astrophysical instrumentation, and particle astrophysics.
The Kavli Prize in Nanoscience is awarded for outstanding achievement in the science and application of the unique physical, chemical, and biological properties of atomic, molecular, macromolecular, and cellular structures and systems that are manifest in the nanometre scale, including molecular self-assembly, nanomaterials, nanoscale instrumentation, nanobiotechnology, macromolecular synthesis, molecular mechanics, and related topics.
The Kavli Prize in Neuroscience is awarded for outstanding achievement in advancing our knowledge and understanding of the brain and nervous system, including molecular neuroscience, cellular neuroscience, systems neuroscience, neurogenetics, developmental neuroscience, cognitive neuroscience, computational neuroscience, and related facets of the brain and nervous system.
- Each Kavli Prize consists of US $1,000,000, a scroll and a gold medal for each scientific field.
- The nomination process is open to all who wish to nominate candidates, but self-nominations will not be accepted. The prize can be awarded to a single person for profound scientific achievements or shared for closely related fundamental contributions. Deceased persons cannot be nominated.
- The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters appoints the three Prize Committees. The Committees review and recommend the prize winners on basis of the nomination process. The Academy administers the selection process and announces the prize winners.
- All information, both written and verbal related to the identification and selection of the prize winners is held in the strictest confidence. Records of the deliberations and other confidential activities of the prize committees, both paper and electronic, is sealed and archived by the Norwegian Academy and not made available to the public for 50 years.