2016 Millennium Technology Prize nominations due July 31

The Millennium Technology Prize is Finland’s tribute to innovations for a better life. The aims of the prize are to promote technological research and Finland as a high-tech Nordic welfare state.

General principles of the Millennium Technology Prize:

  • Awarded to groundbreaking technological innovations that enhance the quality of people’s lives in a sustainable manner.
  • The innovations have been applied in practice and are delivering extensive change now and in the future.
  • The innovations stimulate further cutting edge research and development in science and technology.

Secondly, as the Millennium Technology Prize is designed to encourage further cutting-edge research and development, it is not intended as a reward for lifetime achievement.

The prize is awarded every second year. Nominations for the prize can be made by academies, universities, research institutes and companies. Candidates are sought from across the world and all fields of technology (excl. military technology).

The Millennium Technology Prize is awarded by Technology Academy Finland (TAF), an independent foundation, established by Finnish industry and the Finnish state in partnership.

The prize is worth 1 million euros.

Nomination Period

Nominations for the 2016 Millennium Technology Prize must be sent to Technology Academy Finland by 31 July 2015 by filling out this form and clicking the Send nomination button at the end of this page.

Please note that you cannot edit the nomination afterwards. Supporting letters and other supporting material may be sent later, until the end of the nomination period.

The Millennium Technology Prize can be awarded to a single individual or to a research and development team. It can also be shared between two or three individuals who are shown to have made a critical contribution of essentially equal merit to the success of the innovation. Citizens of all nations are eligible.

Please note that the nominator must contact the nominee in advance, and ask for his/her acceptance for the nomination.


Science and engineering academies, universities, research institutes, industrial enterprises and associations may submit nominations for the Millennium Technology Prize. Self nominations are not accepted. All qualifying nominations are valid for a single selection round. We welcome both peer nominations and those submitted by an institute administration.


For specific guidelines and enquiries regarding the submission of nominations, please contact D.Sc. (Tech.) Juha Ylä-Jääski, President and CEO of Technology Academy Finland at

Nomination documents

All nomination material must be presented in English. In case you wish to nominate two or more persons for the same innovation, please send a separate nomination for each nominee. Any attached file that is common to several nominees must only be sent once.

A nomination must include the following documents:

Nominee’s Curriculum Vitae

A concise separate CV must be supplied for each nominee. The CV may contain links to more detailed information on the nominee.

Nomination Letter

The Nomination Letter should include a concise description of the cited innovation and the underlying technology, an assessment of the present and future impact of the innovation, as well as identification of the role of each nominee in the innovation process. The Nomination Letter may also include links to more detailed information on the innovation.

Supporting Letters (Optional)

Letters supporting the nomination may be provided but are not compulsory.

Technical note

Please try to keep your attached files smaller than 4 megabytes