Call for Nominations: 2016 Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize

Deadline for Submission: 15 March 2016

The Jacobs Foundation is seeking nominations for the 2016 Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize. The prize awards outstanding scientific contributions of individuals from all scholarly disciplines aiming at improving the development and living conditions of children and youth or contributing to one of the Jacobs Foundation’s thematic priorities. This includes, but is not limited to, educational sciences, psychology, economics, sociology, family studies, media studies, political sciences, linguistics, neurosciences, and medical sciences.

The prize is endowed with 1 Mio. Swiss Francs, of which 900’000 Swiss Francs are for use in a research project and 100’000 Swiss Francs are for related costs, such as travel, networking, and dissemination. The prize has a global scope. It addresses scholars who have achieved major breakthroughs in understanding child and youth development and have the potential to advance the field by actively conducting research.Self-nominations cannot be accepted.

An international jury will choose the laureate from the pool of nominated candidates. The following individuals currently form the jury:

  • Professor Jürgen Baumert, Max Planck Institute for Human Development Berlin, Germany
  • Professor Dorret I. Boomsma, VU University, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Professor Jere R. Behrman, University of Pennsylvania, USA
  • Professor Francesco C. Billari, Oxford University, UK
  • Professor Uta Frith, University College London, UK
  • Professor Kathleen Kiernan, University of York, UK
  • Professor Terrie E. Moffitt, Duke University and King’s College London, USA and UK

All documents pertaining to the nomination should be submitted online by 15 March 2016. To begin the online submission process, please visit

Detailed information can be found at Jacobs Foundation Research Prize.

If you have any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact the responsible program manager Gelgia Fetz (