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Posted: September 10, 2007

Nomination period for $1m Kavli Prize in nanoscience opens today

(Nanowerk News) The Kavli Prizes will recognize scientists for their seminal advances in three research areas: astrophysics, nanoscience and neuroscience. Consisting of a scroll, medal and cash award of one million dollars, a prize in each of these areas is awarded every two years beginning in 2008. The Kavli Prizes are presented in cooperation with the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research, and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The prizes are awarded at a ceremony in Oslo, Norway Kavli's native country with the President of the Norwegian Academy presiding. A distinguished panel of international scientists will determine recipients.
The nomination period for the prizes start today (Sept. 10) and is open until Dec. 15, 2007. To learn more about the Kavli Prize application process, please go to The prizes will be awarded for the first time in Oslo in September 2008.
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 manifested in the nanometer scale. This includes molecular self-assembly, nanomaterials, nanoscale instrumentation, nanobiotechnology, macromolecular synthesis, molecular mechanics and related topics.
Each of the three prizes will be in the amount of USD 1 million, paid by the Kavli Foundation. In addition, the winners will receive a medallion and diploma. This will bring the prizes up to the level of the Nobel Prizes.
The Norwegian-American Fred Kavli is the founder of the Kavli Foundation. Born in Eresfjord (Møre og Romsdal), Kavli trained as a physicist at the Norwegian Institute of Technology (now part of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology) in Trondheim. In 1956 he emigrated to the US and amassed a considerable fortune from the production of sensors for aviation and other industries. After retiring from business, Kavli established the Kavli Foundation, which has donated nearly USD 100 million to scientific research.
Source: Kavli Foundation
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