Jacobs Foundation: The Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize 2021

About Jacobs Foundation

The Jacobs Foundation is one of the world’s leading charitable foundations dedicated to facilitating innovations for children and youth. The Foundation was established in 1989 by Klaus J. Jacobs and his family in an effort to benefit future generations by providing young people with better opportunities for development. The Jacobs Foundation supports research and intervention of the highest quality leading to significant and vital outcomes for children and youth worldwide. The foundation promotes public dialogue by connecting people from the fields of science, policy, society and economy, creating platforms for discussion and raising awareness for the needs and opportunities to improve the living conditions of next generations. 

About the Prize 

The Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize awards outstanding scientific contributions of individuals from all scholarly disciplines aiming at improving learning, development, and living conditions of children and youth. This includes, but is not limited to, educational sciences, psychology, economics, sociology, family studies, media studies, political sciences, linguistics, neurosciences, computer sciences, and medical sciences.

Experts in research on learning, children, and youth worldwide are now invited to nominate candidates for the 2021 Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize. The Prize awards outstanding scientific contributions of individuals from all scholarly disciplines aiming to improve learning, development, and living conditions of children and youth. This includes, but is not limited to, educational sciences, psychology, economics, sociology, family studies, media studies, political sciences, linguistics, neurosciences, computer sciences, and medical sciences.

The prize is endowed with 1 Mio. Swiss Francs, and the laureate is chosen from the pool of nominated candidates by a jury of internationally renowned scientists. Nominations close on 14 March 2021.

Learn more about the nomination process

The Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize is awarded every other year in odd-numbered years. In even years, the Jacobs Foundation bestows a Best Practice Prize rewarding exceptional commitment of institutions or individuals who put into practice innovative solutions in the fields of learning and of child and youth development.