The Kavli Prize recognizes scientists for their seminal advances in three research areas: astrophysics, nanoscience and neuroscience. The Kavli Prize consists of USD 1,000,000 in each of the scientific fields. In addition to the prize money the laureates receive a scroll and a gold medal.
The Kavli Prize is awarded every second year by The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters at a ceremony in Oslo, Norway.
The Kavli Prize was established to:
- Recognise outstanding scientific research
- Honour highly creative scientists
- Promote public understanding of scientists and their work
- Foster international cooperation among scientists
The agreement to establish the Kavli Prize was signed in 2005 by the founder of The Kavli Foundation, Fred Kavli, Kristin Clemet, Norwegian Minister of Education and Research and Jan Fridthjof Bernt, President of The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. The Kavli Prize was awarded for the first time in 2008.
The 2016 Kavli Prize laureates at the audience with HRH Crown Prince Haakon (from left to right): Rainer Weiss, Kip S. Thorne, Carla J. Shatz, Eve Marder, HRH Crown Prince Haakon, Michael M. Merzenich, Gerd Binnig, Calvin Quate and Christoph Gerber. Photo: Thomas Brun, NTB Scanpix