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2018 Millennium Technology Prize - Call for Nominations

Published on : 17-May-2017

1.     The Millennium Technology Prize is Finland's tribute to innovations for a better life. It promotes disruptive technological innovations and stimulates further cutting-edge research and development for the benefit of millions of people.

2.     The Prize is worth one million euros and it is awarded every two years. The Prize is not intended as a reward for lifetime accomplishments, but for active scientists and innovators at the peak of their career. To date, the Millennium Technology Prize has been awarded to 12 remarkable innovations, including Prof Michael Grätzel's Dye-sensitised solar cells (2010). More information on past winners is available here.  

3.     We are invited to propose the most worthy candidate(s) to receive the 2018 Millennium Technology Prize. The nominator of the Prize Winner will be invited to the prestigious Award Ceremony in Helsinki on May 22, 2018

4.     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.


5.     Judging Process

In delivering the Prize, Technology Academy Finland is dedicated to a rigorous and unbiased judging process by a distinguished International Selection Committee, chaired by Dr. Päivi Törmä. The Selection Committee comprises eight scientists from academia and industry. They are selected for both their eminence and for the wide range of their collective expertise interests, which include life sciences, material technologies, information technology and digitalization, energy and environment. 

6.     Eligibility Criteria

      • Open in all fields of technology except for military technology.
      • Can be awarded to an individual or to a research and development team.
      • Citizens of all nations are eligible.
      • Self-nominations are not accepted.
      • Peer nominations and those submitted by an institute administration are accepted.
      • Please note that the nominator must contact the nominee in advance, and ask for his/her acceptance for the nomination.


7.     Nomination Process

Please submit the nomination material (including the following documents) directly to the Technology Academy Finland by July 31, 2017 via the online nomination portal available at

    • 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. 
    • Letters supporting the nomination (if any)
      Notes -  Please try to keep your attached files smaller than 4 megabytes


8.     We would appreciate if you can inform RSO (attn.: Yao Wei/Yennie) if you intend to nominate any candidates by 15 June 2017. NIL response will be appreciated as well.