Updated May 06, 2021CLOSED


The John Maddox Prize recognises the work of an individual to promote sound science and evidence on a matter of public interest, facing difficulty or hostility in doing so. The prize advocates for the value of an open and honest environment for societies to discuss scientific evidence.

An initiative of the charity Sense about Science and the scientific journalNatureand now in its tenth year, the John Maddox Prize is awarded to one or two people each year for standing up for sound science in public. An additional award is also made to someone who in the opinion of the judges is at an early stage of their career.

Nominations illustrate a wide variety of circumstances faced by researchers and communicators around the world, and judges consider these in the round. They also consider:

  • The significance of an individual’s effort to advance the discussion of sound science in the public sphere.
  • The nature of the challenge(s) faced by the individual, whether they persevered and whether those challenges were beyond what would be expected in their position.
  • How well they placed the evidence in the wider debate and engaged others.
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CLOSEDJun 14, 2021Deadline
Up to $3,617Amount

Mandatory Requirements

Implemented In:
RegionAfrica, Asia and Pacific, Europe and Eurasia, Latin America / Caribbean, North America, Middle East and North Africa and Low and Middle Income Countries
Focus AreasEducation

Candidates for the John Maddox Prize must be nominated.

This is a global prize: people from anycountry and in any field can be nominated.

Application Directions

Nominations are to take the form of a letter of recommendation and include biographical information on the candidate and a description of the candidate’s work in standing up for science. Permission must be sought from the nominee. If possible, a supporting referee should be included in the nomination form.

If you think the individual is at an early stage in their career then please highlight this on the nomination form as they will be eligible for the additional prize.

Nominations and supporting references must be submitted in English. The individual nominated, the referee, and the nominator may be contacted for more information including references.

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