Nominations are now open for those found eligible for participating in the upcoming UNESCO-Russia Mendeleev International Prize in the Basic Sciences, the Lebanese National Commission for UNESCO announced on Monday.
The Prize, which aims at raising awareness about the importance of basic sciences for societies, was created to encourage scientific progress, popularize science, bolster international cooperation, and reward scientific achievements.
It also aims to “promote and honor excellence in the field of basic sciences,” which include physics, chemistry, mathematics, and biology, the Commission said in a statement.
Two winning scientists will each receive the monetary award of $250,000, in addition to a diploma and a gold medal, in the first edition of the annual Prize that will take place later this year.
The winners will be selected based on “breakthrough discoveries, outstanding innovations and avid promotion of the basic sciences which have led to socio-economic transformation at global or regional scale,” according to the Prize’s official webpage.
Nominations for the Prize are accepted online via the dedicated form available here. The deadline for applying is March 15th, 2021.