Inamori Foundation Doubles Annual Kyoto Prize Monetary Awards
The increased monetary awards will be presented for the first time with the 34th annual Kyoto Prizes on November 10 in Kyoto, Japan.
The Inamori Foundation recently announced that it will double the monetary awards that accompany its annual Kyoto Prizes, to nearly $1 million at current exchange rates, in each of the prize’s three annual categories. The increased monetary awards will be presented for the first time with the 34th annual Kyoto Prizes on November 10 in Kyoto, Japan.
The Kyoto Prize is presented each year in three categories: Advanced Technology, Basic Sciences, and Arts and Philosophy. Within each category are four annually rotating fields from which Kyoto Prize laureates are selected. As a result, the Kyoto Prizes recognize achievements within 12 separate fields of endeavor.
Advanced Technology fields include:
- Information science
- Materials science and engineering
- Biotechnology and medical technology
Basic Sciences fields include:
- Biological sciences (evolution, behavior, ecology, environment)
- Life sciences (molecular biology, cell biology, neurobiology)
- Earth and planetary sciences, astronomy and astrophysics
- Mathematical sciences
Arts and Philosophy fields include:
- Thought and ethics
- Theater and cinema
- Arts (painting, sculpture, craft, architecture, photography and design)
In announcing the change, Kazuo Inamori, Ph.D., foundation president, cited the traditional Japanese concept of rita, or altruism, as the virtue he wanted to see embodied in the form of an international award when he created the Kyoto Prize in 1984. “It is my sincere hope, modest though it may be, that the light of the Kyoto Prize, born in Japan’s ancient capital, Kyoto, a place endowed with a rich intellectual and cultural legacy, will play a role in inspiring courage in humankind and offering hope for generations to come,” he said.
For more information, visit www.inamori-f.or.jp/en.