Future Insight Prize
Stimulating scientific and technological progress in the areas of health, nutrition, and energy.
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11 Jul 2023
Future Insight prize award ceremony 2023
The Future Insight prize stimulates innovative solutions to solve some of humanities greatest problems and realize the dreams for a better tomorrow. The 2023 topic is the Pandemic early alert system.
REALIZING THE DREAMS FOR A BETTER TOMORROW
At the occasion of our 350th anniversary, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany launched the Future Insight™ prize to stimulate innovative solutions to solve some of humanities greatest problems and to realize the dreams for a better tomorrow in the areas of health, nutrition and energy. The Future Insight™ prize will put the vision for ambitious dream products of global importance for humankind into the world and will trigger curiosity and creativity worldwide on how to make this vision a reality. We intend to give out up to EUR 1,000,000 annually for 35 years to incentivize people whose work has enabled significant progress towards making this vision a reality via discovering new ground-breaking science or via development of enabling technologies.
With the Future Insight™ prize, we aim to empower researchers tackling some of humanity’s most pressing global challenges in health, nutrition and energy.
We can make it happen
The Future Insight™ prize puts the vision for ambitious dream products of global importance for humankind into the world and triggers curiosity and creativity on how to make these visions a reality.
The prize will be awarded annually from 2019 onwards to honor outstanding achievements in science & technology towards a ground‐breaking innovation important for the future of humanity in the areas:
- Health - Pandemic protector (2019)
- Health - Multi drug resistance breaker (2020)
- Nutrition - Food generator (2021)
- Energy - CO2 to fuel convertor (2022)
- Health - Pandemic early alert system (2023)
What do you think should be the focus of the Future Insight™ prize topic in the years to come? Send in your proposals at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- A jury comprising experts from all over the world will identify suitable candidates for the Future Insight™ prize
- Additionally, proposals for Future Insight™ prize candidates can be sent to the jury (no self-nominations)
- Amongst all of these candidates, the jury will select the top individuals whom are invited to submit a formal application for the prize
- The jury will evaluate these applications and select the winner of the Future Insight™ prize
- The winner will be publicly announced and present their research at the Future Insight™ conference
The dream product is a pandemic early alert system that constantly monitors circulating bacteria and viruses in all areas of the world with an early warning system for newly emerging pandemics.
Recent prize winners
|2022||Tobias J. Erb||Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology||CO2 to fuel conversion||CO2 conversion|
|2021||Ting Lu||University of Illinois||Equally shared: Food generator||Food generation|
|2021||Steve Techtmann||Michigan Technological University||Equally shared: Food generator||Food generation|
|2020||Stephan Sieber||Technical University Munich||Multi-drug resistance breaker||Multi-drug resistance|
|2019||James Earl Crowe, Jr.||Vanderbilt University Medical Center||Equally shared: Pandemic protector||Pandemic protection|
|2019||Pardis Sabeti||The Broad Institute, Inc.||Equally shared: Pandemic protector||Pandemic protection|
2022: Co2 conversion
"Our technology is not providing a single product or process. We rather believe that our synthetic biological approaches have a transformative character that will allow us to design different tailor-made solutions for a sustainable world of tomorrow." Prof. Tobias Erb, Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology, Marburg, Germany.
The 2022 Future InsightTM prize was handed over at the Curious2022 - Future InsightTM conference. Browse impressions of this 3 day event in the conference media library. Here you also find award lectures of previous awardees.
The Future Insight prize builds a network of innovators to enable the dreams for a better tomorrow.
“The Future Insight prize is great because it sets a grand challenge and seeks a solution to societies greatest future needs.” Prof. Dr. Daniel Nocera - Harvard University
"The Future Insight prize is great because it will foster scientific innovation in areas critical to humanity's future.“ Professor Martin Jonikas - Princeton University
“The Future Insight prize in pandemic protection is great because it is a clear expression of commitment to society and global health.” Dr. Sir Michael Jacobs – Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust
"The Future Insight prize is great because it shows a 350-year old company is thinking about the next 350 years.” Isha Datar – CEO New Harvest
Future Insight Prize Jury
|Ada Jonath||Weizmann Institute of Science||Lamia Messari-Becker||Universität Siegen|
|Alessandro Donato||European Space Agency||Linda Hill||Harvard Business School|
|Angela Belcher||Massachusetts Institute of Technology||Lolke Sijtsma||University of Wageningen|
|Aysa Rolls||Technion - Israel Institute of Technology||Máire Connolly||National University of Ireland Galway|
|Anthony Atala||Wake Forest School of Medicine||Manfred Weck||RWTH Aachen|
|Belén Garijo||Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany||Martin Jonikas||Princeton University|
|Benjamin List||Max-Planck-Institute for Coal Research||Mary Voytek||NASA|
|Brian K Kobilka||Stanford University||Matt Rosseinsky||University of Liverpool|
|Burkhard Becher||University of Zurich||Michael Jacobs||Royal Free London NH|
|Camille Delebecque||Afineur||Michael Obersteiner||Oxford University|
|Caroline Dive||Cancer Research UK||Moritz Helmstädter||MPI for Brain Research|
|Catherine Havasi||MIT Media Lab||Murray S. Campbell||IBM|
|Chihaya Adachi||Kyushu University||Nadia Tornieporth||Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations|
|Christina Smolke||Stanford University||Nancy Cox||Vanderbilt University|
|Christopher Milne||Tufts||Naom Slonim||IBM|
|Clifford P. Kubiak||UC San Diego||Neil Hausmann||Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation|
|Daniel Bausch||London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine||Nicholas Donofrio||IBM|
|Daniel Zajfman||Weizmann Institute of Science||Omar Yaghi||UC Berkeley|
|David Bloom||Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health||Orla Smith||Science / AAAS|
|David Solit||Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center||Otmar Wiestler||Helmholtz Association|
|Dean Radin||California Institute of Integral Studies||Pardis Sabeti||Broad Institute|
|Deborah O‘Neil||Novabiotics||Peidong Yang||UC Berkeley|
|Don Cleveland||UC San Diego||Peter Hotez||Baylor College of Medicine|
|Esther Ngumbi||University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign||Peter Piot||The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine|
|Ernst-Ludwig Winnacker||Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich||Rafi Ahmed||Emory University|
|George Church||Harvard University||Robert Huber||Max-Planck-Institute for Biochemistry|
|George P. Smith||Catholic University of America||Ron Fouchier||Erasmus University|
|Gerald Haug||Leopoldina, German National Academy of Sciences||Ross Maclean||Precision Value & Health|
|Gordon J. Freedman||Dana-Farber Cancer Insistute||Rudi Balling||University of Luxembourg|
|Hans-Dieter Klenk||Institute of Virology, Marburg||Scott Spangler||IBM|
|Hans-Joachim Zeiler||Creative Therapeutics||Segenet Kelemu||ICIPE, Kenya|
|Harald Seifert||University of Cologne||Shinichi Akaike||NISTEP, Japan|
|Helmut Schwarz||TU Berlin||Shyam Sankar||Palantir Technologies|
|Isha Datar||New Harvest||Stephan Sieber||Technical University Munich|
|Jake Yeston||AAAS / Science||Stephen Techtmann||Michigan Technological University|
|Joe Quirk||The Seasteading Institute||Steve Jackson||University of Cambridge|
|Johann-Dietrich Wörner||National Academy of Science and Engineering, acatech||Stewart Cole||École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne|
|James E. Crowe||Vanderbilt Medical Center||Subhanu Saxena||New Rhein Foundation|
|Jaquelyn Francis||The Global Warming Mitigation Project||Thomas Südhof||Stanford University|
|Jarryd Pla||University of New South Wales||Tim Appenzeller||Science / AAAS|
|Jef Boeke||NYU Langone Health||Ting Lu||University of Illinois|
|Jean-Marie Lehn||College de France||Tobias Erb||MPI for Terrestrial Microbiology|
|Jeremy Nicholson||Murdoch University||Toby Bloom||New York Genome Center|
|Joachim Frank||Columbia University||Tom Knight||Ginkgo Bioworks|
|Joao Monteiro||Nature Medicine||Ulrich Betz||Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany|
|John Gyapong||University of Health & Allied Sciences||Ulrich Hartl||MPI of Biochemistry|
|Jörg Tremmel||Foundation for the rights of future generations||Ulrich Wiesner||Cornell University|
|Kara Bren||University of Rochester||Valorie Aquino||March for Science|
||Massachusetts Institute of Technology|
All winners of the Future Insight prize after being awarded are invited to join the jury for subsequent years.