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In honor of its founder, the Jacobs Foundation has since 2009 awarded two annual prizes for exceptional achievements in research and practice in the field of child and youth development:

The Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize rewards scientific work of high social relevance to the development of children and young people. It is of great importance to the Jacobs Foundation that scientific findings from interdisciplinary research should be applied in practice. The Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize is endowed with one million Swiss francs.

The Klaus J. Jacobs Best Practice Prize rewards the exceptional commitment of institutions or individuals who put into practice innovative solutions in the field of child and youth development. It is endowed with 200,000 Swiss francs.

2016 Research Prize

Economist Professor Orazio P. Attanasio receives the 2016 Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize for his use of economic models and field experiments to assess and shape early child development programs and policies in low income countries. More

2016 Best Practice Prize

The 2016 Klaus J. Jacobs Best Practice Prize is awarded to ICS-SP in Nairobi, Kenya for their unique approach combining agribusiness with skilful parenting in East Africa aimed at improving early childhood development, parenting and agricultural practices in rural areas. More