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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 personality 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.

Research Prize 2013

The Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize 2013 honored Professor Greg J. Duncan of the School of Education at the University of California, Irvine. Duncan has spent more than 30 years investigating the impact of poverty on children’s development. His research focuses primarily on issues of income distribution, poverty and child well-being. Trained as an economist, Duncan has always taken an interdisciplinary approach to exploring the complex dynamics of child and youth development, drawing on insights from the fields of economics, psychology, sociology, neuroscience and epidemiology. More

Best Practice Prize 2013

The Klaus J. Jacobs Best Practice Prize 2013 went to Germany’s ELTERN-AG organization. For nearly 10 years, the ELTERN-AG has been offering support to families in difficult circumstances. It began in 2004 as a university-based project in Magdeburg, initiated by Meinrad Armbruster, professor of educational psychology and child and youth therapist, and his students. Today it is a nationwide intervention program that has achieved great success and earned positive evaluations – a course for parents based on the principles of self-help. More