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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.

2014 Research Prize

Neurobiologist Michael Meaney, a McGill University professor and a senior fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, receives the 2014 Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize in recognition of his ground-breaking achievements in child and youth development. More

2014 Best Practice Prize

The Serenity Harm Reduction Programme Zambia is awarded the 2014 Klaus J. Jacobs Best Practice Prize for its evidence-based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to address severe needs of trauma affected children and their families in Zambia. More