Klaus J. Jacobs Awards

In honor of its founder, since 2009, the Jacobs Foundation awards 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.

 

2016 Research Prize

The Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize 2016 went to economist Orazio P. Attanasio for his use of economic models and field experiments to assess and shape early child development programs and policies in low income countries.

2015 Research Prize

The Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize 2015 went to Professor Sarah-Jayne Blakemore of University College London (UCL), UK, for her research on understanding emotional and social brain development during adolescence.

2014 Research Prize

The Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize 2014 went to the Canadian neurobiologist Michael J. Meaney, McGill University, Montreal, Canada, for his research on the mechanisms for how parental care becomes embedded in children’s biology.

2013 Research Prize

The Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize 2013 went to the American economist Greg J. Duncan for his research on the long-term consequences of poverty in early childhood.

2012 Research Prize

The Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize 2012 went to the leading international developmental and clinical psychologist Professor Dante Cicchetti for his research on the resilience of children and the developmental results of difficult life conditions.

2011 Research Prize

The Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize 2011 went to developmental psychologist Professor Michael Tomasello for his evidence-based research showing that already one-year old children can cooperate and help other children.

2010 Research Prize

The Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize 2010 went to Terrie Moffitt und Avshalom Caspi for their research on the interplay between genetic disposition and environmental influences.

2009 Research Prize

The Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize 2009 went to Laurence Steinberg for his immens contribution to improving the life circumstances of young people and their families.

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 Best Practice Prize

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

2015 Best Practice Prize

The Klaus J. Jacobs Best Practice Prize 2015 went to Gesamtschule Unterstrass (a private comprehensive school) in Zurich, Switzerland, for an innovative social emotional learning project adding social competencies to the Swiss curriculum.

2014 Best Practice Prize

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

2013 Best Practice Prize

The Klaus J. Jacobs Best Practice Prize 2013 went to the ELTERN-AG, for its prevention program to support families that have young children and find themselves in particularly difficult circumstances.

2012 Best Practice Prize

The Klaus J. Jacobs Best Practice Prize 2012 went to the Off Road Kids Foundation, Germany, for its nationwide social work, helping young runaways and street children.

2011 Best Practice Prize

The Klaus J. Jacobs Best Practice Prize 2011 was awarded to Christiane Daepp for the development of the concept of the Ideenbüro, helping schoolchildren to take on responsibility, to learn to cooperate and to regard life’s problems as challenges.

2010 Best Practice Prize

The Klaus J. Jacobs Best Practice Prize 2010 was given jointly to the two organizations Opstapje e.V. in Germany and a:primo in Switzerland. They have taken an innovative support model for children and families and successfully adapted it to local conditions in Germany and Switzerland.

2009 Best Practice Prize

The Klaus J. Jacobs Best Practice Prize 2009 went to Father Johann Casutt († 2012) who successfully adapted the Swiss model of vocational training for young people to suit the circumstances of Indonesia.

RESEARCH PRIZE

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.

 

BEST PRACTICE PRIZE Recipients

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.

KLAUS J. JACOBS AWARDS 2016

The Jacobs Foundation has awarded the 2016 Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize and Best Practice Prize honoring outstanding achievements in research and practice in the field of child and youth development. 300 international guests of politics, science, business and culture attended the awards ceremony on December 2, 2016, at the University of Zurich.

Welcome speech – Lavinia Jacobs

Keynote speech – Thierry Tanoh