The Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize, worth one million Swiss francs, acknowledges scientific work of high social relevance to the development of children and young people. The Jacobs Foundation attaches great importance to scientific findings from interdisciplinary research which can yield practical applications.
An expert jury that is comprised exclusively of internationally recognized scientists elects each year the recipient of the Research Prize after a multi-stage selection process.

Prof. Terrie E. Moffitt, Ph.D.

Nannerl O. Keohane University Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Duke University, USA and Professor of Social Behavior and Development at Kings College London, United Kingdom.

Prof. Jürgen Baumert
Jury Member

Director Emeritus at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development Berlin, Germany.

Prof. Jere R. Behrman, Ph.D.
Jury Member

William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Economics and Sociology, Population Studies Center Research Associate at the University of Pennsylvania, USA.

Prof. Francesco C. Billari, Ph.D.
Jury Member

Professor of Demography and Dean of the Faculty, Bocconi University, Milan, Italy.

Prof. Dorret I. Boomsma, Ph.D.
Jury Member

Professor of Biological Psychology at the Department of Biological Psychology of the VU University, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Prof. Uta Frith, Ph.D.
Jury Member

Professor Emeritus at the University College London, United Kingdom.

Prof. Kathleen Kiernan, Ph.D.
Jury Member

Professor of Social Policy and Demography and Chair of the Departmental Research Committee at the University of York, United Kingdom.

Prof. Michael Shanahan, Ph.D.
Jury Member

Professor of Sociology, Director Jacobs Center, Zurich University.

Previous Jury Members

Professor Albert Bandura, Stanford University, USA2009-2014
Professor Monique Boekaerts, Leiden University, Netherlands2009-2014
Professor W. Thomas Boyce, University of California, San Francisco, USA 2012-2014
Professor Jeanne Brooks-Gunn, Columbia University, USA2009-2011
Professor Meinrad Paul Perrez, University of Fribourg, Switzerland2009-2014
Professor Anne C. Petersen, University of Michigan, USA2009-2015
Professor Rainer K. Silbereisen, Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany2009-2014
Professor William Julius Wilson, Harvard University, USA2009-2011