Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize – Frequently Asked Questions


Q: Who can nominate a prize candidate and fill in the nomination form?
A: The nomination form should be completed by an academic scholar with expertise in the field, who should be able to comment on the research achievements of the nominee.

Q: Should the nominator be from academia, or could the nominator be from other non-academic institutions?
A: Since the quality of the nomination is what matters, not the nominator him-/herself, nominators do not necessarily need to have an academic affiliation at the time of the nomination.

Q: Can I nominate myself?
A: We do not accept self-nominations.

Nomination material

Q: What is expected from the nomination form? How long should the text be?
A: We suggest keeping the nomination form brief and concise, with each section within the indicated word limit.

Q: Can I submit a support letter? Is there a limit or a recommended number?
A: There is no need for a support letter, but up to 3 support letters are allowed. What we ask you is to ensure that if you do submit more than one letter, they are providing different perspectives. One comprehensive support letter is better than several repetitive ones. Alternatively, you can also have one support letter signed by several nominators.

Q: In which format should I upload the requested documents? What is the maximum file size?
A: Documentation should be uploaded in pdf AND Microsoft Word format. Size should not exceed 50 MB.

Q: Can previous nominations be reconsidered for this year’s Research Prize?
A: Yes, but you will need to nominate them formally again via the form for the year in question.


Q: Who can be nominated?
A: The prize is for individual researchers. The nominee should be a senior researcher with a proven career and still have several years of active work life ahead, so that the prize can support the continuous research of the prize recipient.

Q: Can individuals with no scientific background be nominated?
A: No, the prize is targeted at researchers, even though researchers can have additional affiliation, the prize aims to reward and foster scientific achievements.