UNESCO-Russia Mendeleev International Prize in the Basic Sciences 2022 Up to $250,000

Applications are open for the UNESCO-Russia Mendeleev International Prize in the Basic Sciences 2022. The UNESCO-Russia Mendeleev International Prize in the Basic Sciences was created to foster scientific progress, science popularization and international cooperation in the basic sciences.

Deadline: March 15, 2022.

It also commemorates the remarkable scientific heritage of D. I. Mendeleev, father of the Periodic Table, who’s work played a fundamental role in the future of chemistry, physics, biology, astronomy and geochemistry – but also in what is now termed sustainable development.

It is awarded annually to two individual award-winners for their breakthrough discoveries, outstanding innovations and avid promotion of the basic sciences, driving or with potential to drive in the future, socio-economic transformation and development of human societies.


  • The Prize consists of a monetary reward of $250,000 for each of the two winners.
  • A gold medal and a diploma are given to each of the recipients.


  • The Prize is awarded to candidates whose scientific achievements are conducive to socio-economic transformation and impact development on a regional or global scale, based on:
  • Excellence in research in the fields of basic sciences;
  • Basic sciences education and popularization;
  • International or regional cooperation in the basic sciences.
  • There is no age limit for the candidates.
  • Candidatures of women scientists are encouraged.


  • The nominations can be submitted by the following entities:
  • Governments of Member States, in consultation with their National Commissions
  • Non-governmental organizations maintaining official partnerships with UNESCO and active in relevant fields covered by the Prize
  • UNESCO Chairs
  • Category 2 Centres
  • International scientific unions
  • Universities
No self-nomination shall be considered.


Nominations can only be submitted electronically through an online dedicated template. The call for nominations is open until March 15, 2022.
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