International Cosmos Prize


Expo’90 Foundation

Sponsor deadline:

Award Details

The International Cosmos Prize was established in 1993, commemorative Expo’90 in Osaka, Japan. The objective of the Prize is to develop the theme of Expo’90, “The Harmonious Coexistance between Nature and Humankind.”

The prize shall be awarded for outstanding research work and/or achievement concerning all life phenomena on earth embodied in flowers and greenery, which is devoted from a global perspective to the clarification of the true nature of the interrelationship and integration among such life forms. Specifically, the field of activity or research nominated for the prize must address the fundamental need for humankind to learn to live with nature in a constructive, and not a destructive, manner. Such activities are wide ranging and span all aspects of the symbiosis of man and nature. The research or activities should contribute to the promotion of "The Harmonious Coexistence between Nature and Humankind" and meet the following criteria:


  1. The Prize will be awarded for a demonstrably outstanding individual or group contribution, in pure or applied research, in a wide spectrum of activities including the natural and social sciences and the humanities.
  2. It may also be awarded for critical, philosophical, or aesthetic works related to the subject matter of the prize.

Important Requirements

  1. The work nominated should advocate a global outlook, and have a universal significance, even if it pertains to particular regions or phenomena.
  2. It is more important that the contribution open vistas for future intellectual long-term activities than that it seek to solve specific problems now.
  3. The work must be based on appropriate comprehensive and unified methodology.

Winners receive a certificate of merit, a medallion and a monetary prize of 40,000,000 Japanese Yen.

For more information, please contact Stephanie O'Neill, Award Nomination Development Officer (


Previous Award Winners


  • Daniel Pauly (Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries & Department of Zoology)

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