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WLA Prize FAQs

Please see below for answers to frequently asked questions about the WLA Prize. If you still have any further questions, please contact us at:

1. What are the prize categories? Will there be more added in the future?

The 2023 WLA Prize recognizes excellence in two distinct categories— "Computer Science or Mathematics" and "Life Science or Medicine."
The WLA Prize Management Committee may consider adding additional prize categories in the future to fulfill its mission — support global science and technology advancement, address the challenges to mankind, and promote the long-term progress of society.

2. What will laureates receive?

Each single prize contains a cash prize of RMB 10 million, a certificate per laureate, and a medal per laureate.

3. When will the laureates be announced?

Each year, the WLA Prize Management Committee will announce the laureates before the WLA Forum. The 2023 WLA Prize laureates will be unveiled in early August or late September.

4. What is the nomination deadline?

Nominations for the 2023 WLA Prize will close on 24:00 June 15, 2023, Beijing Time (GMT+8), subject to the receipt time on the official website.

5. What are the conditions for receiving the Prize?

-As a Prize recipient, the awardee should agree to maintain the confidentiality of the Prize decision until the public announcement and keep all the Prize-related documents confidential.
-The awardee(s) is expected to be present and receive the Prize in Shanghai.
-The awardee(s) will make a presentation on the work for which the Prize has been awarded and share the research path that led to their accomplishment.
-The awardee(s) shouldactively participate in keynote speeches, forums, and other events held by the WLA and
its Foundation.

1. Who is eligible to be a nominator for the WLA Prize?

We welcome all nominations, and our Prize is open to all. The 2023 WLA Prize accepts nominations from both invited and non-invited nominators. 

The Secretariat will invite respected figures, professionals, well-established research institutions, and organizations in related fields to submit nominations.
Self-nomination and nominations from family members will not be considered.

2. Is the Prize nominator only open to individuals?

Yes. Nominators of the 2023 WLA Prize should be individuals. A nominator is needed if an organization/institution/department/company wants to submit a nomination. It is suggested that the organization/institution/department/company find a suitable nominator to submit the nomination.


3. Can I submit a nomination if I do not receive an invitation from the Prize?

Yes, you can. You don't need to be invited to submit a nomination. Remember to prepare all necessary nomination documents as required and submit your nomination before the deadline.


4. What other roles are expected from a qualified nominator?

Nominate the outstanding nominee(s) that fit the WLA Prize's objective, criteria, and principle;

-Provide authentic and reliable nomination material (written in English) as required;
-Avoid contacting the nominee before the laureate announcement;
-Provide additional information or clarification as requested by the WLA Prize Secretariat, if any.

1. Who is eligible to be nominated?

The nominee must: 

-be widely recognized for their scientific excellence by the international scientific community; 
-work in fields or disciplines of the two prize categories — computer science or mathematics, life science or medicine.
-not be a previous winner of the Nobel Prize, the Lasker Award, the Gairdner International Prize, the Breakthrough Prize, the Turing Award, or the Abel Prize.
There are no age or nationality limitations.

2. Can I nominate two or more people together?

Yes. Up to 4 individuals can be co-nominated for their work individually or collectively contributed to a discovery/breakthrough/achievement/idea/area. If you wish to nominate more than one individual at the same time, please choose "Nominate a group of individuals (Co-Nomination)," and submit the nomination materials requested for each co-nominee.

3. Who are eligible to be co-nominees?

Co-nomination allows the nominator to put together a group of individuals who may individually or collectively contribute to a discovery/breakthrough/achievement/idea/area. The co-nominees may come from the same or different organizations, i.e., they don't have to work together, but their accomplishments should be individually prize-worthy.

4. Should I contact the nominee to make sure that they will not be nominated multiple times by other people?

No, you should not. Nominators should avoid contacting their nominees before the official laureate announcement. 

1. What are the key achievements of nominees?

-the nominee's outstanding contribution to the advancement of science;

-the impact of the nominee's research on the current state of the relevant scientific field (number, quality, and impact of publications, conference presentations, patents, etc.);
-the recognition of the nominee by peers within their discipline through publications;
-the recognition of the nominee's commitments to education, teaching activities, mentoring and/or to science more broadly;
-the selection scope for mathematics is preferred in applied mathematics.

2. How can I submit a nomination for the 2023 WLA Prize?

You can submit your nomination for the 2023 WLA Prize via our official Nomination Portal . 


3. What materials should I prepare before submitting the nomination?

A nomination for the 2023 WLA Prize must include: 
-a) a CV of the nominator
-b) a CV per nominee
-c) 3-5 supporting letters per nomination
-d) up to 10 publications per individual nomination or up to 20 publications per co-nomination (DOIs preferable)
-e) other additional documents (to assist the evaluation)

4. What if my nominee has more than one profile page that are equally important?

You can use a semicolon (;) to separate different profile pages.

5. Can a supporter write supporting letters for more than one nominee?

Yes. Please note that we accept only one supporting letter per nominee from the same supporter.


6. Please clarify the requirement stated in the Nomination Form regarding the submission of “a minimum of three and a maximum of five supporting letters.”

Nominators should submit 3-5 supporting letters per nomination (individual or co-nomination), including a minimum of 3 supporting letters (required). These letters play an important role in assisting us in knowing and evaluating the nominee(s). Each co-nominee under a co-nomination must be included in at least one supporting letter. Meanwhile, if additional information or clarification is required, the Secretariat will contact the nominator.

7. Can I ask the supporters to send their supporting letters directly to the Secretariat instead of using the Portal?

No. The 2023 WLA Prize only accepts online nominations through the official portal. Nominators should fill in the online nomination form and upload all the required documents.


8. How many additional materials does a nomination require? What other supporting documents can I submit? Can I upload videos?

Additional materials are supplementary documents/videos/files that assist us in evaluating the nomination, including but not limited to autobiography, patents, letters, pictures, or videos. Please note that you can upload a maximum of 10 PDF documents or provide direct links (of pictures, videos, etc.).


9. How should I name my nomination files?

Files will be named automatically after submission to the Online Nomination Portal.


10. Can I edit my nomination after submitting it?

No, you cannot. Once you have submitted the nomination, you will not be able to edit it. 


11. What should I do if I have questions concerning the nomination form or the process?

If you have any questions during the nomination process, please reach out to us at


12. Will the nomination be valid in the next year?

Nominations are valid for three years after they have been submitted successfully. For instance, your nomination(s) for the 2023 WLA Prize will stay valid until 31/12/2025 without the need of repeated submissions. Your nomination(s) for the 2022 WLA Prize will be automatically submitted for this year's selection. If you want to make edits to your previous nominations for 2022, please use the Online Nomination Portal to resubmit the nomination.


13. Will I get status updates regarding my nomination?

Yes. Your nomination status will be updated and displayed in the "My Nomination" section of the 2023 WLA Prize Nomination Portal. The status updates are "Draft," "Submitted," "Approved," and "Not Approved." Important updates concerning your nomination will be sent to your registered email address. 


14. Is the nomination process confidential?

All nominations, supporting letters, and any other nominating materials that are necessary for WLA Prize selection are kept strictly confidential for 50 years. 


1. How will the Prize Committees investigate and screen the nominations?

Nominations will be first evaluated by the Selection Committee of each single Prize. The shortlisted candidates will then be forwarded to the Awards Committee for a final decision. The final decision will be confirmed and announced by the Management Committee.


2. Will nominators be contacted later on for clarifications, and additional information, after the nomination closes?

If additional information or clarification is required, the Secretariat will contact the nominator. Please be noted that the authorized official email suffix is [].


3. Is there a fee to participate in the WLA Prize nomination and selection?

The WLA Prize nomination is free. If selected, nominees will not be required to pay any fees to receive the Prize.  Should you encounter any suspicious accounts or activities, please get in touch with us immediately (


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