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Frontiers Planet Prize

Opportunity NameFrontiers Planet Prize
AgencyFrontiers Research Foundation
Value1 million Swiss Francs
Indirect CostsIneligible
Application due to FSc RO at for full review10-03-2023
Application and fully signed ORS checklist due to FSc RO at for mandatory review10-11-2023
Final application and fully signed ORS checklist due at SIRI for mandatory review10-18-2023
Application due at agency 11-01-2023

The goal of the Frontiers Planet Prize is to mobilize the scientific community to speed up the search for planetary solutions. 

Selection criteria are: 

  • Scalable Solution: The research advances insights, approaches and scalable solutions for humanity’s ability to navigate a world that develops within the safe operating space of the planetary boundaries.  
  • Breakthrough Application: The research has the potential for breakthrough applications that can reduce or reverse the planetary imbalances. 
  • Planetary Boundaries: The research must explicitly connect several planetary boundaries at the Earth system scale. 
  • Boundary Interaction: Research that explores interactions/relations between multiple planetary boundaries will be prioritized. 

  • The Frontiers Planet Prize will be awarded to the best research published in established peer-reviewed scientific journals, with robust peer review and transparent publication procedures.  
  • The acceptance date of the article must fall within the 2 years prior to the launch of the competition (date of acceptance: 1 November 2021 to 31 October 2023).   
  • Scientific excellence is the default principle to participate in the Frontiers Planet Prize.  
  • The competition is open to all disciplines, including social sciences, on the condition it is focused on planetary boundaries and offers new insights that help to reduce the destabilization of the Earth system.   
  • Nominees should be the lead scientist on the published article who best represents the research team.

How to Apply

York University, as a registered national nominating body, may put forward up to 3 nominations to the national representative body, the National Research Council (NRC). The NRC will assess and select 3 nominations to go forward as the shortlisted candidates to represent Canada. An international Jury will first assess nominations and select National Champions, and then select 3 International Champions from among the National Champions cohort. 

To be considered as one of York University’s nominees, interested scientists must complete the attached nomination form and submit it along with the relevant research articles to Abby Vogus, Strategic & Institutional Research Initiatives (SIRI) Specialist (, no later than October 18, 2023.

York University researchers are reminded that all applications for external research funding, including Letters of Intent, must be reviewed and approved by the Office of Research Services before they are submitted to the granting agency.  For internal approval, the application must be accompanied by a completed ORS Checklist, which requires the Dean’s signature.  Please send the complete application, with the finalized budget and a completed ORS checklist to, five days prior to agency deadline.

ORS is accepting electronic applications – the process is outlined here.

For specific questions, please contact FSc Research Services at