Neuron Prizes

Since 2009 we have been awarding Neuron Prizes to first-class scientists who are impacting the state of knowledge in biology, computer science, physics, chemistry, mathematics, medicine and the social sciences.


Neuron Prize for Contribution to World Science

We award the prize to up to three eminent representatives of Czech science operating at home or abroad whose scientific work or discovery has contributed to developing their scientific field, who increase the prestige of the Czech Republic and who are role models and inspiration for whole scientific community. The laureate receives 1,500,000 Czech crowns. The laureate is chosen with cooperation with international scientific panel.

Neuron Prize for Young Talented Scientists

We award the prize to Czech scientists, (they achieve Ph.D. maximum 10 years befor the annual Neuron Prize is launched, considering maternal leave or others relevant causes for interruping the career), who already achieved outstanding scientific results and as encouragement for future work. The prize is accompanied by an individual gift of 500,000 Czech crowns and can be awarded to up to seven laureates.


Specialist in virology

TOMÁŠ CIHLÁŘ | Learn more about the biochemist known for his role in the development of remdesivir Tomáš Cihlář, recent laureate of the 2020 Neuron Prize for Important Scientific Discovery in the field of medicine. He received the prize for lifelong research into the antiviral nucleotide analogs. He is leading a team  of scientists in Gilead working on new substances for the treatment of HIV, viral hepatitis B and other viral diseases.

Father of Epidemiology

KAREL RAŠKA  | Learn more about the epidemiologist Karel Raška, laureate of the 2020 Neuron Prize in memoriam for Lifelong Contribution to Science in the field of medicine. He received the prize for his work and dedication to Czech epidemiology. He was a Director of the WHO Division of Communicable Disease Control. His concept of eliminating the disease was adopted by the WHO and eventually led to the eradication of smallpox in 1977.

2020 Neuron Prizes 

We are living in the time of scientists. And scientists are the right persons to be heard of right now. Neuron Prizes 2020 were special and the ceremony was fully affected by COVIDpandemic situation. In cooperation with the Czech public television - ČT2 we awarded 2 excellent Czech scientists.Tomáš Cihlář for his innovative drug Remdesivir and Karel Raška, in memoriam for his lifelong success in fighting viruses.  

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