Swiss Science Prize Marcel Benoist: Nomination procedure launched

Bern, 31.01.2023 - The Marcel Benoist Foundation has awarded the Swiss Science Prize Marcel Benoist every year since 1920. This year the prize, which is endowed with CHF 250,000, will be awarded in the field of life sciences. Nominations can be submitted up to 15 March 2023.

The Swiss Science Prize Marcel Benoist is Switzerland's most prestigious research prize. It honours individuals with an outstanding professional career whose research work has originated mainly in Switzerland and has made a significant contribution to scientific knowledge and to society. To date eleven prizewinners have gone on to win the Nobel Prize.

Nobel Laureate Didier Queloz became chair of the Foundation at the beginning of this year. He took over the position from Federal Councillor Guy Parmelin, who continues to support the Foundation: "I am convinced that the prize will gain even more prestige and prominence under Professor Queloz."

The 2022 Marcel Benoist Prize having been awarded in mathematics, natural sciences and engineering, in 2023 renowned personalities in Swiss research can be nominated who are active in the life sciences, i.e. in biology or medicine.

The winners of the Swiss Science Prizes Marcel Benoist and Latsis will receive their awards at a joint award ceremony of the two foundations, which will be held on 30 October 2023 in Bern. The prizewinners will be made known to the public in September.

Nominations to be submitted by 15 March 2023

The Marcel Benoist Foundation has appointed the SNSF to evaluate nominations and to select the prizewinner on behalf of the Foundation Board. Researchers, representatives of higher education institutions, research institutions and other institutions under public or private law may nominate researchers who are resident in Switzerland and work at least 50% at a Swiss research institution. The majority of the relevant research work must have been carried out while working in Switzerland. You will find all nomination information on the website of the Marcel Benoist Foundation.

Nominations can be submitted on the website of the Marcel Benoist Foundation from tomorrow until 15 March:

Address for enquiries

Dr Aurélia Robert-Tissot
Foundation Secretary
058 484 49 41


Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research