Thursday, March 7, 2013
The $33 million in prize money from the Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences Foundation went to 11 deserving scientists. But it is worth
debating whether, in an age of austerity, there are more efficient ways for the
billionaire backers to put their money to work.
Hans Clevers, a Breakthrough awardee
who is professor of molecular genetics at the Hubrecht Institute and president of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, thinks a key advantage of awards versus grants is
Ultimately, it will be up to the
Breakthrough Prize's selection committee to determine which scientists and what
type of basic research problems should receive dollars.
Baas, T. SciBX 6(9); doi:10.1038/scibx.2013.207 Published online March
Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences Foundation, no location provided
Fundamental Physics Prize Foundation, no location provided
Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Chevy Chase, Md.
Hubrecht Institute, Utrecht, the Netherlands
Inscopix Inc., Palo Alto, Calif.
National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Md.
The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, Seattle, Wash.
The Rockefeller University, New York, N.Y.
Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Wellcome Trust, London, U.K.