Michelson Prizes

Supporting the next generation of innovators in human immunology

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The Michelson Prizes: Next Generation Grants are $150,000 research grants given annually to support promising researchers who are applying disruptive concepts and inventive processes to advance human immunology, vaccine discovery, and immunotherapy research for major global diseases.

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2022 round of Michelson Prizes. Due to the volume of applicants, the review process has taken slightly longer than anticipated. Short-listed candidates will be finalized in September, and all candidates will then be notified of their application status. To be notified about the next round of Michelson Prizes, please register here.

The committee will be looking for research aimed at tackling the current roadblocks that exist in human vaccine development and expanding our limited understanding of key immune processes that are fundamental to successful vaccine and immunotherapy development. The Michelson Prizes are awarding research that is highly innovative and impactful, with the potential to be applied across many diseases.

While the Michelson Prizes are focused on research in the fields of immunology, vaccine and immunotherapy discovery, applicants from the full spectrum of related disciplines, including clinical research, biochemistry, molecular biology, protein engineering, computer science, artificial intelligence/machine learning, biophysics, nanotechnology, etc., are encouraged to apply.

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Michelson Prize Winners

Nicholas Wu
Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, University of Illinois

2021

Rong Ma
Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow, Emory University

2021

Camila Consiglio
Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Researcher, Karolinska InstituteT

2021

Michael Birnbaum
Ph.D.

DEPARTMENT OF MEDICAL
ENGINEERING, MIT

2020

Danika Hill
Ph.D.

MONASH UNIVERSITY
AUSTRALIA, MELBOURNE

2020

Kamal Mandal
Ph.D.

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA,
SAN FRANCISCO

2019

Murad Mamedov
Ph.D.

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA,
SAN FRANCISCO

2019

Avinash Das Sahu
Ph.D.

DANA-FARBER CANCER
INSTITUTE

2019

Laura Mackay
Ph.D.

THE PETER DOHERTY
INSTITUTE

2018

Ansuman Satpathy
M.D., Ph.D.

STANFORD UNIVERSITY
SCHOOL OF MEDICINEO

2018

Patricia Therese Illing
Ph.D.

MONASH UNIVERSITY

2018

Watch last year’s winners explain how their research made an essential scientific contribution: