Adopted by the Letten Foundation and the Young Academy of Norway on June 23rd 2020, revised by the Letten board on December 6th 2021.

  1. The main purpose of the Letten Prize is to recognise younger researchers’ contributions in the fields of health, evelopment, environment and equality in all aspects of human life. In the spirit of Letten Saugstad, the prize aims to raise public awareness of how research can be used to solve global human development challenges.
  2. The Letten Prize is a collaboration between the Letten Foundation and the Young Academy of Norway:a) The Letten Foundation bears financial responsibility for the prize, and funds:  
  • the award to the prize winner
  • the events in connection with the awarding of the prize
  • administration of the prize, including the project leader/administrator of the Letten Prize.

    b) The Young Academy of Norway bears academic responsibility of the prize and ensures:
  • broad national and international support for the Letten Prize 
  • scientific content at events connected to the awarding of the Letten Prize
  • that members and the chair of the The Letten Prize Committee are appointed based on suggestions from young academies globally

c) The Board of the Letten Prize constitutes of representatives from the boards of the Letten Foundation (LF) and the Young Academy of Norway (AYF). The Board of the Letten Prize approves the Letten Prize Committee and alterations in the committee. The administrator for the Letten Prize will be appointed by The Board of the Letten Foundation.

3. The Letten Prize Committee consists of younger researchers who are recognised experts within the fields of health, development, environment and equality in all aspects of human life. The committee consists of up to seven members, representing at least three continents, be gender balanced and cross-disciplinary.

4. The Letten Prize Committee members are appointed for two year. The chair is appointed for four years. Committee members may be re-appointed once. If a member withdraws during the period of appointment, a new member will be appointed for the remainder of the period. The committee’s working language is English.

5. The Letten Prize Committee shall evaluate candidates, and recommend a winner and runners-up for the prize based on the application criteria. If the Letten Prize Committee does not find a worthy winner one year, the prize shall not be awarded.

6. The Board of the LettenPrize designates a winner on the basis of the recommendation of the Letten Prize Committee. In selecting the final winner, the board will further consider the history of the prize, taking into account that winners over time should represent different fields, geographical spread, as well as gender and ethnic diversity.

7. The statues of the Letten Prize can be amended by the Board of the Letten Prize.

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