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Nomination Criteria

The Janssen Prize for Creativity in Organic Synthesis is awarded every other year by Janssen Research & Development LLC in conjunction with the Belgian Organic Synthesis Symposium to an organic chemist who has made a significant contribution to the field of organic synthesis. The prize consists of a medal, a citation as well as 20.000 Euros.



Nomination of scientists of public or private universities, government institutions or industry / pharmaceutical companies will be taken into consideration based on the following criteria:

  • Candidates should be under the age of 50 years old when the jury makes its decision.
  • Members of the Prize Jury cannot be candidates, nor can they propose candidates.
  • Candidates cannot be suggested by Janssen employees.
  • The prize cannot be given twice to the same person.



  • Nominations are currently closed
  • Check back in 2023 for information on the nomination process for the 2024 Prize



  • The Janssen Prize Jury is comprised of the President and seven members who are experts in the field of organic chemistry.
  • The President is appointed for six years and cannot be re-elected.
  • Two members of the jury are replaced every other year by two new members, taking into account seniority, diversity and geographical distribution.
  • At least one member of the jury is of Belgian nationality or is employed full time in Belgium.
  • The jury votes by mail. The jury’s award decision will be submitted to the Janssen R&D Discovery Chemistry leadership team, which will approve and formally announce the name of the award winner.


Last updated: September 2021