The Infosys Prize in each of the six categories shall be awarded to a person who, in the opinion of the jury, has made outstanding contributions - fundamental or applied - in any field of Engineering and Computer Sciences, Humanities, Life Sciences, Mathematical Sciences, Physical Sciences and Social Sciences. The Prize intends to recognize contributions of extraordinary depth and influence in these sciences.
The Prize can be given for an outstanding invention or discovery or for a cumulative body of work.
Preference will be given to recent work (over the last 5 - 10 years), to encourage active researchers conducting contemporary research.
Self-nominations will not be accepted.
Applications received in a particular year will be valid for three cumulative years, including the year of submission. Nominators can update their nomination from one year to the next by reviewing their nomination online.
Prize winners will be selected by the respective jury, and the decision of the jury shall be final.
The trustees of the Infosys Science Foundation shall invite a person of repute in the relevant field to chair the jury for that particular category. The jury chair shall choose other jurors to complete the jury for that specific category. The tenure of the chair shall be five years, and each individual juror shall serve for one year, but can be invited back in a subsequent year by the Chair.
If the jury does not find suitable candidates, the Prize will not be awarded in that year.
The Prize shall consist of a cash award of 65 lakh (Indian Rupees Sixty Five Lakh), a citation certificate and a medallion. The prize money may be subject to taxes as imposed by the Government of India. If a team is selected to win the award, the prize money shall be equally shared by the team members and each individual member of the team shall be awarded a separate citation and medal.
There will be a single winner in a category in all categories unless the Prize is awarded to a group of individuals for joint / shared work. The eligibility criteria of residence and age applicable to individual winners shall apply to each individual in the group.
In cases a team wins the award, the prize money will be equally shared by the joint winners.
The Prize will be awarded once a year.
Nominees should fit the following criteria:
They should be Indian residents (Indian citizens and non-Indians who have been residing in India for at least three years at the time of nomination) who have done world-class work in India.
They should be 50 years of age or less as on October 31, 2018 (born on or after November 1, 1968). However, in exceptional cases, especially for women who have taken a break in their career, the jury may consider candidates up to the age of 55 (born on or after November 1, 1963).
In case no suitable candidate is found from among the nominations, the Jury may nominate a candidate from the following groups of people, in the following order of preference:
The candidate could be a Person of Indian Origin* (not necessarily born in India) who has done world-class work.
The candidate could be of any nationality or origin, resident and working anywhere, who has done world class work in their field.
*For the purpose of this award, a Person of Indian Origin (PIO) is defined as follows: He/she or either of his/her parents or grandparents or great grandparents, was born in and permanently resident in India.