The Honda Prize is an international award that acknowledges the efforts of an individual or group who contribute new ideas which may lead the next generation in the field of ecotechnology. The Honda Foundation has given one award every year for a variety of research results.
The Honda Prize does not merely consider scientific and technological achievements from the viewpoint of new discoveries and inventions; it also takes into account entire processes that would bring out, apply, or share new frontiers in ecotechnology and a broad range of related scientific fields. Supporting top runners in science and technology who have created new value is our first step towards helping to solve the problems we are directly faced with. From this point of view, we at the Foundation want to put a spotlight on achievements in a variety of fields based on a wide perspective in the future.
The diploma symbolizes a balance between traditional Japanese craft and modern technology. The base is covered with Saga brocade, a fine example of Japanese traditional handcraft, and it is mounted on traditional handmade Japanese paper embedded with Japanese maple leaves.
This design aims to convey the Japanese origin of the Honda Prize, and the message that no matter how much technology advances, the minds and hands of people are at its core.
10 million yen
The circle at the center of the design symbolizes Japan, and at the same time represents the perfection of new technology. The material is gold plate on a pure silver base, another example of modern technology.
2016 Honda Prize Laureate
Dr. Akira Isogai
Professor of the Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences at The University of Tokyo
Dr. Hiroyuki Yano
Professor of the Research Institute for Sustainable Humanosphere at Kyoto University
Awarded for their outstanding contributions to the development of high-efficiency production methods of Cellulose Nanofiber (CNF), its application to products, and the enhancement of its potential for further utilization.