Guidelines for the Three Prize Categories
▼Economic and Business Innovation
Nikkei Asia Prize for Economic and Business Innovation is designed to recognize business and economic initiatives that improve living standards and stability in the region. Nominees may include: 1) entrepreneurs who have successfully developed industries and businesses with innovative business approach 2) policy planners who have successfully undertaken important work on economic reform and /or integration of economies in the region 3) individuals who have undertaken initiatives to eradicate poverty and / or responded effectively to social needs.
▼Science and Technology
Nikkei Asia Prize for Science and Technology is designed to recognize scientific researches and technological innovations in various fields, ranging from bio, genome, information technology to medicine. Nominees may include: 1) researchers who have discovered new ways to protect the environments or recycle resources 2) researchers who have developed new species that increase harvests 3) medical doctors or scientists whose achievements benefit people in the region or in a country.
▼Culture and Community
Nikkei Asia Prize for Culture and Community is designed to recognize people who have made a difference through cultural, artistic or educational activities. Nominees may include artists, writers, craftsmen, festival organizers, leaders of projects to preserve and study historical heritage and coordinators of cultural activities in the region. Individuals or groups that provide indirect support for creative cultural activities and have great social impact are also eligible.
*Those who do not expressly fall under the above guidelines may also be nominated if their achievements benefit people in the region and are deemed to fall within one of the three categories.
 
<Other Guidelines>
- We aim to award outstanding achievements and contributions which were carried out within the past single decade.

- We would like you to search actively for not only individuals that have already received recognition, but also for those who are not so well known, but have conducted steady and sincere activities toward creating stable lives for people, contributing to prosperity.

- We would like you to nominate individuals who are active at present. Nominations of young people are welcome, if their work has received a certain amount of recognition already.

- We believe that there would be little significance in presenting the Nikkei Asia Prizes to individuals that have already received such awards as the Nobel Prize or the Kyoto Prizes.