About the Nine Dots Prize
The Nine Dots Prize is awarded for creative thinking that tackles contemporary societal issues. Its heartland is the social sciences, but it welcomes entrants from all disciplines and cross-discipline thinking. Entrants are challenged to submit 3,000 word responses to a question set by the Board every other year. The Prize is worth US$100,000, which will support the winner in writing a short book expanding on their ideas to be published by Cambridge University Press in book format as well as open access, meaning the book can be downloaded free of charge. The Prize is judged anonymously in line with its aim of seeking answers from unexpected places – whether from new voices or from experienced authors.
The Prize is funded by the Kadas Prize Foundation, an English-registered charity established to fund research into significant but neglected questions relevant to today’s world. It is supported by Cambridge University Press and the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH), both departments of the University of Cambridge. Its name references a lateral thinking puzzle that can only be solved by drawing outside of a box of nine dots arranged in three rows of three.
About the Kadas Prize Foundation
The Kadas Prize Foundation was established to fund research into significant but neglected questions relevant to today’s world. Its main charitable activity is as a prize-awarding body, enabling Prize winners to further their work in the arts, humanities, sciences and social sciences to benefit the public. The Foundation was established by Peter Kadas, who has worked around the world for a number of financial institutions. Originally from Hungary, he holds Canadian and UK citizenship. He is a Senior Adviser at BXR Partners, which is an adviser to BXR Group.
About the Board
The Board is composed of ten internationally recognised and distinguished academics, authors, journalists and thinkers. It is chaired by Professor Simon Goldhill, a former Director of the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH), Professor in Greek Literature and Culture and Fellow of King’s College, Cambridge.