HUGO African Prize

(US$5000 / 1 Awardee)

Criteria for the Award:

  • who has performed extraordinary work in biomedical sciences which has changed the thinking in the field where important technology was developed; and/or
  • who has uncovered new insights which brought forth new therapies; and/or
  • whose lifetime contribution has significantly impact the African region and who has primary affiliation in Africa

The award recipient will receive a sponsorship of up to USD 5,000 to our annual Human Genome Organisation (HUGO) – Human Genome Meeting with an economic flight, accommodation, registration fee and VISA application paid for. The award recipient will also be presented with a plaque or medal and any remaining of the USD 5,000 award will be in the form of a standing order for products and services from Inqaba Biotechnical Industries. He/She will be invited to attend the award presentation ceremony and present a plenary lecture in conjunction with the Human Genome Meeting.



  • 2020: Nikki Tiffin, University of Cape Town, South Africa
  • 2019: Christian Happi, African Center of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Diseases (ACEGID), Redeemer’s University, Nigeria
  • 2018: Collen Masimirembwa, African Institute of Biomedical Science and Technology, Zimbabwe
  • 2017: Samia Temtamy, National Research Center, Egypt
  • 2016: Raj Ramesar, University of Cape Town, South Africa
  • 2015: Alan Christoffels, South African National Bioinformatics Institute (SANBI), South Africa

HUGO African Prize

HUGO African Prize Review Committee

The review committee is made up of top scientists, thought-leaders and/or government officials from around the world.

Stylianos Antonarakis
Professor and Chairman, University of Geneva Medical School, Switzerland

Karen B. Avraham
Professor and Vice Dean, Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Israel

Charles Lee
Director, The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine, USA

Edison Liu
President and CEO, The Jackson Laboratory, USA

Juergen Reichardt
Vice Chancellor of Research, Yachay Tech University, Ecuador

Charles Rotimi
Director, NIH Center for Research on Genomics and Global Health, USA

HUGO African Prize

Process Timeline

To be determined – Review by HUGO African Prize Review Committee
To be determined – Public Announcement of Recipients
To be determined – Prize Presentation Ceremony in conjunction with the Annual Human Genome Meeting

HUGO African Prize

Nomination Form & Guidelines

Applicants for this award should be actively engaged in human genetic and genomic research. Applications must reach the HUGO office by the published deadline. The award will be given out at the HUGO Human Genome Meeting (held annually).

  • There is no age limit for the candidates reviewed in this category;
  • Nominations must be submitted with a completed nomination form, as well as the candidate’s curriculum vitae of no more than two A4 pages including a list of recent publications