Tang Prizes (Sustainable Development, Biopharmaceutical Science, Sinology, Rule of Law)

Below is a summary assembled by the Research & Innovation Office (RIO). Please see the Tang Prize website for complete information.

Program Summary

The Tang Prize comprises four categories, namely Sustainable Development, Biopharmaceutical Science, Sinology and Rule of Law. The prize is tasked with the mission of inspiring more professionals to pursue the knowledge mankind needs in the 21st century and to further the development of human civilization through their pioneering research and active civic engagement.

Sustainable Development

The Tang Prize in Sustainable Development recognizes those who have made extraordinary contributions to the sustainable development of human societies, especially through groundbreaking innovations in science and technology.

Biopharmaceutical Science

The Tang Prize in Biopharmaceutical Science recognizes original biopharmaceutical or biomedical research that has led to significant advances towards preventing, diagnosing and/or treating major human diseases to improve human health.


The Tang Prize in Sinology recognizes the study of Sinology in its broadest sense, awarding research on China and its related fields, such as Chinese thought, history, philology, linguistics, archaeology, philosophy, religion, traditional canons, literature, and art (excluding literary and art works). Honoring innovations in the field of Sinology, the Prize showcases Chinese culture and its contributions to the development of human civilization.

Rule of Law

All individuals are born equal, and everyone, including states and international organizations, is accountable to the law. For the purpose of the Tang Prize, the Rule of Law encompasses due process and substantive justice, and champions peace, human rights, and sustainable development in order to serve the common good of humankind and nature. The Tang Prize in the Rule of Law recognizes individual(s) or institution(s) who have made significant contributions to the rule of law, reflected not only in the achievement of the candidate(s) in terms of the advancement of legal theory or practice, but also in the realization of the rule of law in contemporary societies through the influences or inspiration of the work of the candidate(s).


CU Internal Deadline: 11:59pm MST August 21, 2023

Sponsor Application Deadline: September 30, 2023

Internal Application Requirements (all in PDF format)

  • Prize Category
    • Sustainable Development
    • Biopharmaceutical Science
    • Sinology
    • Rule of Law
  • Nomination Justification (2 pages maximum): Please include 1)key publications; 2) major professional experience, awards and honors; and 3) a description of contributions to the field.

To access the online application, visit: https://cuboulderovcr.secure-platform.com/a/solicitations/6894/home


Self-nominations are not allowed, and nominations should be kept confidential.

Limited Submission Guidelines

Only one nomination per prize is allowed.

Award Information

Amount: $330,000