The Oskar Fischer Prize

According to the World Alzheimer Report 2018 by Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI), an estimated 50 million people worldwide are living with dementia at a cost of $1 trillion to the global economy. That population is expected to more than triple by the year 2050.

To expand the understanding and explanation of Alzheimer’s disease, United States businessman James Truchard has given a $5 million USD gift to The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) College of Sciences to establish the Oskar Fischer Prize. The initiative will engage the world’s brightest minds in a comprehensive literature review with the goal of synthesizing that information into one explanation for the cause of Alzheimer’s disease, taking a new systems approach to the research on Alzheimer’s, building on the work Oskar Fischer started over a century ago.

The challenge will award up to $4 million USD in Oskar Fischer Prizes, including a grand prize of $2 million, two second place prizes of $500,000 each and four third place prizes of $250,000 each. Collectively, the monetary awards are the world’s largest prizes of their kind.

The call for entries opened December 15, 2019 and will continue through December 15, 2020. UTSA will work closely with an interdisciplinary committee of outstanding scientists from Texas and around the world to award the Oskar Fischer Prizes in the Spring of 2021.

Submit an Entry

Prize Contact
Roxana McAllister Richardson
Special Assistant for the Oskar Fischer Prize

Email: roxana.richardson@utsa.edu or
Email: oskarfischerprize@utsa.edu