The Vilcek Foundation was created in 2000 by two world-renowned Czech scientists, Dr. Jan and Dr. Emilia Vilcek. The mission of the foundation is to promote excellence in science, education, business, art and culture among both American citizens and foreign nationals who are legally admitted to the United States for permanent residency or another type of long-term visa status.
The Foundation provides seed money for innovative ideas that will benefit the U.S., as well as grants for graduate study fellowships at top universities in America where immigrants can develop skills needed to succeed in their field of interest while contributing to society through research or other forms of creative work. To date, over 80 talented individuals have been awarded fellowships from the Vilcek Foundation.
The Vilcek Foundation is particularly concerned with the immigration system in the United States. They would like to see it reformed in order to attract highly skilled individuals who are otherwise motivated to seek opportunities outside of the American borders. As President Jan Vilcek states, “immigrants are typically young and healthy, thus less expensive for the government and society. And they are often more ambitious and creative than their American counterparts.”
In 2022, the Vilcek Foundation is going to give four prizes in biomedical science. The Vilcek Prize in Biomedical Science includes a cash award of $100,000. Three additional prizes—the Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise in Biomedical Science—each includes a cash award of $50,000.
The Vilcek Prize in Biomedical Science recognizes an immigrant scientist for outstanding career contributions to biomedical science with a global impact. The recipient of the 2022 Vilcek Prize in Biomedical Science is Vishva M. Dixit, Vice President of Early Discovery Research and Physiological Chemistry at Genentech, a member of the Roche Group. Born in Kenya to Indian parents, Dixit studied and trained as a physician in Kenya before pursuing a career in biomedical research and academia in the United States.
The 2022 Vilcek Foundation Prizes in Biomedical Science are a part of the Vilcek Foundation Prizes program; the foundation’s prizes include the Vilcek Foundation Prizes in Biomedical Science, the Vilcek Foundation Prizes in the Arts and Humanities, and the Vilcek Prize for Excellence.
The recipients of the 2022 Vilcek Foundation Prizes Biomedical Science will be honored in an online ceremony alongside the recipients of the Vilcek Foundation Prizes in Dance and the Vilcek Prize for Excellence in the spring of 2022.