The purpose of the Mohn Prize is to recognise excellence in research related to the Arctic. Furthermore, the prize aims to highlight issues that are of particular relevance to the future development of the Arctic, and help put these issues on the national and international agenda.
The statutes for the Mohn Prize specifies that:
Nominations for the International Mohn Prize for Outstanding Research Related to the Arctic (The Mohn Prize) can be submitted for individuals or research groups who hold a leading international position in his/her/their field, who is/are widely recognised as leader in his/her/their field, and who has/have developed groundbreaking new knowledge about the Arctic. The prize is not awarded post mortem. (The only exception being in cases where the laurate passes away after the award has been announced, but before the award ceremony.)
The nomination process is open to anyone. Nominations are confidential, and should not be made known to the nominee. Self-nominations will not be accepted.
Nominations for the 2020 Mohn Prize will be announced early 2019.