Winner of First Annual Research Prize to be Announced on June 24th

April 4, 2023
IONS Communications Team

More than 100 applicants submitted essays for the Linda G. O’Bryant Noetic Sciences Research Prize. The new prize was created to recognize groundbreaking research in the field of consciousness and will be awarded annually to a researcher or research team whose work contributes significantly to the field of noetic sciences. It carries a cash award of $100,000, as well as the opportunity to present the winning essay at an award ceremony. This year’s program will be held on June 24, 2023. IONS was founded in June 1973. 

Linda O’Bryant (center) with IONS Scientists Dean Radin, Arnaud Delorme, Garret Yount, Helané Wahbeh

The prize is named in honor of IONS Board Member and longtime supporter Linda G. O’Bryant. A member of IONS since the ‘80s, O’Bryant created this award with the aim of inspiring groundbreaking discoveries in the field of consciousness, with the ultimate goal of shedding light on revolutionary ideas that could change the world.

“We’re incredibly grateful for Linda G. O’Bryant’s visionary generosity in establishing the Noetic Sciences Research Prize in our fiftieth year,” said Claudia Welss, IONS Board Chairman and Interim CEO. “The prize enables us to build on our legacy of identifying testable theories that challenge conventional notions on the nature and potentials of consciousness, inspiring frontier research to advance our mission and safeguard a thriving future for humanity and our planet.”

The award is open to researchers from any discipline or background. The 2023 prize submission window is closed, and the applications will be evaluated based on scientific rigor, experiment feasibility, topic relevance, and potential impact of the research. Learn more at

Stay tuned for an invitation to the June 24th event to watch live as the winner is announced. View the full press release here.

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