IONS Announces 10 Finalists for Consciousness Research Prize

May 9, 2023
IONS Communications Team - Press Release

Last month, The Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS) announced that 108 essays were submitted for the Linda G. O’Bryant Noetic Sciences Research Prize. The prize was established to recognize groundbreaking research in the field of consciousness. IONS is now pleased to announce the identification of 10 finalists for the $100,000 prize.

The finalists’ proposals cover a range of topics related to the study of consciousness, including physicalist models, consciousness and quantum mechanics, an energetic model of consciousness, and psi tests during out-of-body experiences (OBE) and near-death experiences (NDE). The panel of judges evaluated and ranked the proposals based on their scientific rigor, clarity of research questions, and feasibility of proposed methods, among other criteria.

“We are thrilled to have received such a diverse and fascinating group of proposals from around the world,” said Arnaud Delorme, IONS Scientist and judging panel member. “The prize is a driving force to clarify what consciousness actually is and how it functions at a more fundamental level. IONS looks forward to identifying and announcing the winner in the coming weeks.”

The top 10 proposals will be judged by a panel of senior scientists, including Arnaud Delorme, Helané Wahbeh, Dean Radin, Garret Yount, Marilyn Schlitz, Peter Bancel, Roger Nelson, Patrizio Tressoldi, Bruce Damer, Jessica Utts, and Stanley Krippner. The judges will rate the proposals on scientific rigor, feasibility, impact, relevance to the topic of this competition, the researchers’ credentials and track record, and how well the criteria aligns with the mission and values of IONS.

The prize winner will be announced on Saturday, June 24th, at a special free event, The Science of Consciousness: Exploring Beyond the Brain. This event is open to the public. To learn more, please visit

View the full press release on GlobalNewsWire here.

Learn More and Register

Join Our Global Community

Receive curated mind-bending, heart-enlivening content. We’ll never share your email address and you can unsubscribe any time.

Back to Top