About the Program


The Rainwater Prize Program was designed to promote three prize categories, one of which is an annual prize, and the last two being milestone prizes that are only awarded upon achievement of the defined parameters.

The prizes are as follows:

  • The Rainwater Prize for Outstanding Innovation in Neurodegenerative Research

  • The Rainwater Milestone Prize for Advances in Tauopathy Research

  • The Rainwater Breakthrough Prize for Effective Treatments in PSP

The objective of all the prize categories is to encourage and accelerate progress toward new treatments for neurodegenerative diseases by:


Enhancing awareness of the critical gaps in neurodegenerative research.


Attracting researches to work on tauopathies.


Awarding scientific achievements that lead to new treatments for PSP.

This is the first year of the prize program with the first prize(s) to be awarded in November 2019. While the Rainwater Prize for Outstanding Innovation in Neurodegenerative Research annual prize will be awarded in 2019 and dispersed each year after, the Milestone and Breakthrough prizes may or may not be awarded based on this year’s nominations and discoveries. All awards may be awarded to individuals or shared as teams at the discretion of the selection committee, and all awards must be used for charitable purposes.