The Ryman Prize is an annual NZ$250,000 award for the world’s best discovery, development, advance or achievement that enhances quality of life for older people. The prize is awarded each year by an international jury appointed by The Ryman Foundation.

The prize, which consists of a cash sum of NZ$250,000 and a commemorative medal, was launched by the Right Honourable John Key, Prime Minister of New Zealand, in February 2015.

The Ryman Prize is an entirely philanthropic initiative. It is independently funded, apolitical and the donor is anonymous.

The winner is selected each year by an international jury appointed by the Ryman Foundation.

The world’s rapidly ageing population means that in some parts of the globe – including most of the Western world - the population aged 75+ is set to triple in the next 30 years.

This large demographic change brings with it some chronic health issues including diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease. 

The intention behind the prize is to reward great work done, and also to stimulate fresh thought from the planet’s best minds into this area of need. 

The winner will be presented with the Ryman Prize Medal at a ceremony in New Zealand each year.

The Ryman Foundation and Ryman Prize terms of reference:

The Ryman Foundation has been established to administer the Ryman Prize. The Foundation has been given funding to cover the cost of the NZ$250,000 annual prize. It is independent of Ryman Healthcare.

The Ryman Prize is awarded in New Zealand but is open to anyone, anywhere in the world for work completed on an advance that has been proven to enhance quality of life for older people.

The work could include, but is not limited to, a mechanical device, a discovery, an invention, a study, a book, an initiative, a proven idea, a completed research project or initiative or any other advance that enhances quality of life for older people. The prize is to reward work done - not for speculative projects.

The award can be made to an individual or a team.

Entry is by application or nomination.

The winner of the prize will be determined by an independent international jury which meets three times each year. Up to eight jurors will be selected from across a variety of disciplines.


About Ryman Healthcare

Ryman Healthcare was founded in Christchurch, New Zealand in 1984. The company builds, owns and operates 30 retirement villages in New Zealand and Australia which are home to 9000 residents.

Ryman’s model is based on providing residents with a full range of care so that their health needs are taken care of as they change over the years. The aim is to keep residents close to family in the communities they know throughout their lives.

The company provides specialist care for 4000 residents.

The company has grown from small beginnings to become one of the largest companies on the NZX. It has won numerous awards for its operations and business performance over the years.

Ryman Healthcare employs 4500 staff in New Zealand and Australia.  


Applications can be made by clicking here
Applications for the 2019 Ryman Prize are now open. Applications close 5pm Friday June 28, 2019.