A group of high-tech and finance industry billionaires pitched in to launch the Breakthrough Prize in Lie Sciences awards per a report from CNN.
Eleven awards of $3 million each have been issued to health researchers and scientists. Facebook’s MarkZuckerberg, Google cofounder Sergey Brin, and venture capitalist Yuri Milner are the founding sponsors of the awards.
"Society has a lot of heroes for a lot of different things, but we don't have enough heroes who are scientists and researchers and engineers," Zuckerberg told CNN. "We're just trying to set up this ... to reward and recognize the amazing stuff these folks are doing."