**The nomination comprises four researchers.**

The prize topic is “Invariant-group methods in the theory of fundamental fields with applications to gravitation, astrophysics and cosmology”. The winners are **Asya Aminova**** **(Professor, Department of Relativity Theory and Gravity, Institute of Physics), **Alexander Balakin** (Professor, Department of Relativity Theory and Gravity, Institute of Physics), **Yury Ignatyev **(Professor, Chair of the Department of Higher Mathematics and Mathematical Modelling, Institute of Mathematics and Mechanics), and **Sergey Sushkov** (Chair of the Department of Relativity Theory and Gravity, Institute of Physics).

The team’s main achievements are as follows:

– a system of invariant-group, algebraic and geometrical methods has been created for investigation of the fundamental fields in the context of applications to supersymmetry, superstrings, relativistic kinetic theory, cosmology, and astrophysics;

– a nonminimal theory of interactions between gravitational, electromagnetic, scalar, gauge, vectorial and axion fields has been developed and applied to cosmology, astrophysics, and gravitational wave theory;

– a series of theoretical investigations devoted to the analysis of structure and properties of relativistic objects and cosmic substrata, such as black holes, wormholes, axionic stars, magnetic monopoles, dark matter, and dark energy.

In the course of their longtime work, the laureates have presented 5 monographs, 12 reviews, and 250 selected scientific papers. A number of International Scientific Schools «Petrov Readings» (25 events) and «Gravitation and Cosmology» (10 events) have been organized.