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Since 1886, the National Academy of Sciences has honored outstanding achievement in the physical, biological, and social sciences through its awards program.

For more information on awards presented by the National Academy of Sciences, please visit: http://www.nasonline.org/about-nas/awards/

Nomination Deadline: Nominations must be submitted by 11:59pm EDT on Wednesday, October 1, 2014.

Questions? Email awards@nas.edu

Award to be Presented in 2015  
Arctowski Medal Awarded to a researcher selected for outstanding contributions to the study of solar physics and solar terrestrial relationships. The recipient is awarded a medal, a $20,000 prize, and an additional $60,000 to support further research in solar physics and solar terrestrial relations at an institution of their choice.
Gilbert Morgan Smith Medal Awarded to recognize excellence in published research on marine or freshwater algae. The recipient is awarded a medal and a $50,000 prize.
J. C. Hunsaker Award Awarded for excellence in the field of aeronautical engineering. The recipient is awarded a $50,000 prize.
J. Lawrence Smith Medal Awarded to recognize recent, original, and meritorious investigations of meteoric bodies. The recipient is awarded a medal and a $50,000 prize.
Mary Clark Thompson Medal Awarded to honor important services to geology and paleontology. The recipient is awarded a medal and a $15,000 prize. Updated nomination deadline: October 15, 2014
NAS Award for Chemistry in Service to Society Awarded for contributions to chemistry, either in fundamental science or its application, that clearly satisfy a societal need. The award comes with a $20,000 prize and is presented in alternate years to chemists working in industry and to those in academia, government, and nonprofit organizations. Scheduled for presentation in 2015 to honor a chemist working in industry.
NAS Award for Scientific Discovery Recognizes an accomplishment or discovery in basic research within the past five years. The fields of science for each presentation will rotate among chemistry, biochemistry, biophysics, astronomy, physics, and materials science. The inaugural award presented in 2015 will be awarded for a recent discovery in chemistry, biochemistry, or biophysics. The recipient is awarded a $100,000 prize. Updated nomination deadline: November 3, 2014
NAS Award for Scientific Reviewing Awarded to recognize authors whose reviews have synthesized extensive and difficult material, rendering a significant service to science and influencing the course of scientific thought. The 2015 award will be presented in the field of biochemistry. The recipient is awarded a $10,000 prize. Updated nomination deadline: November 3, 2014
NAS Award in Chemical Sciences Awarded to honor innovative research in the chemical sciences that, in the broadest sense, contributes to a better understanding of the natural sciences to the benefit of humanity. The recipient is awarded a medal and a $15,000 prize.
NAS Award in Molecular Biology Awarded to recognize a recent notable discovery in molecular biology by a young scientist (defined as no older than 45) who is a citizen of the United States. The recipient is awarded a medal and a $25,000 prize.Updated nomination deadline: November 3, 2014
National Academy of Sciences Public Welfare Medal Presented by the Council of the Academy in recognition of distinguished contributions in the application of science to the public welfare.
Pradel Research Award The Pradel Research Award is presented annually to recognize mid-career neuroscientists whose work is making major contributions to our understanding of the nervous system. The recipient is presented with a $50,000 research award to an institution of their choice to support neuroscience research.
Richard Lounsbery Award Recognizes extraordinary scientific achievement by a young American researcher (age 45 or younger) in biology and medicine. The recipient is awarded a medal, a $50,000 prize, and an additional $20,000 to cover expenses incurred in the pursuance of further research in France. Updated nomination deadline: November 3, 2014
Selman A. Waksman Award in Microbiology Awarded in recognition of excellence in the field of microbiology. The recipient is awarded a $5,000 prize.
Troland Research Awards Two awards are presented to young investigators (age 40 or younger) to recognize unusual achievement and further empirical research in psychology regarding the relationships of consciousness and the physical world. Each recipient is presented with a $75,000 prize to support their research.
William and Katherine Estes Award Formerly known as the NAS Award for Behavioral Research Relevant to the Prevention of Nuclear War. Recognizes basic research in any field of cognitive or behavioral science that uses rigorous formal and empirical methods to advance our understanding of issues relating to the risk of nuclear war. The recipient is awarded a $20,000 prize.
William O. Baker Award for Initiatives in Research Formerly the NAS Award for Initiatives in Research. Awarded to recognize innovative young scientists and to encourage research likely to lead toward new capabilities for human benefit. The award is to be given to a resident of the United States, preferably no older than 35 years of age. The 2015 award will be presented in the field of statistics and machine learning. The recipient is awarded a $15,000 prize.

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