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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 www.nasonline.org/awards.

Nomination Deadline: Unless otherwise noted, nominations must be submitted by 11:59 pm EDT on Thursday, October 1, 2015.

Questions? Email awards@nas.edu

Awards to be Presented in 2016  
Alexander Hollaender Award in Biophysics Awarded to recognize outstanding contributions in the field biophysics. The recipient is awarded a $20,000 prize.
Atkinson Prize in Psychological and Cognitive Sciences Two awards are presented to honor significant advances in the psychological and cognitive sciences with important implications for formal and systematic theory in these fields. Each recipient will receive a medal and a $100,000 prize.
James Craig Watson Medal Awarded for contributions to the science of astronomy. The recipient is awarded a medal, a $25,000 prize, and $50,000 in additional funding to support research.
Jesse Stevenson Kovalenko Medal Awarded to honor important contributions to the medical sciences. The recipient is awarded a medal, a $25,000 prize, and $50,000 to support their research.
John J. Carty Award for the Advancement of Science Awarded to honor noteworthy and distinguished accomplishments in any field of science within the charter of the Academy. The 2016 award will be presented in the field of agricultural sciences. The recipient is awarded a medal and a $25,000 prize.
National Academy of Sciences 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 2016 award will be presented in the field of computer science. The recipient is awarded a $20,000 prize.
National Academy of Sciences 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.
National Academy of Sciences Award in Early Earth and Life Sciences (Stanley Miller Medal) Awarded to recognize research on Earth's early development as a planet, including prebiotic chemistry and the origin of life; planetary accretion, differentiation, and tectonics; and early evolution of the atmosphere and oceans. The recipient is awarded a medal and a $10,000 prize.
National Academy of Sciences 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.
National Academy of Sciences Award in the Neurosciences Awarded to recognize extraordinary contributions to progress in the fields of neuroscience, including neurochemistry, neurophysiology, neuropharmacology, developmental neuroscience, neuroanatomy, and behavioral and clinical neuroscience. The recipient is awarded a $25,000 prize.
National Academy of Sciences Public Welfare Medal Presented by the Council of the Academy to recognize distinguished contributions in the application of science to the public welfare.
Pradel Research Award Award 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.
Raymond and Beverly Sackler Prize in Convergence Research Awarded to honor outstanding convergence research that benefits human health. The recipient is awarded a medal and a $400,000 prize. Two-thirds of the prize money will be awarded to the selected researcher(s), and the remaining third will go to support the researcher's work.
Nomination deadline: June 15, 2015.
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.

NAS Awards Process

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4. Save

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5. Submit

On completion, save your nomination as FINAL. Download and print a copy of your nomination for your records by clicking on the icon in the Nomination Summary section in the right column. Note: If an update is required prior to the nomination deadline, you can make the update and resave as FINAL.

If you require assistance or additional information, please contact awards@nas.edu.

Nomination Requirements

Nomination requirements may vary by award. However, the following items must be submitted for all awards:

  • A letter from the nominator describing the candidate's work and why he or she should be selected for the award. No more than three (3) pages.
  • Curriculum vitae. No more than two (2) pages.
  • Bibliography listing no more than twelve (12) of the nominee's most significant publications.
  • Suggested citation. No more than 50 words.
  • Two letters of support.

Self-nominations are not accepted.

Joint nominations are discouraged and will only be considered when nominees have collaborated closely - usually in the same laboratory - on the work to be recognized by the award.

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