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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.

The nomination deadline for awards to be presented in 2014 has passed. 2014 award recipients will be announced in January, 2014. Nominations for awards to be presented in 2015 will open in late spring/early summer 2014.

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

Active Awards

Award Description
Arthur L. Day Prize and Lectureship Awarded to a scientist making lasting contributions to the study of the physics of the Earth and whose lectures will provide solid, timely, and useful additions to the knowledge and literature in the field. The nominee should also be a good speaker with the ability to summarize and synthesize current knowledge in the field. The recipients is awarded a $20,000 prize and funds to present a series of Day Lectures.
Comstock Prize in Physics Awarded to recognize a North American resident for a recent innovative discovery or investigation in electricity, magnetism, or radiant energy. The recipient is awarded a $20,000 prize.
G. K. Warren Prize Awarded to recognize noteworthy and distinguished accomplishment that makes a distinguished contribution to fluviatile geology. The recipient is awarded a $10,000 prize.
James Craig Watson Medal Awarded for contributions to the science of astronomy. The recipient is awarded a gold-plated bronze medal, a $25,000 prize, and $25,000 to support the recipients 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 2014 award will be presented in the field of genome biology. The selection committee is seeking nominations of mid-career scientists with outstanding records of accomplishment, whose work uses genomic biology to make major contributions to our understanding of biology. The recipient is awarded a $20,000 prize.
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 2014 award will be presented in the field of human biosocial interactions. The recipient is awarded a $10,000 prize.
NAS Award for the Industrial Application of Science Awarded for original scientific work of intrinsic scientific importance and with significant, beneficial applications in industry. The 2014 award will be presented in the field of bio-energy. The recipient is awarded a $25,000 prize.
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 bronze 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 gold-plated bronze medal and a $25,000 prize.
NAS Prize in Psychological and Cognitive Sciences Inaugural presentation in 2014. Awarded to honor significant advances in the psychological and cognitive sciences with important implications for formal and systematic theory in these fields. The recipients is awarded a medal and a $200,000 prize.
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 to recognize and further outstanding research in neuroscience. The 2014 selection committee is seeking nominations of mid-career neuroscientist with outstanding records of accomplishment 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.
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 $50,000 prize to support their research.
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 2014 award will be presented in the field of simulation in condensed matter and materials. The recipient is awarded a $15,000 prize.

NAS Awards Process

1. Register

Click on the "Register" link and complete and submit the registration form.

2. Login

Login to the award with your email and password.

3. Create

Create your online nomination by answering all questions as completely as possible.

4. Save

Before the nomination deadline, your nomination can be saved as DRAFT until all the required information is completed and attachments uploaded. As each section is complete, a will appear in the category tab when the nomination is saved. Please ensure that all attachments are in Acrobat PDF format. You can download and print your nomination by clicking on the icon in the Nomination Summary section.

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.