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Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award

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Lasker Awards recognize the contributions of researchers, clinician scientists, and public servants who have made major advances in the understanding, diagnosis, treatment, cure, or prevention of human disease.

Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award: For a fundamental discovery that opens up a new area of biomedical science.

The Lasker Foundation will accept nominations for the 2018 Awards from November 1, 2017 through February 1, 2018.  For more information on submitting a nomination, read our FAQ or contact us with your questions.

Who is eligible to be nominated? Anyone who has made an original and significant contribution in basic or clinical medical research, or in public service, is eligible for nomination. Lasker Awards are highly competitive and are bestowed on individuals whose work opens new areas of biomedical science or public service. Award winners may reside in any country of the world. 

Who may submit a nomination? Colleagues familiar with the nominee(s)'s work and with the relevant field of research (or area of public service) are ideal nominators. Self-nominations or nominations written by the candidates themselves will not be considered by the Jury.

Deadline: 02/01

Link: http://www.laskerfoundation.org/awards-overview/


Benjamin Franklin Medal

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The Franklin Institute invites you to nominate candidates for the Benjamin Franklin Medals. From its inception, The Franklin Institute has used awards and prizes to recognize and promote excellence in science, technology, and industry. The endowed Benjamin Franklin Medals are given annually in the following seven disciplines of science:

  • Chemistry
  • Civil and Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer and Cognitive Science
  • Earth and Environmental Science
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Life Science
  • Physics

This is an international competition for individuals whose work has a significant impact on the aforementioned fields of science and is not restricted by theme or topic. Candidates for the award must be living persons, and the winner is expected to participate in the Awards Ceremony and other Awards Week events in Philadelphia. The subject of the candidate's research must be an invention, discovery, technological development, or a body of work reflecting extraordinary insight, skill, or creativity. The work must have scientific value and/or proven utility. It must have provided significant direction for future research, solved an important problem, or provided great benefit to the public. There must be sufficient submitted documentation to support further investigation.

Deadline: no deadline

Link: https://www.fi.edu/benjamin-franklin-medals-nominations


Breakthrough Prize

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The Breakthrough Prize, the world’s largest science prize, honors top scientists, handing out up to five prizes in Life Sciences, one in Physics and one in Mathematics. One Life Sciences award will be given specifically for work contributing to the understanding of Parkinson’s disease and neurodegenerative disorders. Each prize comes with a $3 million award.

Nominations can be submitted online through May 31, 2017. While self-nominations are prohibited, anyone may make a nomination for another person.

The Breakthrough Prizes were founded by Sergey Brin and Anne Wojcicki, Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan, and Yuri and Julia Milner. Selection Committees are composed of previous Breakthrough Prize laureates, who choose the winners from the list of candidates obtained during the nomination period.

Deadline: 05/31

Link: https://breakthroughprize.org


Crafoord Prize

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The Crafoord Prize in astronomy and mathematics, biosciences, geosciences or polyarthritis research is awarded in partnership between the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and the Crafoord Foundation in Lund. The Academy is responsible for selecting the Crafoord Laureates. The prize sum of SEK 6 million makes the Crafoord Prize one of the world's largest scientific prizes.

Anna-Greta and Holger Crafoord's Fund was established in 1980 and the first prize was awarded in 1982. The prize is intended to promote international basic research in the disciplines:
  • Astronomy and Mathematics,
  • Geosciences,
  • Biosciences, with particular emphasis on ecology and
  • Polyarthritis (rheumatoid arthritis).

These disciplines are chosen so as to complement those for which the Nobel Prizes are awarded. The recipients are worthy scientists who receive the prize in accordance with a set scheme:

  • Year 1 Astronomy and Mathematics
  • Year 2 Geosciences
  • Year 3 Biosciences
  • (repeat)

The prize in polyarthritis is awarded only when a special committee has shown that scientific progress in this field has been such that an award is justified.

Starting in 2012, there will be two separate prizes in astronomy and mathematics awarded at the same time, each with a prize sum of SEK 4 million.

The Academy invites scientists from all over the world to nominate candidates for the prize. Nominations are normally submitted to the Academy during the spring prior to the year in which the decision is to be made. The nominations received are then reviewed and assessed by a Prize Committee consisting of members from the appropriate Academy classes.

Deadline: during Spring

Link: http://www.crafoordprize.se


Japan Prize

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The Japan Prize is awarded annually to scientists and engineers from around the world who have made significant contributions to the advancement of science and technology, thereby furthering the cause of peace and prosperity of mankind.

Each year two fields of scientific endeavor are honored. The Japan Prize laureates receive a certificate of merit and a prize medal. A cash prize of 50 million yen is also awarded for each prize field.

Every November the Fields Selection Committee of the Japan Prize Foundation designates and announces two fields in which the Japan Prize will be awarded two years hence. At the same time, The Foundation calls for over 13,000 nominators, strictly comprised of prominent scientists and researchers from around the world invited by the Foundation, to nominate the candidates through the web by JPNS (Japan Prize Nomination System). The deadline for nominations is the end of February of following year.

Deadline: 02/28

Link: http://www.japanprize.jp/en/index.html


Kyoto Prize

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The Kyoto Prize is an international award to honor those who have contributed significantly to the scientific, cultural, and spiritual betterment of mankind. The Prize is presented annually in each of the following three categories: Advanced Technology, Basic Sciences, and Arts and Philosophy.

Laureates shall in principle be individuals (one person per category). However, in special cases a single Prize may be shared among more than one person. Selection is made without regard to nationality, race, gender, age, or religion. Each laureate is presented with a diploma, a 20K gold Kyoto Prize medal, and prize money of 50 million yen per category.

Each Kyoto Prize category comprises four fields. The specific fields to be awarded in a given year are determined each year.

Candidates for the Kyoto Prize are nominated by official Kyoto Prize nominators, who are selected annually by the Inamori Foundation from among recognized domestic and international authorities.

Deadline: 09/15

Link: http://www.kyotoprize.org/en/about/


Lasker-Bloomberg Public Service Award

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Lasker Awards recognize the contributions of researchers, clinician scientists, and public servants who have made major advances in the understanding, diagnosis, treatment, cure, or prevention of human disease.

Winners of the Lasker-Bloomberg Public Service Award must meet at least one of the following criteria: For significantly improving the public’s understanding of subjects in medical research, public health, or healthcare; providing critical and generous financial support for incisive initiatives to enhance public health and/or medical research; serving as an outstanding spokesperson in support of medical research or public health; providing outstanding public health practice that has significantly improved the lives of many people.

The Lasker Foundation will accept nominations for the 2018 Awards from November 1, 2017 through February 1, 2018.  For more information on submitting a nomination, read our FAQ or contact us with your questions.

Who is eligible to be nominated? Anyone who has made an original and significant contribution in basic or clinical medical research, or in public service, is eligible for nomination. Lasker Awards are highly competitive and are bestowed on individuals whose work opens new areas of biomedical science or public service. Award winners may reside in any country of the world. 

Who may submit a nomination? Colleagues familiar with the nominee(s)'s work and with the relevant field of research (or area of public service) are ideal nominators. Self-nominations or nominations written by the candidates themselves will not be considered by the Jury.

Deadline: 02/01

Link: http://www.laskerfoundation.org/awards-overview/


Lasker-DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award

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Lasker Awards recognize the contributions of researchers, clinician scientists, and public servants who have made major advances in the understanding, diagnosis, treatment, cure, or prevention of human disease.

Lasker-DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award: For a major advance that improves the lives of many thousands of people.

The Lasker Foundation will accept nominations for the 2018 Awards from November 1, 2017 through February 1, 2018.  For more information on submitting a nomination, read our FAQ or contact us with your questions.

Who is eligible to be nominated? Anyone who has made an original and significant contribution in basic or clinical medical research, or in public service, is eligible for nomination. Lasker Awards are highly competitive and are bestowed on individuals whose work opens new areas of biomedical science or public service. Award winners may reside in any country of the world. 

Who may submit a nomination? Colleagues familiar with the nominee(s)'s work and with the relevant field of research (or area of public service) are ideal nominators. Self-nominations or nominations written by the candidates themselves will not be considered by the Jury.

Deadline: 02/01

Link: http://www.laskerfoundation.org/awards-overview/


Lasker-Koshland Special Achievement Award in Medical Science

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Lasker Awards recognize the contributions of researchers, clinician scientists, and public servants who have made major advances in the understanding, diagnosis, treatment, cure, or prevention of human disease.

Lasker-Koshland Special Achievement Award in Medical Science: For research accomplishments and scientific statesmanship that engender the deepest feelings of awe and respect.

The Lasker Foundation will accept nominations for the 2018 Awards from November 1, 2017 through February 1, 2018.  For more information on submitting a nomination, read our FAQ or contact us with your questions.

Who is eligible to be nominated? Anyone who has made an original and significant contribution in basic or clinical medical research, or in public service, is eligible for nomination. Lasker Awards are highly competitive and are bestowed on individuals whose work opens new areas of biomedical science or public service. Award winners may reside in any country of the world. 

Who may submit a nomination? Colleagues familiar with the nominee(s)'s work and with the relevant field of research (or area of public service) are ideal nominators. Self-nominations or nominations written by the candidates themselves will not be considered by the Jury.

Deadline: 02/01

Link: http://www.laskerfoundation.org/awards-overview/


MacArthur Foundation Fellow

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The MacArthur Fellows Program is intended to encourage people of outstanding talent to pursue their own creative, intellectual, and professional inclinations. In keeping with this purpose, the Foundation awards fellowships directly to individuals rather than through institutions. Recipients may be writers, scientists, artists, social scientists, humanists, teachers, entrepreneurs, or those in other fields, with or without institutional affiliations. They may use their fellowship to advance their expertise, engage in bold new work, or, if they wish, to change fields or alter the direction of their careers.

Nominees are brought to the Program's attention through a constantly changing pool of invited external nominators chosen from as broad a range of fields and areas of interest as possible. They are encouraged to draw on their expertise, accomplishments, and breadth of experience to nominate the most creative people they know within their field and beyond.

There are three criteria for selection of Fellows:

  1. Exceptional creativity
  2. Promise for important future advances based on a track record of significant accomplishments
  3. Potential for the Fellowship to facilitate subsequent creative work.

There are no restrictions on becoming a Fellow, except that nominees must be either residents or citizens of the United States, and must not hold elective office or advanced positions in government as defined by the statute.

Link: https://www.macfound.org/programs/fellows/strategy/


National Medal of Science

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National Medals of Science are awarded by the President of the United States to individuals deserving of special recognition by reason of their outstanding cumulative contributions to knowledge in the physical, biological, mathematical, engineering, or behavioral or social sciences, in service to the Nation.

Many more nominations are received than awards may be given. Ideal nominations make a strong case for scientific or engineering achievement as well as broader impacts in promoting the progress of science; advancing the national health, prosperity, and welfare; securing the national defense; and other purposes.

Please note the following eligibility guidelines: (1) Self-nominations are not eligible, nor are nominations from immediate family members. Teams are not eligible for consideration. (2) Deceased nominees are eligible for the award until the fifth anniversary of the day of death. (3)Nobel Prize winners are eligible for awards and are evaluated according to the same considerations as those applied to nominees who have not received a Nobel Prize. (4) Nominations will be carried over for a period of three years, including the year of nomination. After that time, it is possible to re-nominate the candidate for later consideration, if he or she is still eligible.

The Committee has established the following considerations for selection of candidates:

  1. The impact of an individual's body of work on the current state of his or her field of science or engineering;
  2. Whether the individual's achievements are of an unusually significant nature in relation to the potential effects on the development of thought in his or her field of science or engineering;
  3. Whether the nominee has demonstrated unusually distinguished service in the general advancement of science and/or engineering for the Nation, especially when accompanied by substantial contributions to the content of science;
  4. The recognition of the nominee by peers within his or her community, and whether s/he is recognized for substantial impact in fields in addition to his/her discipline;
  5. If the nominee has made contributions to innovation and industry;
  6. Whether the nominee has demonstrated sustained influence on education through publications, teaching activities, outreach, mentoring, etc. and;
  7. Whether the nominee's contributions have created significant positive impact for the Nation.

Deadline: 04/07

Link: https://www.nsf.gov/od/nms/medal.jsp


National Medal of Technology and Innovation

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The National Medal of Technology and Innovation (NMTI) is the nation’s highest honor for technological achievement, bestowed by the president of the United States on America's leading innovators.

The medal is awarded annually to individuals, teams (up to four individuals), companies or divisions of companies for their outstanding contributions to America’s economic, environmental and social well-being. The purpose of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation is to recognize those who have made lasting contributions to America's competitiveness, standard of living, and quality of life through technological innovation, and to recognize those who have made substantial contributions to strengthening the nation's technological workforce.

Each year the Technology Administration under the U.S. Department of Commerce calls for the nomination of new candidates for the National Medal of Technology. Candidates are nominated by their peers who have direct, first-hand knowledge of the candidates achievements. Candidates may be individuals, teams of individuals (up to 4), organizations or corporations. Individuals and all members of teams nominated must be U.S. citizens and organizations and corporations must be U.S.-owned (i.e. 50% of their assets or shares must be currently held by U.S. citizens).

The National Medal of Technology and Innovation Nomination Evaluation Committee, a distinguished, independent committee appointed by the secretary of commerce, reviews and evaluates the merit of all candidates nominated through an open, competitive solicitation process. The committee makes its recommendations for medal candidates to the secretary of commerce, who in turn makes recommendations to the president for final selection. The National Medal of Technology and Innovation Laureates are announced by the White House and the Department of Commerce once the medalists are notified of their selection.

Deadline: 04/07

Link: https://www.uspto.gov/learning-and-resources/ip-programs-and-awards/national-medal-technology-and-innovation-nmti


Nobel Prize

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Nobel Foundation awards the following six prizes: (1) Physics, (2) Chemistry, (3) Medicine, (4) Literature, (5) Peace Prize, (6) Economic Sciences.

Each year, thousands of members of academies, university professors, scientists, previous Nobel Laureates and members of parliamentary assemblies and others, are asked to submit candidates for the Nobel Prizes for the coming year. These nominators are chosen in such a way that as many countries and universities as possible are represented over time.

Deadline: 02/01

Link: https://www.nobelprize.org


Pulitzer Prize

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Journalism:

Journalism entries must be submitted digitally through a Pulitzer entry site. Journalism entries must be submitted on or before January 25 to cover work in the previous calendar year.

  1. For a distinguished example of meritorious public service by a newspaper, magazine or news site through the use of its journalistic resources, including the use of stories, editorials, cartoons, photographs, graphics, videos, databases, multimedia or interactive presentations or other visual material, a gold medal.
  2. For a distinguished example of local reporting of breaking news that, as quickly as possible, captures events accurately as they occur, and, as time passes, illuminates, provides context and expands upon the initial coverage, Fifteen thousand dollars ($15,000).
  3. For a distinguished example of investigative reporting, using any available journalistic tool, Fifteen thousand dollars ($15,000).
  4. For a distinguished example of explanatory reporting that illuminates a significant and complex subject, demonstrating mastery of the subject, lucid writing and clear presentation, using any available journalistic tool, Fifteen thousand dollars ($15,000).
  5. For a distinguished example of reporting on significant issues of local concern, demonstrating originality and community expertise, using any available journalistic tool, Fifteen thousand dollars ($15,000).
  6. For a distinguished example of reporting on national affairs, using any available journalistic tool, Fifteen thousand dollars ($15,000).
  7. For a distinguished example of reporting on international affairs, using any available journalistic tool, Fifteen thousand dollars ($15,000).
  8. For distinguished feature writing giving prime consideration to quality of writing, originality and concision, using any available journalistic tool, Fifteen thousand dollars ($15,000).
  9. For distinguished commentary, using any available journalistic tool, Fifteen thousand dollars ($15,000).
  10. For distinguished criticism, using any available journalistic tool, Fifteen thousand dollars ($15,000).
  11. For distinguished editorial writing, the test of excellence being clearness of style, moral purpose, sound reasoning, and power to influence public opinion in what the writer conceives to be the right direction, using any available journalistic tool, Fifteen thousand dollars ($15,000).
  12. For a distinguished cartoon or portfolio of cartoons, characterized by originality, editorial effectiveness, quality of drawing and pictorial effect, published as a still drawing, animation or both, Fifteen thousand dollars ($15,000).
  13. For a distinguished example of breaking news photography in black and white or color, which may consist of a photograph or photographs, Fifteen thousand dollars ($15,000).
  14. For a distinguished example of feature photography in black and white or color, which may consist of a photograph or photographs, Fifteen thousand dollars ($15,000).

Letters:

Applications for the letters, drama and music prizes should be filed and paid for through the entry site, with judging materials (books, scripts and recordings) for these awards sent to the Pulitzer Prize Office, 709 Pulitzer Hall, 2950 Broadway, Mail Code 3865, Columbia University, New York, N.Y. 10027.

Book entries must be submitted on or before June 15 of the year of publication in the case of books published between January 1 and June 14, and on or before October 1 in the case of books published between June 15 and December 31. For the drama prize, works produced in the United States from January 1 through December 31 are considered. Drama entries must be submitted on or before December 31.

  1. For distinguished fiction by an American author, preferably dealing with American life, Fifteen thousand dollars ($15,000).
  2. For a distinguished play by an American author, preferably original in its source and dealing with American life, Fifteen thousand dollars ($15,000).
  3. For a distinguished and appropriately documented book on the history of the United States, Fifteen thousand dollars ($15,000).
  4. For a distinguished biography, autobiography or memoir by an American author, Fifteen thousand dollars ($15,000).
  5. For a distinguished volume of original verse by an American author, Fifteen thousand dollars ($15,000).
  6. For a distinguished and appropriately documented book of nonfiction by an American author that is not eligible for consideration in any other category, Fifteen thousand dollars, ($15,000).

Music:

Applications for the letters, drama and music prizes should be filed and paid for through the entry site, with judging materials (books, scripts and recordings) for these awards sent to the Pulitzer Prize Office, 709 Pulitzer Hall, 2950 Broadway, Mail Code 3865, Columbia University, New York, N.Y. 10027.

For the music award, works given their American premiere in a public performance or in the public release of a recording during the twelve months from January 1 through December 31 are considered. Drama and Music entries must be submitted on or before December 31.

For distinguished musical composition by an American that has had its first performance or recording in the United States during the year, Fifteen thousand dollars ($15,000).

Deadline: multiple deadlines

Link: http://www.pulitzer.org/page/how-enter


Rolf Schock Prize

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In his will, Dr. Rolf Schock, who died in 1986, specified that half of his estate should be used to fund four prizes in the fields of logic and philosophy, mathematics, the visual arts and music.

The prizes in logic and philosophy and in mathematics is awarded by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, and those in the visual arts and music by the Royal Academy of Fine Arts and the Royal Swedish Academy of Music respectively.

From 2017 the prizes are awarded every year.

Deadline: 02/28

Link: http://www.rolfschockprizes.se/en-GB/priset.9.html


Wolf Prize

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WOLF PRIZE in the SCIENCES and ARTS are awarded since 1978 to outstanding artists and scientists for their achievements for the benefit of mankind and brotherly relations among peoples, regardless of nationality, race, color, religion, sex or political views.

Five Wolf prizes are been awarded annually.. In accordance with the Wolf Prize principle of rotation four prizes are been given in the Sciences and one prize in the Arts.

Prize fields in sciences comprise: Agriculture, Chemistry, Mathematics, Medicine, and Physics. In the Arts, the prize rotates annually among Architecture, Music, Painting and Sculpture.

The prize in each area consists of a diploma and 100,000 US$. In the event of co-recipients sharing one prize, the honorarium is equally divided among them.

Nomination to the Wolf Prize is by invitation only. The Wolf Foundation sends confidential forms to persons who are competent and qualified to nominate, according to the "Wolf Foundation Law - 1975

Link: http://www.wolffund.org.il/index.php?dir=site&page=content&cs=3038


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