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The programs listed here provide awards and prizes to individuals in recognition of achievement. Programs are listed by approximate nomination deadline. Nominations for these programs are not submitted through the Sponsored Projects Office; this page is provided as a courtesy to the Academic Senate Faculty Awards Committee. To search for other prize and award programs, see the Pivot funding opportunities database.

Prize Agency Deadline Research Areas Program Synopsis Funding
Volvo Environment Prize early January environmental fields Awarded for “Outstanding innovations or scientific discoveries which in broad terms fall within the environmental field.” 1.5 million SEK, or approximately $215,000
Grand Hamdan International Award January varies Awards quality but also dedication to the alleviation of the sufferings of humanity through research and exemplary service. The major deciding factor will be a research breakthrough in the subject selected for the award, having the potential to have a major impact on healthcare delivery. 250,000 AED or approximately $68,000
Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities January humanities The Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities is the highest honor the federal government confers for distinguished intellectual achievement in the humanities. $10,000 honorarium and lecture
Robert Welch Award in Chemistry end of January chemistry Any person who has made important chemical research contributions that have had a significant, positive influence on humankind can be considered for the award. The award is intended to recognize contributions that have not been rewarded in a similar manner. $300,000
Michael Ludwig Nemmers Prize in Music Composition early February music Biennial award honoring classical music composers of outstanding achievement in a body of work and a unique creativity. $100,000; perfomance of a composition by the recipient
King Baudouin African Development Prize February every other year varied The Prize rewards outstanding contributions of individuals or organizations in the development field in Africa, and spotlights innovative initiatives which improve quality-of-life and empower local communities to take development into their own hands. 200,000 Euros
National Medal of Arts February arts The highest award given to artists and arts patrons by the United States Government. medal
Harvey Prize February science and technology, human health, peace in the Middle East Awarded annually in a variety of disciplines within the categories of science and technology and human health. The Prize has also been awarded for contribution to peace in the Middle East. $75,000
Balzan Prize March 15 literature, moral sciences and the arts; physical, mathematical and natural sciences and medicine The four Balzan Prizes, two per category, are awarded to scholars, artists and scientists who have distinguished themselves in their fields on an international level. The subject areas in which the awards are granted are rotated. four prizes of 750,000 Swiss francs
National Medal of Science March chemical, physical, biological, social or behavioral sciences, mathematics, or engineering The Nation’s highest honor for American scientists and engineers presented annually by the President of the United States. medal
Thomas Ehrlich Civically Engaged Faculty Award March or April all disciplines Recognizes one senior faculty member for exemplary engaged scholarship, including leadership in advancing students’ civic learning, conducting community-based research, fostering reciprocal community partnerships, building institutional commitments to service-learning and civic engagement, and other means of enhancing higher education’s contributions to the public good. $2,000
Charles Stark Draper Prize April 1 engineering and technology The Prize honors an engineer whose accomplishment has significantly impacted society by improving the quality of life, providing the ability to live freely and comfortably, and/or permitting the access to information. $500,000
Materials Research Society Von Hippel Award April 1 materials research Recognizes those qualities most prized by materials scientists and engineers — brilliance and originality of intellect, combined with vision that transcends the boundaries of conventional scientific disciplines. $10,000, honorary membership, and trophy
U.S. Professors of the Year Program April undergraduate education Sponsored by CASE and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, the only national program to recognize excellence in undergraduate teaching and mentoring. $5,000 and certificate
World Food Prize May 1 any field involved in the world food supply The foremost international award recognizing the achievements of individuals who have advanced human development by improving the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world. $250,000
National Medal of Technology and Innovation June technological achievement 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, companies or divisions of companies for their outstanding contributions to America’s economic, environmental and social well-being.. medal
National Humanities Medal June (may vary) humanities The National Humanities Medal honors individuals or groups whose work has deepened the nation’s understanding of the humanities and broadened our citizens’ engagement with history, literature, languages, philosophy, and other humanities subjects. medal
Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award June (may vary) science and engineering Bestowed by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy to mid-career scientists and engineers in recognition of exceptional scientific, technical, and/or engineering achievements related to the broad missions of DOE and its programs. citation, medal, $20,000 honorarium
Enrico Fermi Award June (may vary) energy science and technology By the President of the United States to an individual or individuals of international stature in recognition of exceptional scientific, technical, engineering, and/or management achievements related to the broad missions of DOE and its programs. $50,000 honorarium, medal, citation
Millennium Technology Prize July 31 every two years all fields of technology Awarded to groundbreaking technological innovations that enhance the quality of people’s lives in a sustainable manner. prize worth 1 million euros
Wolf Prizes to Promote Science and Art for the Benefit of Mankind August 31 agriculture, chemistry, mathematics, medicine, physics; architecture, music, painting, sculpture Since 1978, five or six prizes have been awarded annually in the Sciences. In the Arts, the prize rotates annually among the four fields. $100,000 and certificate in each field
Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement September environmental science, environmental health and energy Prizes are awarded for any one of the following: the protection, maintenance, improvement or understanding of an ecological or an environmental condition anywhere in the world; the discovery, further development, improvement, or understanding of known or new sources of energy; medical discoveries or achievements with such worldwide implications that they significantly benefit environmental aspects of human health. $200,000 and gold medallion
National Science Board Vannevar Bush Award October science and technology Honors truly exceptional lifelong leaders in science and technology who have made substantial contributions to the welfare of the Nation through public service activities in science, technology, and public policy. medal
NSF Alan T. Waterman Award late October any field of science or engineering supported by NSF A candidate should have demonstrated exceptional individual achievement in scientific or engineering research of sufficient quality, originality, innovation, and significant impact on the field so as to situate him or her as a leader among peers. Candidates must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, 35 years of age or younger, or not more than seven years beyond receipt of their Ph.D. degree by December 31 of the year in which they are nominated. $1,000,000 over a five year period and medal
Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teaching November 1 biennially teaching Designed to honor great teachers, to stimulate discussion in the academy about the value of teaching, and to encourage departments and institutions to value their own great teachers. $265,000, travel and lodging, and $35,000 for home department for winner; $15,000 and $10,000 for home department for 2 other finalists
Lemelson-MIT Prize November invention The Prize recognizes individuals who translate their ideas into inventions that improve the world in which we live. The prize is awarded to outstanding mid-career inventors, who have developed a patented product or process of significant value to society, which has been adopted for practical use, or has a high probability of being adopted. $500,000
Dan David Prize November 30 varies each year The Prize recognizes and encourages innovative and interdisciplinary research that cuts across traditional boundaries and paradigms. It aims to foster universal values of excellence, creativity, justice, democracy and progress and to promote the scientific, technological and humanistic achievements that advance and improve our world. Each year fields are chosen within the three Time Dimensions - Past, Present and Future. three prizes of $1 million each per year
Jose Vasconcelos World Award of Education December education Granted to renowned educator, an authority in the field of teaching, or to a legislator of education policies who has had a significant influence on the advancement in the scope of culture for mankind. diploma, commemorative medal, and $10,000
Albert Einstein World Award of Science December scientific and technological R&D Created as a means of recognition and encouragement for scientific and technological research and development. It takes into special consideration research which has brought true benefit and wellbeing to mankind. diploma, commemorative medal, and $10,000
Berthold Leibinger Innovationspreis December 31 every two years laser technology Honors scientists and developers who make advancements in the field of laser technology. The award is made every two years for excellent research and development work on the application or generation of laser light. three prizes: 30,000 20,000, and 10,000 Euros