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Comprehensive list of national and international scientific awards and prizes

Alphabetical list of Distinguished Awards

Abraham Flexner Award-extraordinary contributions to the medical education community ($10,000)
The Award for Distinguished Research in the Biomedical Sciences honors outstanding biomedical research related to health and disease ($5,000)
David E. Rogers Award-The award recognizes a medical school faculty member who has made major contributions to improving the health and health care of the American people ($10,000)
Herbert W. Nickens Award– This award is given to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to promoting justice in medical education and the health care of the American people. ($10,000)
Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award honors a medical school faculty physician (M.D. or DO degree) who exemplifies the qualities of a caring and compassionate mentor in the teaching and advising of medical students. ($10,000)
Deadline: May
AAMC Awards

Albany Medical Center
Prize in Medicine and Biomedical Research For a scientist, or group, whose work has lead to significant advances in the fields of research with demonstrated translational benefits applied to improved patient care.
Amount of award: $500,000
Deadline: 2016 deadline extended to April 1)

Alliance for Lupus Research (ALR), the Lupus Foundation of America and the Lupus Research Institute (LRI)
Lupus Insight Prize

Amount of award: $200,000
The primary objective of the Lupus Insight Prize is to identify and recognize an outstanding investigator who has developed a novel research insight in scientific domains relevant to lupus. The recipient will be recognized for a major, novel insight and/or discovery with the promise of changing thinking about lupus as well as a high likelihood of generating further advances in the diagnosis and treatment of the disease.
Nomination deadline: April
American Academy of Neurology
Potamkin Prize for Research in Pick’s, Alzheimer’s, and Related Diseases

This award recognizes major contributions to the understanding of the causes, prevention, treatment, and cure for Pick’s, Alzheimer’s, and related diseases. Must be in one of the following biological disciplines: neurology, neuropathology, biochemistry, molecular biology, molecular genetics, chemistry, pharmacology, immunology, physiology or cell biology.
Amount of award: $100,000
Deadline: Oct.
American Association for Cancer Research (AACR)
There are various AACR awards (not grants) and deadlines: Overview >>
Outstanding Investigator in Breast Cancer Research (funded by the Susan G. Komen Foundation)

This prize recognizes an investigator of no more than 50 years of age whose novel and significant work has had or may have far-reaching impact on the etiology, detection, diagnosis, treatment or prevention of breast cancer.
Amount of award: $10,000
Deadline: April
American Association of Cancer Research (AACR)
Team Science Award

The AACR Team Science Award will recognize an outstanding interdisciplinary research team for its innovative and meritorious science that has advanced or likely will advance our fundamental knowledge of cancer or a team that has applied existing knowledge to advance the detection, diagnosis, prevention or treatment of cancer.
Amount of award: $50,000
Deadline: August

American Philosophical Society
Judson Daland Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Clinical Investigation
This prize ecognizes outstanding achievement in patient-oriented research.
Amount of award: $50,000.
Deadline: March*
*The next deadline will be in 2019.
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Balzan International Prizes
International Balzan Prize Foundation (Spain)

Topics vary each year.
Amount of award: 1 million Swiss francs= US
Deadline: March
(Note: the university receives an invitation and nomination instructions)
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Baylor University
The Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teaching

The recipient will teach in residence at Baylor University for one semester during the 2015 fall or 2016 spring semester, (travel expenses and furnished apartment provided).This award program is 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.
Amount of Award: $250,000 and $25,000 to their home department
Deadline: Nov.

BBVA Foundation, in collaboration with the Spanish Council for Scientific Research
Frontiers of Knowledge
These awards seek to recognize and encourage world-class research and artistic creation, prizing contributions of lasting impact for their originality, theoretical significance and ability to push back the frontiers of the known world. The Frontiers Awards honor fundamental disciplinary or supradisciplinary advances in a series of basic, natural, social and technological sciences, as listed below.
These international awards span eight categories: Basic Sciences (Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics); Biomedicine; Ecology and Conservation Biology; Information and Communication Technologies, Economics, Finance and Management; Contemporary Music; Climate Change; Development Cooperation
An institution may nominate an unlimited number of candidates, but no candidate may be nominated for more than one award category. Self-nominations are not allowed.
Amount of award: 400,000 Euros
Deadline: February


BIAL Foundation- BIAL Award
The BIAL Award has been rewarding relevant health professionals from different countries, fostering the basic and the clinical research in the area of health. Taking place every two years it is one of the most prestigious awards of scientific research in the area of health in Europe.
The BIAL Award establishes two prizes written specifically for this purpose: the “BIAL Merit Award in Medical Sciences”- designed to distinguish an intellectual written work, on any freely chosen medical topic, of high quality and scientific relevance; and the “BIAL Award in Clinical Medicine”- designed to distinguish an intellectual written work, on any freely chosen medical topic, of high quality and relevance, on clinical practice.
Cash value of the awards:
BIAL Merit Award for Medical Sciences – EUR 200,000
BIAL Award for Clinical Medicine- EUR 100,000
Distinctions (up to a maximum of four) – EUR 10,000/each
Deadline: Oct.
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Brain and Behavior Research Foundation

The Lieber Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Schizophrenia Research
$50K prize for an outstanding scientist carrying out research pertaining to the causes, pathophysiology, treatment or prevention of Schizophrenia
Goldman-Rakic Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Cognitive Neuroscience
$40K prize for an outstanding achievement in neurobiology research at the cellular, physiological and behavioral levels that leads to a better understanding of cognitive neuroscience or psychiatric disease.
Colvin Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Mood Disorders
$50K prize for or an outstanding scientist carrying out work on the causes, pathophysiology, treatment or prevention of bipolar disorder
Ruane Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Research
$50K prize for an outstanding scientist carrying out research pertaining to the causes, pathophysiology, treatment or prevention of severe child mental illness.
Deadline: May

The Breakthrough Prize Foundation

The Breakthrough Prizes were founded by Sergey Brin and Anne Wojcicki, Jack Ma and Cathy Zhang, Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan, and Yuri and Julia Milner. Selection Committees composed of previous Breakthrough Prize laureates choose the winners.
While self-nominations are prohibited, anyone may make a nomination for another person.

The Breakthrough Prizes in Life Sciences
Amount of the prizes: $3 million each (up to 5 to be awarded)
These prizes a re awarded to individuals who have made transformative advances in understanding living systems and extending human life. One prize in this category is specifically designated for work contributing to the understanding of Parkinson’s and neurodegenerative disorders.
Deadline: May

The Clinical Research Forum
Top 10 Clinical Research Achievement Awards

The Clinical Research Forum conducts a national competition to determine ten outstanding Clinical Research Accomplishments in the United States annually. These major research advances represent a portion of the annual return on the nation’s investment in the health and future welfare of its citizens. This national competition seeks to identify major advances resulting from the nation’s investment in research to benefit the health and welfare of its citizens. We invite you to nominate outstanding research projects that represent innovation, creativity and scientific advancement; contribute to the understanding of human disease and/or human physiology; and/or demonstrate impact on the prevention, diagnosis and/or treatment or increased understanding of the disease state.
Deadline: January
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Columbia University
The Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize for Biology or Biochemistry

The Award honors a scientific investigator, or group of investigators, whose contributions to knowledge in either of biology or biochemistry are deemed worthy of special recognition.
Amount of award: Honorarium and citation.
Deadline: January
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Dan David Prizes-Past, Present and Future
(topics vary)
Dan David Foundation and Tel Aviv University
$1M prize (each area). 10% of the laureate’s proceeds are donated to graduate students in their prospective fields.
The individual or institution being nominated has made and continues to make a unique, profound contribution to humanity, on a global scale, in one of the selected fields for the year in which the nomination is being made. Nominees for the Dan David Prize may be individuals or organizations. Specific and unique projects may be included if the head of the project is a nominee.
The Past refers to fields that expand knowledge of former times: 2017 topic: Archaeology and Natural Sciences
The Present recognizes achievements that shape and enrich society today: 2017 topic: Literature
The Future focuses on breakthroughs that hold great promise for improvement of our world: 2017 topic: Astronomy
Deadline: Nov.
Introduction website
Nomination guidelines
David E. Rumelhart Prize
David E. Rumelhart Prize is awarded annually to an individual or collaborative team making a significant contemporary contribution to the theoretical foundations of human cognition. Contributions may be formal in nature: mathematical modeling of human cognitive processes, formal analysis of language and other products of human cognitive activity, and computational analyses of human cognition using symbolic or non-symbolic frameworks all fall within the scope of the award.
Amount of award: $100,000
Deadline: Feb.
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Dreyfus Prize in Chemical Sciences
The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, Inc.

The prize is awarded to an individual in a selected area of chemistry to recognize exceptional and original research that has advanced the field in a major way. The prize is open to international nominations of individuals. There is no restriction on the number of nominees from a given institution, nor is institutional approval required.
Present Dreyfus Foundation Directors, Advisors, consultants, previous Dreyfus Prize winners, and Nobel Laureates are not eligible.
Amount of the award: $250,000
Deadline: March*
*the next deadline will be in 2017
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Eppendorf and Science
Prize for Neurobiology

This is an international award which honors young scientists for their outstanding contributions to neurobiological research based on methods of molecular and cell biology.
Researchers who are not older than 35 years are invited to apply
Amount of award: $25,000
Deadline: June

Gairdner Foundation
International Prizes

Amount of each award: $100,000 (CDN)
Deadline: Oct.

The Canada Gairdner International Award

The award recognizes outstanding biomedical scientists who have made original contributions to medicine with the goal of contributing through research to increased understanding of human biology and disease. The Canada Gairdner Global Health Award
Award to an individual who has made major scientific advances in any one the four areas of basic science, clinical science, or population or environmental health that have or have the potential to make a significant impact on health outcomes in the developing world

Gruber Foundation
The Genetics Prize
A $500,000 cash prize is awarded for fundamental insights in the field of genetics. These may include original discoveries in genomic organization, function, regulation, variation, and transmission.
Nominations may be submitted by individuals, organizations, and institutions that are active in or have an appreciation for contemporary genetic research or problems.
Deadline: Dec.
The Neuroscience Prize

A $500,000 cash prize is awarded to a leading scientist, or group of scientists, for distinguished work in the field of the brain, nervous system and the spinal cord.
Nominations for the Neuroscience Prize are invited annually and may be submitted by individuals, organizations, and institutions that are active in or have an appreciation for contemporary neuroscience research and study.
Deadline: Dec.

The Harrington Discovery Institute and the American Society for Clinical Innovation
Harrington Prize for Innovation in Medicine

This prize, presented by the American Society of Clinical Investigation and the Harrington Discovery Institute, is for physician-scientists who have moved science forward with achievements for innovation, creativity, and potential for clinical application.
No age or citizenship requirement
Amount of award: $20,000
Deadline: August
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Indiana University School of Medicine

Steven C. Beering Award honors an internationally recognized individual for outstanding contributions to the advancement of biomedical or clinical science.
Amount of award: $25,000
Deadline: Oct.
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International Society for Eye Research (ISER)
Four ISER prizes:
Endre A. Balazs Prize (experimental eye research)
Ernst H. Bárány Prize (ocular pharmacology)
The Ludwig von Sallmann Prize (significant contribution to vision research and ophthalmology
The Retina Research Foundation’s Paul Kayser International Award in Retina Research ($50K)
Deadline for each prize: Feb. (in even years)

Japan Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS)
International Prize for Biology

This prize is award to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of research in fundamental biology. The speciality within the field of biology chosen each year.
2017 topic:
Amount of award: 10 Million Yen
Deadline: April
The Keio University Medical Science Fund
Keio Medical Science Prize
The Keiio Medical Science Prize gives recognition to the outstanding and creative achievements of researchers in the field of medical and life sciences, in particular those contributing to scientific developments in medicine. It aims to promote worldwide advances in life sciences and medicine, to encourage the expansion of researcher networks throughout the world, and to contribute to the well-being of humankind.
Field: basic medicine, clinical medicine, or life sciences closely related to medicine
Eligibility: each nominee must be currently active in their field of research and be expected to make future contributions to the field. This prize is an international award.
Amount of award: the prize will be awarded to two laureates. Each laureate will receive a monetary award of 10 million yen (conversion approx.= $89,352 US)
Deadline: March
Online nomination form:

Lasker Foundation
The Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award honors scientists whose fundamental investigations have provided techniques, information, or concepts contributing to the elimination of major causes of disability and death.
The Lasker-DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award honors investigators whose contributions have improved the clinical treatment of patients.
The Lasker-Koshland Special Achievement Award in Medical Science honors scientists whose contributions to research are of unique magnitude and have immeasurable influence on the course of science, health, or medicine, and whose professional careers have engendered within the biomedical community the deepest feelings of awe and respect.
(The Lasker-Bloomberg Public Service Award honors men and women who have helped make possible the federal legislation and funding that supports research, and who have created public communication, public health, and advocacy programs of major importance and will be offered in 2017)
Deadline: Feb.

Lemelson-MIT Program

Lemelson-MIT Prize
This prize is awarded to outstanding mid-career inventors, who have developed a patented product or process of significant value to society, whic has been adopted for practical use, or has a high probability of being adapted. See the guidelines for eligibility.
Amount of award: $500,000
Deadline: Nov.
Lemelson-MIT Student Prizes
The Lemelson-MIT Student Prize honors promising collegiate inventors around the country.
The student prize is open to teams of undergraduate students and individual graduate students who have inventions in categories that represent significant sectors of the economy.
The “Cure It” Prize
“Cure it!” rewards students working on technology-based inventions that can improve healthcare.
The “Drive It” Prize
“Drive it!” rewards students working on technology-based inventions that can improve transportation.
The “Eat It” Prize
“Eat it!” rewards students working on technology-based inventions that can improve food and agriculture.
The “Use it” Prize

“Use it!”rewards students working on technology-based inventions that can improve consumer devices.
Eligibility: Be a full-time, matriculated, degree-seeking student in the Spring semester of 2016 at a U.S. college or university. Postdocs, audit students, and alumni are not eligible.
Undergraduate Team Prize: Be an undergraduate student-founded and led team from the same U.S. university comprised of two or more students with the majority of team members being undergraduate students. Individual undergraduate students cannot apply without a team. The student completing the application should be one of the undergraduate co-founders/leaders. Undergraduate teams apply to one prize category with a tested prototype of their single invention.
Individual Graduate Prize: Individual graduate students must have tested prototypes of at least two inventions to be eligible for the competition. Graduate students choose a primary invention from their portfolio and apply to the prize category that best matches the field/industry of their primary invention. Their second and additional (more than two, if applicable) inventions do not need to be in the same field as the primary invention. There is no Graduate Team prize.
Amount of award:
$10K- winning undergraduate team in each of the prize categories
$15K to the winning graduate student in each of the prize categories
Initial application deadline (required): Oct.
Category deadline (by invitation only): Nov.
Finalists submit videos-(by invitation only)- deadline: January

Lighthouse Guild

The Bressler Prize in Vision Science

Open to established mid-career vision clinicians or scientists whose leadership, research and service have led to important advancements in the understanding of vision loss, treatment of eye disease or the rehabilitation of people with vision loss. Nominees should be clinically and/or scientifically accomplished, yet under recognized in his/her respective fields.
Open to candidates from the United States and all countries.
Amount of award: $50,000
Deadline: Dec.
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Pisart Award in Vision Science

Open to early-career vision clinicians or scientists, generally fewer than ten years following completion of last degree or training, whose noteworthy, innovative and scholarly contributions have the potential for substantial influence in the understanding of vision loss, treatment of eye disease or the rehabilitation of people with vision loss.
Open to candidates from the United States and all countries.
Amount of award: $30,000
Deadline: Dec.
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Longitude Prize (U.K.)

Questions? Contact Tamar Ghosh at
The Longitude Prize is a 5-year challenge with a £10m prize fund to tackle one of the greatest challenges today, resistance to antibiotics. Longitude Prize celebrates the 300 year anniversary of the original longitude act, a challenge prize to determine longitude at sea. In 2014 the British PM announced the intention for a new Longitude Prize, which is the largest UK science prize, and open to global competitors. Launched in November 2014 the prize is looking for the development of a transformative point of care diagnostic that is rapid, affordable and easy to use anywhere in the world to significantly improve treatment decisions around antibiotic use. There are 130 teams in 27 countries around the world working on ideas to solve the prize, including 24 from the United States. There are 4 years to go and we’re hoping to encourage many more teams from across the US to find out more and get involved. The Prize recently announced the Discovery Awards program, to provide seed funding to those who need financial support to enter the Prize, to be launched later this year.
Teams may register anytime
Assessment deadline: May 31, 2016 (then every 4 months)
Find out more about the Prize at
Download Presentation (by Dr. Tamar Ghosh)
Dr. Ghosh can be reached at

March of Dimes
Prize in Developmental Biology
Amount of award: $250,000
Awarded to investigators whose research has profoundly advanced the science that underlies our understanding of birth defects
Deadline: Oct.
Prize webpage >>

McGill University (Montreal)
Louis and Artur Lucian Award
The Award is designed to honour outstanding research in the field of circulatory diseases by a scientific investigator or group of investigators whose contribution to knowledge in this field is deemed worthy of special recognition.
Amount of award: $60,000 (Canadian)
Deadline: March
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Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Paul Marks Prize for Cancer Research

The Paul Marks Prize for Cancer Research recognizes a new generation of leaders in cancer research, who are making significant contributions to the understanding of cancer or are improving the treatment of the disease through basic or clinical research. The prize is intended to encourage young investigators who have a unique opportunity to help shape the future of cancer research.The prize is now awarded to up to three investigators every other year. Nominees are required to be age 45 or younger on the date of the submission deadline.
Amount of award: $150,000 (awarded to up to 3 investigators)
Deadline: April (to be offered in 2017)
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National Academy of Engineering (NAE)
Download the 2016-2017 Awards guide from the NAE online nomination webpage >>
Charles Stark Draper Prize
The Draper Prize is awarded for a specific achievement or for a series of achievements in any engineering discipline, and may be awarded to an individual or a group of individuals contributing to the same achievement. Consideration will be given to achievements in all engineering disciplines.
Amount of award: $500,000
Deadline: April*
*The next deadline for this prize is in 2017.
Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ Prize
This prize recognizes achievements in bioengineering in its initial years. Examples include research, education, or product development in such areas as biomedical instrumentation, separation, and control systems; aerospace biomedical engineering; diagnostic technologies; applied genetic engineering; pharmaceutical processing; prosthetic technologies; bimolecular engineering; medical engineering and applied physiological systems
Amount of award: $500,000
Deadline: April
Bernard M. Gordon Prize for Innovation in Engineering and Technology Education
The purpose of the Gordon Prize is to recognize new modalities and experiments in education that develop effective engineering leaders. The focus is on innovations such as curricular design, teaching methods, and technology-enabled learning that strengthen students’ capabilities and desire to grow into leadership roles
Amount of award: $500,000 (half granted to recipient and the other half to the institution)
Deadline: April
National Academy of Medicine
The following prizes, previously offered by the Institute of Medicine, are now being administered by the National Academy of Medicine.
Gustav O. Lienhard Award

For outstanding achievement in improving health care services in the United States.
Amount of award: $40,000
Deadline: May

The Rhoda and Bernard Sarnat International Award in Mental Health
This prize recognizes individuals, groups, or organizations for outstanding achievement in improving mental health
Amount of award: $20,000
Deadline: May
National Board of Medical Examiners
John P. Hubbard Award

This award recognizews individuals who have made a significant and sustained contribution to the assessment of professional and competency and educational program development of any level along the continuum of medical education and delivery of healthcare.
Deadline: Sept.
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National Foundation for Infectious Diseases

The Maxwell Finland Award for Scientific Achievement
To honor scientists who have made outstanding contributions to the understanding of infectious diseases and public health.
Deadline: June
The Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Award
To honor individuals whose outstanding humanitarian efforts and achievements have contributed significantly to improving global public health through domestic and/or international activities.
Deadline: June

National Medal of Technology and Innovation
This prize recognizes 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.
The Medal is awarded annually to individuals, teams (up to four individuals), companies or divisions of companies for their outstanding contributions to the Nation’s economic, environmental and social well-being through the development and commercialization of technological products, processes and concepts; technological innovation; and development of the Nation’s technological manpower.
Deadline: April
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National Multiple Sclerosis Society
Baranicik Prize for Innovation in MS Research

This prize recognizes an exceptional scientist or a team of scientists whose work in MS research has demonstrated outstanding innovation and originality. The award is intended for early to mid-career MS researchers. Nominees should have no more than 20 years of experience as an independent investigator or team leader to be eligible.
Nomination deadline: Jan.

National Science Board (NSB)

Public Service Award

The National Science Board Public Service Award honors individuals who and groups that have made substantial contributions to increasing public understanding of science and engineering in the United States. These contributions may be in a wide variety of areas that have the potential of contributing to public understanding of and appreciation for science and engineering – including mass media, education and/or training programs, entertainment, etc.
Deadline: Oct.
Vannevar Bush Award
The Vannevar Bush Award 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.
Deadline: Oct.

National Science Foundation
The National Medal of Science Award

The National Medal of Science was established by the 86th Congress in 1959 as a Presidential Award to be given to individuals “deserving of special recognition by reason of their outstanding contributions to knowledge in the physical, biological, mathematical, or engineering sciences.” In 1980 Congress expanded this recognition to include the social and behavioral sciences.
Deadline: April
Alan T. Waterman Award

Amount of award: the awardee receives a grant of $500,000 over a three year period for scientific research or advanced study in the mathematical, physical, medical, biological, engineering, social, or other sciences at the institution of the recipient’s choice.
The annual award recognizes an outstanding young researcher in any field of science or engineering supported by the National Science Foundation. Candidates must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and must be 35 years of age or younger or not more than 7 years beyond receipt of the Ph.D. degree by December 31 of the year in which they are nominated. Candidates should have demonstrated exceptional individual achievements in scientific or engineering research of sufficient quality to place them at the forefront of their peers. Criteria include originality, innovation, and significant impact on the field.
Deadline: Oct.

The New York Academy of Medicine
The Lewis Rudin Glaucoma Prize of The New York Academy of Medicine was established in 1995 and is funded by the May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation. The prize is awarded by the Academy for the most outstanding glaucoma work published during the previous year.
Amount of award: $50,000
Deadline: June
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The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters
The Kavli Prize
This prize will be awarded for outstanding achievement in advancing our knowledge and understanding in the fields of astrophysics, nanoscience and neuroscience.
Amount of award: $1 million USD
Deadline: Dec.

Ochsner Clinic Foundation
The Alan Ochsner Award Relating Smoking and Disease

This award is for any candidate whom you believe should be honored for his or her outstanding scientific achievements relating to the role of tobacco consumption to the pathogenesis of disease. This scientific work may be clinical, fundamental, epidemiological or prevention in scope. The prime criterion for award selection is its scientific context and impact on this major health threat.
Amount of award: $15,000 will be presented to one to three individuals annually
Nomination deadline: March 31, 2016 online
The sponsor does not have a website for this award.
Download the PDF file of the announcement

The Prince of Asturias Foundation in Spain
The Prince of Asturias Awards
The Princess of Asturias Foundation in Spain is accepting nominations for the 2016 Princess of Asturias Awards, which recognize scientific, technical, cultural, social, and humanitarian achievement on an international level. Each Princess of Asturias Award comprises a Joan Miró sculpture representing and symbolizing the Award, a cash prize of € 50,000 (approx. $55,000 USD), a diploma, and an insignia.
Awards are given to an individual, group of individuals, or institutions in the following eight categories:
Social Sciences: creative work or research that represents an outstanding contribution to the benefit of humanity in the fields of History, Law, Linguistics, Teaching, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Ethics, Philosophy, Geography, Economics, Demography or Anthropology, including the disciplines corresponding to each of these fields.
Technical and Scientific Research: research, findings and/or inventions that represent an outstanding contribution to the progress and welfare of humanity in the fields of Mathematics, Astronomy and Astrophysics, Physics, Chemistry, Life Sciences, Medical Sciences, Earth and Space Sciences, and Technological Sciences, including those disciplines corresponding to each of these fields and their related techniques.
International Cooperation: public health, universal education, environmental protection, and social and economic development.
€50,000 prize
Deadline: March
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Robarts Research Institute

J. Allyn Taylor International Prize in Medicine The 2016 Taylor Prize will be granted to a scientist who has made outstanding contributions in the field of Chronic lung disease including asthma and COPD
Amount of award: $25,000
Deadline: May
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Ross Prize in Molecular Medicine
The winner will be an active investigator having produced innovative, paradigm-shifting research that is worthy of significant and broad attention in the field of molecular medicine. The winner will receive an honorarium of $50,000 USD, travel expenses to accept the award in New York, and will present the keynote lecture at the Award Ceremony and Mini-Symposium (traditionally held during the month of June).
Deadline: October

Ross Heart Hospital Accepting Nominations for Schottenstein Cardiovascular Sciences Prize
Ohio State University
This prestigious prize provides national and international recognition to a physician or biomedical scientist who has made extraordinary and sustained leadership contributions to improving healthcare; or who has successfully pursued innovative biomedical research with demonstrated translational benefits to patient care.
Deadline: Jan. TBA
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The David E. Rumelhart Prize
Robert J. Glushko and Pamela Samuelson Foundation
(human cognition)
The David E. Rumelhart Prize is awarded annually to an individual or collaborative team making a significant contemporary contribution to the theoretical foundations of human cognition. Contributions may be formal in nature: mathematical modeling of human cognitive processes, formal analysis of language and other products of human cognitive activity, and computational analyses of human cognition using symbolic or non-symbolic frameworks all fall within the scope of the award.
Nomination deadline: Feb.
Amount of award: $100,000
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The Sackler Prizes- The Raymond and Beverly Sackler International Prize in Biophysics
Tel Aviv University
Amount of the prize: $100,000
The prize is intended to promote originality and excellence of research in the field of Biophysics.
Topic for 2016: Physical Principles of Biological Systems
No age limit is applied to the nominees this year.
Nominators: Nominations for the Sackler Prize can be made by individuals belonging to one or more of the following categories: Members of the TAU Senate and Members of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities. Presidents, Rectors, Vice-Presidents, Provosts, Deans in the Natural Sciences, Medicine & Engineering. Professors of Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Medicine and Engineering in recognized institutions of higher learning and research in Israel and abroad. Sackler Prize Laureates.
Nomination deadline: June

The Shaw Prize Foundation in Hong Kong

The Shaw Prize
This prize honours individuals, regardless of race, nationality and religious belief, who have achieved significant breakthrough in academic and scientific research or application, and whose work has resulted in a positive and profound impact on mankind. 3 prizes will be offered: Astronomy, Life Science and Medicine, and Mathematical Sciences
Amount of award: $1 million
Deadline: Invitations are sent to nominators. Nov.

Society for Neuroscience Research
Website for prizes: more >>
Julius Axelrod Prize

Amount of award: $25,000
Deadline: June
The Julius Axelrod Prize was established to honor a scientist with distinguished achievements in the broad field of neuropharmacology or a related area and exemplary efforts in mentoring young scientists.
Ralph W. Gerard Prize in Neuroscience

Amount of award: $25,000
Award presented to an outstanding scientist who has made significant contributions to neuroscience throughout his or her career.
Deadline: June
Swartz Prize for Theoretical and Computational Neuroscience

Amount of the award: $25,000
Award presented to individuals who, over a period of time, have made significant contributions or advances in theoretical and computational neuroscience
Deadline: June

Jacob P. Waletzky Award
Amount of the award: $25,000
Award presented to a scientist who has conducted research or plans to conduct research in the area of substance abuse and the brain and nervous system
Deadline: June

Technology Academy Finland
Millennium Technology Award

Amount of the award: €1 million (= approximately $1.134 million USD)
Purpose: awarded to groundbreaking technological innovations that enhance the quality of people’s lives in a sustainable manner. The innovations have been applied in practice and are delivering extensive change now and in the future. The innovations stimulate further cutting edge research and development.
The award is designed to encourage further cutting-edge research and development and is not a lifetime achievement award.
This can be awarded to a single individual or to a team and is open to all nationalities.
Deadline: July
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The Tang Prizes

About the prizes: From 2014, the Tang Prize will be awarded on a biennial basis, with four cash prizes of NT$40 million (around US $1.33M) each. Should two, or up to three, candidates receive an award in the same category, the cash prize will be shared. Research projects proposed by the award winners will also receive a grant of up to NT$10million (around US $330K) to be used within five years. Prizes will go to researchers from all over the world who have made outstanding achievements in the four chosen areas.
Deadline: Sept.
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The Award categories are:

  • The Tang Prize in Sustainable Development recognizes innovation in, and application of science and technology in fields such as engineering and construction, energy, environment and ecology, which have contributed to human society and the sustainable development of the earth.
  • The Tang Prize in Biopharmaceutical Science will be awarded in recognition of original biomedical science and pharmaceutical research that has led to significant advances towards preventing, diagnosing and treating major human diseases and improving the human health.
  • The Tang Prize in Sinology recognizes the study of Sinology in its broadest sense, awarding research on China and its related fields, such as Chinese thought, history, philology, linguistics, archaeology, philosophy, religion, traditional canons, literature, and art (excluding literary and art works). Honoring innovations in the field of Sinology, the Prize showcases Chinese culture and its contributions to the development of human civilization. (Limited to ONE)
  • The Tang Prize in Rule of Law For the purpose of the Tang Prize, the Rule of Law encompasses due process and substantive justice, and champions peace, human rights, and sustainable development in order to serve the common good of humankind and nature. The Tang Prize in the Rule of Law recognizes individual(s) or institution(s) who have made significant contributions to the rule of law, reflected not only in the achievement of the candidate(s) in terms of the advancement of legal theory or practice, but also in the realization of the rule of law in contemporary societies through the influences or inspiration of the work of the candidate(s).

TED Prize
2017 TED Prize
We award TED Prize winners $1 million to inspire dreamers to think bigger about what’s possible. The award offers support to build a project’s core infrastructure quickly–so that others can add their own collaborative action. The TED Prize has helped to combat poverty, take on religious intolerance, improve global health, tackle child obesity, advance education, and inspire art around the world. TED prize nominees can be activists, scientists, artists, educators, entrepreneurs, technologists, etc. The ideal nominee is a visionary who thinks big and a strong leader with skills to make things happen. Self nominations are permitted.
Nominations are now being accepted year-round on a rolling basis.
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The Vilcek Foundation
The Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Biomedical Sciences

Unlimited numbers of nominees are permitted.
The Vilcek Foundation will award three cash prizes of $50,000 each to young foreign-born biomedical scientists who demonstrate outstanding early achievement. Eligible work may be in basic, applied, and/or translational biomedical science.
Eligible positions include: Assistant or Associate Professors, Research Scientist or equivalent.
Applicant must have been born outside of the United States. Individuals who were born in a U.S. territory (i.e., Guam, Puerto Rico) are not eligible;
Must be no more than 38 years old as of Dec. 31, 2016 (born on or after Jan. 1, 1978)
Applicant must be a naturalized citizen or permanent resident (green card holder) of the U.S.
or be a holder of an H1B or O-1 visa and have been living an working in the U.S. for at least 5 years
or have been granted a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrives (DACA)
earned a doctoral degree (M.D., Ph.D., or equivalent)
intend to pursue a professional career in the U.S.;
hold a full-time position in an academic institution or other organization.
The applicant must be directly responsible for the design and execution of the work submitted for consideration. Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows working under the supervision of a mentor are not eligible.
Deadline: June
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University of Michigan
Taubman Prize for Excellence in Translational Medical Science
This award is presented annually by the A. Alfred Taubman Medical Research Institute at the University of Michigan. It is meant to recognize work in the crucial field of translational research being conducted by the clinician-scientist who has done the most to transform laboratory discoveries into clinical applications for patients suffering from disease.
Amount of award: $100,000
Deadline: Feb.

University of Pittsburgh
Thomas E. Starlz Prize in Surgery and Immunology

Honorarium of $10,000 and travel to the University of Pittsburgh
Eligibility: Outstanding national and international leaders who have made significant contributions to the fields of organ transplantation and immunology
Deadline: May (not offered in 2015 and 2016)
PDF file of the brochure: Starzl Brochure.pdf

University of Pittsburg
Dickson Prize in Medicine

Nominees for the Dickson Prize in Medicine should be actively engaged in innovative, paradigm-shifting biomedical research that is worthy of significant and broad attention. This is a prize for someone whose career has been building, who is at an especially productive point currently, and whose research is—or will be—so influential that it deserves major recognition now. The recipient must be a U.S. citizens.
Amount of award: $50,000
Deadline: Oct.

University of Southern California
John and Alice Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement

Prizes are awarded for any one of the following:
1) the protection, maintenance, improvement or understanding of an ecological or an environmental condition anywhere in the world;
2) the discovery, further development, improvement, or understanding of known or new sources of energy;
3) medical discoveries or achievement with such worldwide implications that they significantly benefit environmental aspects of human health.
Self nominations are not accepted.
Amount of award: $200,000
Deadline: Sept.
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Warren Alpert Foundation/Harvard Medical School
Warren Alpert Foundation Prize

Awarded to one or more scientists, physicians and researchers whose scientific achievements have led to the prevention, cure or treatment of human diseases or disorders, and/or whose research constitutes a seminal scientific finding that holds great promise of ultimately changing our understanding of or ability to treat disease. The prize is open to both U.S. and non-U.S. citizens.
Amount of award: $500,000 (to be split equally if more than one awardee is selected)
Deadline: Nov.

The Welch Foundation
Welch Award in Chemistry -any person can be considered for the award who has made important chemical research contributions which have a significant, positive influence on mankind. The award is intended to recognize contributions that have not previously been rewarded in a similar manner.
Amount of award: $300,000
Deadline: Feb.
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Wiley Foundation
Wiley Prize in Biomedical Sciences

This prize is intended to recognize contributions that have opened new fields of research, or advanced novel concepts or their applications in a particular biomedical discipline.
Amount of award: $25,000
Deadline: Sept.
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Wolf Prize
Wolf Prizes in Agriculture, Chemistry, Mathematics, Medicine, Physics
The following limitations are imposed by our Rules : a person cannot be nominated by himself/herself; the prize is awarded to individuals, not institutions, and it is presented to the recipient in person in Jerusalem. The nominators are therefore requested not to propose any candidate who, to the best of their knowledge, may not be able to attend the Ceremony.
Amount of award: $100,000
Deadline: August
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World Cultural Council

2016 Health Award – Minimum Grant of $50,000. Recognizes an individual who has made a significant contribution to children in the fields of health, medicine, or the sciences. Health award honorees are not necessarily doctors or medical professionals; however, all have achieved and continue to achieve measurable accomplishments to improve the health of children around the world