Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science -- Theme: Decision Making

Funding Agency:
Franklin Institute

The Franklin Institute seeks nominations for the 2021 Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science of individuals who have made significant contributions to the scientific understanding of decision-making. The interdisciplinary field of decision-making integrates theory and methods from economics, psychology, neuroscience, computer science, and related areas to understand the mechanisms through which individuals and groups choose among competing possibilities and how these mechanisms guide behavior. Nominations are encouraged in, but not limited to, the following subtopics and their intersections:

  • Psychological insights: mechanisms, development, context-dependence, individual differences, cultural variation, evolution

  • Modeling of individual or group choice behavior: valuation, social preferences, impulsivity, strategy, network models

  • Neurobiological mechanisms: human neuroscience, model organisms, behavioral neuroscience, genetic approaches, comparative approaches

  • Clinical approaches: pharmacology, psychiatric disorders, neuropsychological conditions

  • Development of interventions to improve individual and/or group decision-making outcomes

  • Broad applications: artificial intelligence, courts/law, education, finance, health/medicine, government/public policy, intelligence, labor, technology

Nominations should clearly indicate the scientific impact—innovative, technical, and/or conceptual—and, when applicable, the societal and/or economic impact of the nominee’s work.

Deadlines:

  • Notice of intent to nominate is encouraged: April 30, 2020
  • Complete Nomination: May 31, 2020

Agency Website

Areas of Interest

Theme: Decision-Making

Eligibility Requirements

  • This is an international competition for individuals who have made significant contributions to research in decision-making and/or its applications.

  • This award and prize must be presented to an individual, as specified by the will of Henry Bower.

  • Candidates must be living, and the winner must participate in The Franklin Institute Awards Week programs, to be held in April 2021 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.

  • Nominations from any individual or organization will be accepted, including self-nominations.

Amount

$250,000

Funding Type

Award
Prize

Eligibility

Faculty

Category

Engineering and Physical Sciences
Interdisciplinary
Medical
Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational
Social Sciences

External Deadline

May 31, 2020