Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science -- Theme: Ecosystem Restoration

Funding Agency:
Franklin Institute

The Franklin Institute seeks nominations for the 2025 Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science of individuals who have made significant scientific contributions to the development of policies and approaches that promote ecosystem restoration and mitigate ecosystem degradation. The United Nations has declared 2021–2030 to be the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration to highlight the critical need to prevent, halt, and reverse the degradation of ecosystems throughout the world as ways to help end poverty, combat climate change, and prevent extinctions. The quality of life on our planet in the 21st century and beyond depends on the successful preservation and restoration of ecosystems.

Nominations should recognize contributions to fundamental or application-oriented science with broad impact and should clearly indicate the scientific significance—innovative, technical, and/or conceptual—and the societal/economic impact of the nominee’s work.


  • Notice of intent to nominate is encouraged: Feb. 28, 2024
  • Complete Nomination: March 31, 2024

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Eligibility Requirements

  • This is an international competition for individuals who have made significant contributions in developing scientific approaches and/or policies that have enhanced the implementation of ecosystem restoration.
  • As specified by the will of Henry Bower, this award and prize must be presented to an individual, not to a group.
  • Candidates must be living, and the winner must participate in The Franklin Institute Awards Week programs, to be held in April 2025 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
  • Nominations from any individual or organization will be accepted, including self-nominations.
  • Nominations of candidates traditionally underrepresented in science and engineering are particularly encouraged.



Funding Type





Environmental & Life Sciences

External Deadline

March 31, 2024