Keck Futures Initiative -- Communication Awards

Funding Agency:
National Academies
The Keck Futures Initiative – a program of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, with the support of the W.M. Keck Foundation – will award four $20,000 prizes in 2017 to individuals or teams (up to four individuals associated with the creation of the work being nominated) who have developed creative, original works that address issues and advances in science, engineering and/or medicine for the general public. Nominations are accepted in four categories: Book; Film/Radio/TV; Magazine/Newspaper; and Online. The winners will be honored in the Fall and are expected to attend in person.
Deadline for Nominations: Feb. 9, 2018

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

To be considered for a 2017 Communication Award, the work should have:

• be accessible and appeal to a broad, public audience;
• demonstrate clarity, creativity, originality, and accuracy;
• address issues and/or advances in science, engineering, and/or medicine;
• cover topics that have an impact on society; and
• have been published, broadcasted, or released in 2016, in the United States and in English.
Material primarily intended for children, reference books, and textbooks are not eligible for consideration. Candidates are individuals or teams of not more than four people. Academies’ employees are not eligible and posthumous awards are not permitted. This award is not for lifetime achievement; the work for which a candidate or team was nominated must have been published or broadcasted in 2016.



Funding Type



Engineering and Physical Sciences
Environmental & Life Sciences
Medical - Basic Science

External Deadline

February 9, 2018