National Medal of Science -- Nominations Accepted

Funding Agency:
National Science Foundation

Established in 1959 by the U.S. Congress, the National Medal of Science is the highest recognition the nation can bestow on scientists and engineers. The presidential award is given to individuals deserving of special recognition by reason of their outstanding contributions to knowledge in the physical, biological, mathematical, engineering, or social and behavioral sciences, in service to the Nation. These broad areas include such disciplines as astronomy, chemistry, computer and information science and engineering, geoscience, materials research, and research on STEM education.

A committee of distinguished scientists and engineers is appointed by the president of the United States to evaluate the nominees for the award. Medals are presented to recipients by the president during an awards ceremony at the White House.

Deadline for Nominations: May 5, 2024

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Eligibility Requirements

The National Medal of Science is awarded to individuals deserving of special recognition by reason of their outstanding cumulative contributions to knowledge in the physical, biological, mathematical, engineering, or behavioral or social sciences in service to the Nation. These broad areas include astronomy, chemistry, computer and information science and engineering, geoscience, materials research, and research on STEM education.

Please note the following eligibility guidelines:

  • Only individuals are eligible for a National Medal of Science.
  • You cannot nominate yourself or an immediate family member.
  • Nominees must be a U.S. citizen or national, or a permanent resident who is applying for U.S. citizenship.
  • Deceased nominees are eligible for the award until the fifth anniversary of the day of their death.
  • Nobel Prize winners are eligible for awards and are evaluated according to the same considerations as nominees who have not received a Nobel Prize.

Nominations will be carried over for a period of three years, including the year of nomination. After that time, it is possible to re-nominate an individual for consideration, if they are still eligible.

Funding Type

Award
Prize

Eligibility

Faculty

Category

Engineering and Physical Sciences
Environmental & Life Sciences

External Deadline

May 5, 2024