External sources of recognition

This page contains a list of prizes and awards managed by other organisations. The Academy is not responsible for the content of external organisations' websites.

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Award Awarding body Nomination deadline
(where an exact date is not provided the month traditionally used for the deadline is provided for reference)
Brief description
Lefoulon-Delalande Grand Prize Lefoulon-Delalande Institut de France January Awarded to scientists who have made important contributions to cardiovascular physiology, biology, or medicine - €500 000

The Volvo Environment Prize

The Volvo Environment Prize Foundation


Awarded to people who have made outstanding scientific achievements within the area of environment and sustainability - US $215,000

IUPAC 2017 distinguished women in chemistry or chemical engineering International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry January The award acknowledges and promotes the work of women in chemistry/chemical engineering worldwide

AOGS Axford Medal

Asia Oceania Geosciences Society


Awards outstanding achievements in geosciences and unselfish cooperation and leadership in Asia and Oceania

Welch Award in Chemistry Welch Foundation January Awards important chemical research contributions which have had a significant, positive influence on mankind -US $500,000

Le Grand Prix de la Fondation de la Maison de la Chimie

la Fondation de la Maison de la Chimie


Rewards an original work in chemistry, of benefit to mankind, society or nature.

The Royal Society Awards

The Royal Society


Premier Medals

Copley Medal
Given for an outstanding achievement in any field of the biological sciences.
Royal Medal
Given for an important discovery in the biological, physical and interdisciplinary sciences.
Croonian Medal and Lecture
Awarded to a scientist to give a lecture in their field of the biological sciences.
Bakerian Medal and Lecture
Awarded to a scientist to give a lecture in their field of the physical sciences.


Darwin Medal
For work of acknowledged distinction in evolution, population biology, organismal biology and biological diversity.
Davy Medal
For an important recent discovery in any branch of chemistry.
Leverhulme Medal
For a significant contribution in the field of chemistry or engineering.
Royal Society Armourers & Braisers’ Company Prize
For outstanding research in materials.
Royal Society Mullard Award
For individuals whose work has the potential to make a contribution to national prosperity.
Rumford Medal
For outstanding research in the field of the physics of materials.
Sylvester Medal
For the encouragement of mathematical research.
Prize lectures

Prize lectures

Ferrier Medal and Lecture
Given on a subject related to the structure and function of the nervous system.
Francis Crick Medal and Lecture
Given on any field in the biological science.
Kavli Education Medal and Lecture
For an individual who has made a significant impact on science or mathematics education within the UK.
Kavli Medal and Lecture
For outstanding research in the field of environmental science.

Michael Faraday Medal and Lecture
For a scientist or engineer whose expertise in communicating scientific ideas in lay terms is exemplary.
Royal Society Milner Award and Lecture
For outstanding achievement in computer science by a European researcher.
Royal Society Rosalind Franklin Award and Lecture
To support the promotion of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Wilkins-Bernal-Medawar Medal and Lecture
Given on a subject relating to the history of science, philosophy of science or the social function of science.

Lasker Award

Lasker Foundation February Awarded in Basic Medical Research, Clinical Medical Research, and Public Service Award
- US $250 000

The Dreyfus Prize in the Chemical Sciences

The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, Inc. March (Biennial) The Dreyfus Prize in the Chemical Sciences 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 - US $250,000
Keio Medical Science Prize Keio University Medical Science Fund March Awarded in the fields of basic medicine, clinical medicine, or life sciences closely related to medicine - 10 Million Yen
V. Ambartsumian international Prize Republic of Armenia National Academy of Sciences March (nominations received every other year, last awarded in 2016). Next nomination year is 2018. Is awarded to outstanding scientists having significant contribution in physical-mathematical sciences from any country and nationality- US $500 000
Wise Prize for Education Quatar Foundation March Awarded for significant and lasting impact upon education at any level, demonstrating an inspiring and visionary approach – US $500 000
TWAS Prizes The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) March

Awarded to individual scientists who have been working and living in a developing country for at least 10 years in the fields of agricultural sciences, biology, chemistry, earth, astronomy and space sciences, engineering sciences, mathematics, medical sciences, physics and social sciences - US $15 000 each

TWAS-Siwei Cheng Prize The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) March Recognising economic scientists who have been working and living in a developing country for at least 10 years - US $10 000
King Faisal International Prize The King Faisal Foundation April Prizes in different fields of science and medicine - US $200 000.
L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Australia & New Zealand Fellowships L'Oréal and UNESCO April Recognises the achievements of outstanding female scientsts, supporting them to continue their research and help them rise to leadership positions in their field of expertise - four Australian Fellowships and one New Zealand Fellowship, $25,000 each
Young Tall Poppy Science Awards Australian Institute of Policy and Science April Recognising excellence in early career researchers across all the sciences, alongside a passion and capacity to communicate science to the community. Nominations are for scientists under 35 years of age with between two and 10 years postdoctoral experience.
Prime Minister's Prizes for Science Department of Industry April

Nominations sought for Australia's national science and teaching awards: total pool of $750,000 in prize monies and an embossed medallion and lapel pin. 

  • The Prime Minister's Prize for Science
  • The Prime Minister’s Prize for Innovation
  • The Frank Fenner Prize for Life Scientist of the Year
  • The Malcolm McIntosh Prize for Physical Scientist of the Year
  • Prize for New Innovators
  • The Prime Minister's Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching in Primary Schools
  • The Prime Minister's Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching in Secondary Schools
International Prize for Biology Japan Society for the Promotion of Science April Awarded to an individual who has made outstanding contribution to the advancement of research in fundamental biology. Field of award in 2016 is Biology of Biodiversity - 10 Million Yen
Mahathir Science Award Mahathir Science Award Foundation and the Academy of Sciences Malaysia April Awarded to an individual or group in recognition of contributions and innovations towards solving problems in the tropics through Science, Technology and Innovation in 1) tropical medicine; 2) tropical agriculture; 3) tropical architecture and engineering; and 4) tropical natural resources - US $100,000
Science Excellence Awards South Australia Government of South Australia April Awarded to high achievers in research, industry and education in South Australia. The South Australian Scientist of the Year will receive $25 000 prize money and winners of all other categories will receive $10 000
Australian Museum Eureka Prize Australian Museum May Awarded in: research & innovation, leadership, science communication & journalism and school science
- $10 000
Premi Ramon Margalef d'Ecologia Generalitat de Catelunya May Awarded to either individuals or to legal persons or groups that have made significant contributions to the development of the ecological sciences - €80,000
Prince Mahidol Award Government of Thailand May Awarded to individual(s) or institutions(s) for their outstanding performance and/or research in medicine that contributes directly to the betterment of society. There will be one award in medicine and one in public health - US $100,000
Bower Award and Prize for achievement in Science The Franklin Institute May Awarded to individuals who have made significant contributions to understanding and quantifying perturbations of natural systems within the biosphere, atmosphere, or hydrosphere in the age of the Anthropocene
  - US $250,000
Ilse & Helmut Wachter Award Ilse & Helmut-Wachter-Foundation of the Innsbruck Medical University May Scientific achievements in all fields of medicine – €15 000
The Georgina Sweet Awards for Women in Quantitative Biomedical Science The University of Melbourne May Up to two awards of $25,000 will be made each year to Australian female researchers who demonstrate excellence in the area of quantitative biomedical science. 
CSL Florey Medal Australian Institute of Policy and Science 5 June 2017 Awarded to an Australian biomedical researcher for significant lifetime achievements in biomedical science and/or human health advancement for research conducted primarily in Australia - $50,000
Victoria Prize for Science and Innovation Victoria State Government 22 June 2017 Recognises leadership, determination and creativity, highlighting the many ways in which research and development of international significance are conducted in Victoria - $50,000
Victoria Fellowships Victoria State Government 22 June 2017 Recognises the important role of innovation in Victoria's economic future and the need for Victorians to be skilled in science, technology, engineering and mathematics - $18,000
BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Awards BBVA Foundation 30 June 2017 Awarded in basic sciences (physics, chemistry, mathematics), biomedicine, ecology and conservation biology, information and communication technologies, climate change - €400 000
NSW Premier's Prizes for Science and Engineering NSW Government 30 June 2017 The NSW Premier's Prizes for Science & Engineering recognise excellence and reward our best and brightest for cutting-edge work that has generated economic, environmental, health, social and technological benefits for New South Wales.- $100,000 total prize fund.
L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Awards L'Oréal and UNESCO June Recognizes and promotes established women scientists whose outstanding achievements have contributed to the advancement of scientific knowledge and of its benefits to society and provide support to promising young women who are already making significant contributions in their scientific disciplines. The 2017 Awards will designate five outstanding researchers in the Physical Sciences, each working in one of the following regions: Africa and the Arab States, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America & North America. Each of the Laureates will receive €100,000.
Millennium Technology Prize Technology Academy Finland July (nominations received every other year, last awarded in 2016). Next nomination year is 2018. Awarded to individuals or research groups for disruptive technological innovations that help solve the great challenges of humankind and support sustainable growth - € 1 million
Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science and the World Health Organisation July (award presented every five years, last presented in 2013). Next nomination year is 2018. The prize aims to honour individuals or organisations with outstanding achievements in the fields of medical research or medical services - 100 million Yen

2017 Australian of the Year Awards

National Australia Day Council


Celebrates the contributions of those leading Australians who excel in their chosen field or who make outstanding achievements for the betterment of others.

Queen Elizabeth Prize in Engineering The Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering Foundation August Rewards and celebrates an individual (or up to five individuals) responsible for an innovation that has been of global benefit to humanity - £1 Million
Wolf Prize Wolf Foundation August

Awarded to outstanding scientists for their achievements for the benefit of mankind in the following fields in 2017: Chemistry, Mathematics, Medicine or Physics - US $100,000 in each prize area

The Abel Prize The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters 15 September 2017

The Abel Prize recognizes outstanding scientific work in the field of mathematics, including mathematical aspects of computer science, mathematical physics, probability, numerical analysis and scientific computing, statistics, and also applications of mathematics in the sciences. - USD $1 Million

Lurie Prize in the Biomedical Sciences

National Institutes of Health (FNIH)


Recognises outstanding achievements by young biomedical research scientists - US $100 000

InBev-Balliet Latour Health Prize

InBev-Balliet Latour Foundation


The prize recognises outstanding scientific achievements in biomedical research for the benefit of human health. Theme for 2018 : Neurological Diseases - €250 000

Canada Gairdner International Awards Gairdner Foundation October Nominees whose seminal discoveries and major scientific contributions constitute an original and significant achievement in biomedical science- CN $100 000
2017 Ross Prize in Molecular Medicine The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research  October Recognises an active investigator who has produced innovative, paradigm-shifting research that is worthy of significant and broad attention in the field of molecular medicine - US $50,000 Honorarium
Heineken Prizes Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences October Awarding prizes for biochemistry and biophysics, medicine and environmental sciences - US $200,000 in each category
Albert Einstein World Award of Science World Cultural Council November Recognises those who have accomplished scientific and technological achievements which have brought progress to science and benefit to mankind - US $10 000
José Vasconcelos Award World Cultural Council November Is granted to a renowned educator, an authority in the field of teaching, or to a legislator of education policies who has had a significant influence on the advancement in the scope of culture for mankind - US $10 000
A.M Turing Award Association for Computing Machinery November Technical award given for major contributions of a technical nature to the computing community - US $1 Million
Danone International Prize for Nutrition Danone Institute November (award presented every two years, last presented in 2016). Next nomination year is 2018. Recognises a single researcher or research team leading a major advancement in nutrition science, including new concepts and research fields with potential application for human diet and health - € 120 000
Dan David Award Dan David Foundation November The prize covers three time dimensions - past, present and future -
  • The 2017 Dan David Prize in the Past Time Dimension will be awarded to an outstanding individual or organization whose ongoing, groundbreaking research is making a significant contribution to the field of archaeology and natural sciences - USD$1 million
  • The 2017 Dan David Prize in the Future Time Dimension will be awarded to an outstanding individual or organization whose ongoing research is making a groundbreaking contribution to the field of observational or theoretical astronomy - USD$1 million

Kavli Prizes

The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters

December (Biennial, next award round 2018)

Kavli prizes acknowledge outstanding scientific achievements in Astrophysics, Nanoscience and Neuroscience – US $1 million

Buys Ballot Medal The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences December (nominations received every 10 years, last awarded in 2014). Next nomination year is 2024. The Buys Ballot Medal was established to promote advancements in meteorology and is awarded once every 10 years.
Fields Medal International Mathematical Union December (nominations received every four years, last awarded in 2014). Next nomination year 2018. The Fields Medal is awarded every four years on the occasion of the International Congress of Mathematicians to recognise outstanding mathematical achievement for existing work and for the promise of future achievement - US $15 000

Gruber Prizes

The Gruber Foundation


Honours individuals in the fields of cosmology, genetics and neuroscience, whose ground-breaking work provides new models that inspire and enable fundamental shifts in knowledge and culture - USD $500 000 for each category

The Benjamin Franklin Medal The Franklin Institute Rolling deadline Awarded across seven disciplines of science: chemistry, computer and cognitive science, Earth and environmental science, electrical engineering, life science, civil and mechanical engineering, and physics - US $250 000
Order of Australia Honours Australian Government Rolling deadline - appointments in the Order of Australia are announced on Australia Day in January and on the Queen’s Birthday public holiday in June.

Nominations received from the public to recognise people who have contributed above and beyond to the Australian community or humanity at large.

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