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, and this list is not exhaustive.

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Awarding body

Nomination deadline
(where an exact date is not provided the month traditionally used for the deadline is provided for reference)

Brief description

AOGS Axford Medal

Asia Oceania Geosciences Society


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

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

A.M Turing Award

Association for Computing Machinery


Technical award given for major contributions of a technical nature to the computing community - US $1 Million

The Royal Society Awards

The Royal Society


Copley Medal
Given for an outstanding achievement in any field of the biological sciences.bb

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.

Buchanan Medal
Awarded to distinguished contributors to the biomedical 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.

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.

Gabor Medal
Awarded for acknowledged distinction of interdisciplinary work between life sciences with other disciplines.

Hughes Medal
Awarded to an outstanding researcher in the field of energy.

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.

Leverhulme Medal
For a significant contribution in the field of chemistry or engineering.

Michael Faraday Medal and Lecture
For a scientist or engineer whose expertise in communicating scientific ideas in lay terms is exemplary.

Rosalind Franklin Award and Lecture
To support the promotion of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Royal Society Armourers & Braisers’ Company Prize
For outstanding research in materials.

Royal Society Milner Award and Lecture
For outstanding achievement in computer science by a European researcher.

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.

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.

Lefoulon-Delalande Grand Prize

Lefoulon-Delalande Institut de France


Awarded to scientists who have made important contributions to cardiovascular physiology, biology, or medicine - €500 000

Welch Award in Chemistry

Welch Foundation


Awards important chemical research contributions which have had a significant, positive influence on mankind -US $500,000

IUPAC 2017 distinguished women in chemistry or chemical engineering

International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry


The award acknowledges and promotes the work of women in chemistry/chemical engineering worldwide

Wise Prize for Education

Quatar Foundation


Awarded for significant and lasting impact upon education at any level, demonstrating an inspiring and visionary approach – US $500 000

Lasker Award

Lasker Foundation


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

Keio Medical Science Prize

Keio University Medical Science Fund


Awarded in the fields of basic medicine, clinical medicine, or life sciences closely related to medicine - 10 Million Yen

L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Australia & New Zealand Fellowships

L'Oréal and UNESCO

12 March 2018

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

TWAS Prizes

The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS)

15 March 2018

Awarded to individual scientists who have been working and living in a developing country for at least 10 years in the fields of agriculutral 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)

15 March 2018

Recognising economic scientists who have been working and living in a developing country for at least 10 years - US $10 000

V. Ambartsumian international Prize

Republic of Armenia National Academy of Sciences

18 March 2018 (nominations received every other year, last awarded in 2016)

Is awarded to outstanding scientists having significant contribution in physical-mathematical sciences from any country and nationality- US $300 000

Prime Minister's Prizes for Science

Department of Industry

26 March 2018

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

The Dreyfus Prize in the Chemical Sciences

The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, Inc.

March (Biennial)

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

King Faisal International Prize

The King Faisal Foundation

1 April 2018

Prizes in different fields of science and medicine - US $200 000.

Young Tall Poppy Science Awards

Australian Institute of Policy and Science

9 April 2018

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.

TWAS-Lenovo Science Prize

The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS)

16 April 2018

Awarded to cientist living and working in the developing countries for outstanding scientific achievements in engineering sciences - US $100,000, medal and certificate

International Prize for Biology

Japan Society for the Promotion of Science

20 April 2018

Awarded to an individual who has made outstanding contribution to the advancement of research in fundamental biology. Field of 2018 is Palaeontology – 10 million Yen

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

la Fondation de la Maison de la Chimie

30 April 2018

Rewards an original work in chemistry, of benefit to mankind, society or nature – €35,000

Mahathir Science Award

Mahathir Science Award Foundation and the Academy of Sciences Malaysia


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


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

KNAW Bob Pinedo Cancer Care Award

Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences

1 May 2018

Awarded to a researcher (or team of researchers) whose contribution to (translational) cancer reserach and compassionate cancer patient - €100,000

Australian Museum Eureka Prize

Australian Museum

4 May 2018

Awarded in: research & innovation, leadership, science communication & journalism and school science
- $10 000

Bower Award and Prize for achievement in Science

The Franklin Institute

31 May 2018

Awarded to individuals who have made significant contributions to green and sustainable chemistry—chemistry focused on the technological design of chemical products and processes that reduce or eliminate the use or generation of hazardous substances – US $250,000

Prince Mahidol Award

Government of Thailand

31 May 2018

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

Premi Ramon Margalef d'Ecologia

Generalitat de Catelunya


Awarded to either individuals or to legal persons or groups that have made significant contributions to the development of the ecological sciences - €80,000

Ilse & Helmut Wachter Award

Ilse & Helmut-Wachter-Foundation of the Innsbruck Medical University


Scientific achievements in all fields of medicine – €15 000

The Georgina Sweet Awards for Women in Quantitative Biomedical Science

The University of Melbourne


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. 

BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Awards

BBVA Foundation

28 June 2018

Awarded in basic sciences (physics, chemistry, mathematics), biology and biomedicine, information and communication technologies, ecology and conservation biology, climate change - €400 000

CSL Florey Medal

Australian Institute of Policy and Science


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


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


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

NSW Premier's Prizes for Science and Engineering

NSW Government


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


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


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


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


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. - US $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


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


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


Awarding prizes for biochemistry and biophysics, medicine and environmental sciences - US $200,000 in each category

Dan David Award

Dan David Foundation


The prize covers three time dimensions - past, present and future

  • The 2018 Dan David Prize in the Past Time Dimension will be awarded to an outstanding individual or organization whose ongoing, ground-breaking research is making a significant contribution to the field of History of Science - US $1 million

  • The Dan David Prize in the Present Time Dimension will be awarded to an outstanding individual or organization in any field of the humanities or social sciences who have transformed our understanding of the moral and ethical significance of biological and medical innovations in our times - US $1 million

  • The 2018 Dan David Prize for the Future Time Dimension will be awarded to an outstanding individual or organization who has made pioneering and ground-breaking discoveries in the field of personalized medicine - 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

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 - US $500 000 for each category

Albert Einstein World Award of Science

World Cultural Council


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


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

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

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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