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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Where an exact date is not provided for a nomination deadline, the month traditionally used for the deadline is provided for reference.

Award

Awarding body

Nomination deadline

Brief description

Order of Australia Honours

Australian Government

Rolling deadline - appointments in the Order of Australia are announced on Australia Day 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. To encourage diverse representation of the community, nominations of women are being sought.

AOGS Axford Medal

Asia Oceania Geosciences Society

January

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

The Volvo Environment Prize

The Volvo Environment Prize Foundation

January

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

January

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

The Royal Society Awards

The Royal Society

January

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

January

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

Welch Award in Chemistry

Welch Foundation

January

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

January

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

Wise Prize for Education

Quatar Foundation

January

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

Lasker Award

Lasker Foundation

February

Awarded in Basic Medical Research, Clinical Medical Research, and Public Service Award
- 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

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

L'Oréal and UNESCO

March

Recognises the achievements of outstanding female scientists, 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)

March

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)

March

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

March (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

March

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

Le Grand Priz de la Fondation de la Maison de la Chemie

Fondation de la Maison de la Chimie

April

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

TWAS-Lenovo Science Prize

The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS)

April 

Awarded to scientists 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

April 

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

King Faisal International Prize

The King Faisal Foundation

April

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

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.

L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Awards

L'Oréal and UNESCO

April

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.

Letten Prize

The Letten Foundation

May

A prize for young researchers working within the fields of health, environment, development and equality in all aspects of human life. Winner is awarded 2 million NOK (approx. 215000 EUR /260000 USD)

Bower Award and Prize for achievement in Science

The Franklin Institute

May

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

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

Resilient Australia Award

Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience

May

Recognises and promotes initiatives that strengthen community disaster resilience.

Eric and Sheila Samson Prime Minister's Prize

Ministry of Science, Technology and Space

May

Awarded yearly to individual(s) for global innovation or a scientific or technology breakthrough in the field of alternative fuels for transportation - US $1,000,000

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. 

KNAW Bob Pinedo Cancer Care Award

Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences

May

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

Australian Museum Eureka Prize

Australian Museum

May

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

Science Excellence Awards South Australia

Government of South Australia

May

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

Ilse & Helmut Wachter Award

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

May

Scientific achievements in all fields of medicine – €15 000

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

Eppendorf & Science Prize for Neurobiology

Eppendorf

June

The international Eppendorf & Science Prize for Neurobiology is awarded annually to one young scientist for the most outstanding neurobiological research based on methods of molecular and cell biology conducted by him/her during the past three years - US $25,000

RACI National Awards

Royal Australian Chemical Institute

June

Awarded in five categories: Academia, Distinction, Education, Women in Chemistry and Young Scientists.

Academia

  • C.S. Piper Award is awarded to a full member of the RACI for the best published original research work carried out mainly in Australia in the fields of either soil chemistry or the mineral nutrition of plants.

  • H.G. Smith Memorial Award is awarded to a member of the RACI who has contributed most to the development of some branch of chemical science.

  • Rennie Memorial Medal is awarded for excellence in research in Chemical Science.

Distinction

  • Applied Research Award is awarded to a full member of the RACI who has contributed significantly towards the development of, or innovation through, applied research, or in industrial fields.

  • Citations is awarded to a member of the RACI who has made substantial contributions to chemistry, and especially to the progress of the profession over a period of many years.

  • Distinguished Fellowship Award is awarded in recognition of highly distinguished contributions to the profession of academia, government or industry.

  • Leighton Memorial Medal is awarded to a Chartered Member of the RACI in recognition of eminent services to chemistry in Australia in the broadest sense.

  • Weickhardt Medal: Distinguished Contribution to Economic Advancement is awarded to a full member of the RACI who has contributed significantly towards the economic advancement of the Australian economy through work in the chemistry area.

Education

  • Centenary of Federation Teaching Awards in Chemistry is awarded for recognition and reward of outstanding excellence in the teaching of chemistry in Australia at both primary and secondary school levels.

  • Fensham Medal for Outstanding Contribution to Chemical Education recognises outstanding contributions to the teaching of chemistry and science in general over an extended period.

  • RACI Chemistry Educator of the Year Award is designed to encourage developing teachers, and is open to tutors, lecturers and senior lecturers (acadmeic levels A, B and C) in teaching in undergraduate or postgraduate University courses.

Women in Chemistry

  • Margaret Sheil Leadership Award is in recognition of an outstanding female leader working a chemistry-related field including academia, teaching, and the public or private sector who has helped to inspire and mentor junior female chemists and/or help to provide a more equitable work place.

  • Rita Cornforth Leadership award is awarded to an outstanding female Early Career chemist in recognition of outstanding contribution to chemical research in any sphere, including industry, the public sector and academia.

Young Chemists

  • Cornforth Medal is awarded to the candidate who is judged to have completed the most outstanding PhD thesis in a branch of chemistry, chemical science or chemical technology under the auspices of an Australian University and whose degree has been approved, but not necessarily conferred, in the previous 13 months.

BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Awards

BBVA Foundation

June

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

June

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

NSW Premier's Prizes for Science and Engineering

NSW Government

June

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

Victoria Prize for Science and Innovation

Victoria State Government

July

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

July

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

Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize

Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science and the World Health Organisation

July

The prize aims to honour individuals or organisations with outstanding achievements in the fields of medical research or medical services - 100 million Yen

2019 Australian of the Year Awards

National Australia Day Council

July

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

Millennium Technology Prize

Technology Academy Finland

July

Awarded to individuals or research groups for disruptive technological innovations that help solve the great challenges of humankind and support sustainable growth - € 1 million

2018 Metcalf Prizes for Stem Cell Research

National Stem Cell Foundation of Australia

August

the National Stem Cell Foundation of Australia awards and celebrates two exceptional mid-career stem cell researchers with the Metcalf Prizes for Stem Cell Research. The prizes recognise and honour the exceptional contribution made to stem cell research by Emeritus Professor Donald Metcalf, AC, FRS, FAA.

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

Fonds Pacifique

Embassy of France in Canberra

September

The Embassy of France in Canberra has opened a call for projects. Co-financing projects relating to; allowing the French communities to be associated with the fight against climate change and with the risk prevention of disasters, economic and industrial project (studies of feasibility, impact, training initiatives…), sanitary safety or food safety project.

Lurie Prize in the Biomedical Sciences

National Institutes of Health (FNIH)

September

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

Wolf Prize

Wolf Foundation

September

Awarded to outstanding scientists for their achievements for the benefit of mankind in the following fields in 2019: Agriculture, Chemistry, Mathematics, Medicine - US $100,000 in each prize area

InBev-Balliet Latour Health Prize

InBev-Balliet Latour Foundation

September

The prize recognises outstanding scientific achievements in biomedical research for the benefit of human health. Theme for 2019 : Cardiovascular Diseases  - €250 000

The Abel Prize

The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters

September

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

Indigenous STEM Awards

CSIRO

September

The Indigenous STEM Awards recognise, reward and celebrate the achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and scientists who are studying and working in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) field, as well as the integral role schools, teachers and mentors have in supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in pursuing STEM education and careers. The awards also recognise the immense value of connecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students with inspirational STEM role models, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous.

Mahathir Science Award

Mahathir Science Award Foundation and the Academy of Sciences Malaysia

31 October 2018

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 agriculture; 2) tropical architecture and engineering; and 4) tropical natural resources - US $100,000

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

28 November 2018

Recognises those who have accomplished scientific and technological achievements which have brought progress to science and benefit to mankind - US $10 000

Dan David Award

Dan David Foundation

30 November 2018

Three prizes of one million US dollars each are granted annually in the fields chosen for the three time dimensions. The prizes are granted to individuals or institutions with proven, exceptional, distinct excellence in the sciences, arts, humanities, public service, and business, that have made and continue to make an outstanding contribution to humanity on the basis of merit, without discrimination of gender, race, religion, nationality, or political affiliation.

The Danone International Prize for Alimentation

Danone Institute

November - awarded every two years, last awarded 2018.

The purpose of the Danone International Prize for Alimentation is to encourage and support cutting edge, innovative and multidisciplinary scientific research in Alimentation - € 100 000

Gruber Prizes

The Gruber Foundation

December

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

José Vasconcelos Award

World Cultural Council

December

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

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