Prestigious Prizes and Awards

Prestigious Prizes and Awards Nomination Calendar Listed by Due Date

Listed by Name (alphabetical)

NOTE: Information on this page may be based on historical data, and is subject to change. Consult the Sponsor’s website for up-to-date information on due dates and eligibility. If you discover errors or omissions on this page, please contact ResearchDev@mit.edu.

Title Sponsor Field(s) Amount Deadline Nominators
Benjamin Franklin Medal The Franklin Institute of Philadelphia Basic Science $10,000 Rolling, process takes ~ 2yrs Open. Self-nominations permitted.
Kluge Prize of the Library of Congress Library of Congress Humanities $1,000,000 January Open. Self-nominations not permitted.
Volvo Environment Prize Volvo Environment Prize Foundation Environmental Science
Conservation Biology
$215,000 January 10 Open. Self-nominations not permitted.
The Crafoord Prize (4) The Crafoord Foundation ALTERNATING YEARLY
Math & Astronomy
Geosciences
Biosciences (Ecol.)
Polyarthritis

SEK 6 million

~$622,000
January 13 Open. Self-nominations not permitted.
A.M. Turing Award Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Information Technology Computer Science $1,000,000 January 15 Open
LUI Che Woo Prize (3) LUI Che Woo Prize Limited Sustainability
Welfare Betterment
Positive Life

HKD 20 million

~$2.36M
Deferred until 2021 By invitation only. Contact us for more info.
ACM Prize in Computing Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Information Technology Computer Science $250,000 January 15 Open. Nominations confidential.
Harvey Prize Technion-Israel Institute of Technology Science and Technology
Human Health
$75,000 January 17 Open.
Pulitzer Prize Pulitzer Prize Board Literary Achievement None provided

Journalism: January 24

Books: October 15
Open.
Copley Royal Society Science £25,000
~$32,600
January 27 Open. Self-nominations not permitted.
Japan Prize Japan Prize Foundation Technology $450,000 January 31 Presidents, deans or professors of universities
Nobel Prize (6) The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences Physics
Chemistry
Medicine
Economic Sciences
Literature
Peace

Skr 9 million ~$1,100,000   

January 31 By invitation only. Contact us for more info.
Robert A. Welch Award in Chemistry Welch Foundation Chemical Sciences $500,000 January 31 Open. Self-nominations not permitted.
Lasker Award The Lasker Foundation Biology/Medicine $250,000 February 3 Open. Self-nominations not permitted.
WISE Prize for Education Qatar Foundation Education $500,000 Every two years
Previous: Feb 26, 2019
Open. Self-nominations not permitted.
Dr. Paul Janssen Award for Biomedical Research Janssen Global Services, LLC Health and Medicine
Biomedical Research (Multidisciplinary)
$200,000 February 29 Open. Self-nominations not permitted.
Princess of Austurias Princess of Austurias Foundation Arts
Social Sciences
Humanities
International Cooperation

EUR 50,000
~$55,500

March 5 Open. Self-nominations not permitted.

Keio Medical Science Prize

Keio University Medical Sciences Fund Life Sciences, Medicine ¥10,000,000 About $90,500 March 7, 2020 Open. Self-nominations not permitted.
Balzan Prize The International Balzan Prize Foundation Humanities Natural Sciences Culture Peace and Brotherhood $1,000,000 March 15 By invitation only. Contact us for more info.
Viktor Ambartsumian International Prize National Academy of Sciences Astrophysics Physics Astronomy Mathematics $50,000 March 18 By invitation only. Contact us for more info.
King Faisal International Prizes (5) King Faisal Foundation (KFF) Service to Islam
Islamic Studies
Arabic Lang. or Lit.
Science
Medicine
$200,000 March 31 Open. Self-nominations not permitted.
Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering (QEPrize) Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng) Engineering

GBP 1,000,000

~$1.3 million
April every 2 years (last cycle: 2019) Open. Self-nominations not permitted.
Biodiversity Conservation Awards Fundacinn BBVA / BBVA Foundation Conservation Biology Environ. Education or Conservation €80.000
~$88.725
April By invitation only. Contact us for more info.
Awards for Engineering Achievement and Innovation National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) Science/Tech Policy Engineering $500,000 April 1 Open. Self-nominations not permitted.
Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences Breakthrough Prize Foundation Life Sciences $3,000,000 April 1 Open. Self-nominations not permitted.
Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics Breakthrough Prize Foundation Mathematics $3,000,000 April 1 Open. Self-nominations not permitted.
Breakthrough Prize in Physics Breakthrough Prize Foundation Physics $3,000,000 April 1 Open. Self-nominations not permitted.
National Medal of Technology United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Technology None provided April 3 Open. Self-nominations not permitted.

International Cosmos Prize

Expo 90 Foundation Natural and Social Sciences, Humanities, Arts ¥40,000,000 About $360,000 April 10, 2020 By invitation only. Contact us for more info.
Dr. Josef Steiner Cancer Research Foundation Award Wallenberg Foundations
Dr. Josef Steiner Cancer Foundation
Cancer Research, Treatment or Prevention

CHF 1,000,000

~$1.03 million
April 15 Open.
National Medal of Science National Science Foundation (NSF) Science None provided April 30 Open. Self-nominations not permitted.
World Food Prize World Food Prize (WFP) Foundation Food & Ag. Science, Tech., and Security $250,000 May 1 Open. Self-nominations not permitted.
Paul Marks Prize for Cancer Research Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) Cancer Research $150,000 May 10 Open. Self-nominations not permitted.
Berggruen Prize Berggruen Institute Humanistic Science, Philosophy, Psychology $1,000,000 May 15 Open. Self-nominations not permitted.
Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science Franklin Institute Varies. 2021 Award: Decision Science $250,000 May 31  Open. Self-nominations not permitted.
Warren Alpert Foundation Prize Alpert Foundation, Warren Medical Treatment
Disease Prevention
$500,000 June Physicians and scientists. Self-nominations not permitted.
Templeton John Templeton Foundation Humanities

£1,100,000

$1.435 million
June/July Open. Self-nominations not permitted.
Gold Medal of the American Institute of Architects The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Architecture None provided. July 16 Nomination must be made by AIA member
Millennium Technology Prize Technology Academy Finland (TAF) Technology

€1 million

~$1.1 million
July 31 By invitation only. Contact us for more info.
Kyoto Prize (3) Inamori Foundation Basic Sciences
Advanced Technology
Arts and Philosophy
¥100 million
~$920,000
September By invitation only. Contact us for more info.
The Brain Prize Lundbeck European Brain Research Foundation, Grete Neuroscience €1 million
~$1.1 million
September 1 Open. Self-nominations not permitted.
Driehaus Prize for Classical Architecture University of Notre Dame Architecture $200,000 September 15 Open. Self-nominations not permitted.
Abel Prize Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters Mathematics $1,000,000 September 15 Open. Self-nominations not permitted.
Wolf Prize Wolf Foundation Science $100,000 September 16 By invitation only. Contact us for more info.
Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement University of Southern California (USC) Environmental Science $200,000 September 23 Open. Self-nominations not permitted.
Tang Prize The Tang Prize Foundation Biology/Medicine $1,300,000 September 30 By invitation only. Contact us for more info.
Dr H.P. Heineken Prize (5) Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW)

ALTERNATES YEARLY Biochem/Biophys
Cognitive Science
Environ. Science
History
Medicine

$200,000

October 15 every 2 years

Last Cycle: October 15, 2019
Open. Self-nominations not permitted.
Alan T. Waterman Prize National Science Foundation (NSF) Science $1,000,000 October 21 Institutions may nominate an unlimited number of individuals.
Pritzker Prize Pritzker family; the Hyatt Foundation Architecture $100,000 November 1 Any licensed architect or academics involved in cultural endeavors 
John Bates Clark Medal American Economic Association Economics $50,000 November 8 By invitation only. Contact us for more info.
Blavatnik Award for Young Scientists Blavatnik Family Foundation Life Sciences, PhysSci & Eng. Chemistry $250,000 November 13 By invitation only. Contact us for more info.
Dirac Medal International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) Physics $5,000 November 15 By invitation only. Contact us for more info.
Dan David Prize (3) Tel Aviv University (TAU)

Cultural Preservation
Gender Equality
Artificial Intelligence

$1,000,000 November 30 Open. Self-nominations not permitted.
Shaw (3) Shaw Prize Foundation Astronomy
Life Sci. & Medicine
Mathematical Sciences
$1,200,000 November 30 By invitation only. Contact us for more info.
Fields Medal International Mathematical Union Mathematics $15,000 December every 4 years (last cycle: 2018 Open. Self-nominations not permitted.
Chern Medal Award International Mathematical Union (IMU) Mathematics $250,000 December, every 4 years (2022 next) By invitation only. Contact us for more info.
Kavli Prize (3) Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters

Astrophysics
Neuroscience
Nanoscience

$1,000,000 December 1 Open. Self-nominations not permitted.
Dreyfus Prize Camille & Henry Dreyfus Foundation Chemistry $250,000 December 3 Open. Self-nominations not permitted.
Gruber Prize Peter and Patricia Gruber Foundation

Cosmology
Genetics
Neuroscience

$500,000 December 15 Open. Self-nominations not permitted.
Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz Int’l Prize for Water (5/2 yrs) HRH Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz Foundation Water Research
Water Engineering
SAR 1 million
~$266,000

SAR 500,000
~$133,000
December 31

Creativity Prize: Academic Institutions

Specialized Prize: self-nomination