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Since 1886, the National Academy of Sciences has honored outstanding achievement in the physical, biological, and social sciences through its awards program.


  • Paul Farmer to Receive 2018 NAS Public Welfare Medal
    Paul Farmer, physician, anthropologist, and humanitarian, will receive the 2018 Public Welfare Medal for “pioneering enduring, community-based treatment strategies that demonstrate the delivery of high-quality health care in resource-poor settings in the U.S. and other countries.”  The medal is the Academy's most prestigious award, established in 1914 and presented annually to honor extraordinary use of science for the public good. Read more»

  • NAS Honors 19 for Major Contributions to Science
    The National Academy of Sciences will honor 19 individuals with awards in recognition of their extraordinary scientific achievements in a wide range of fields spanning the physical, biological, and medical sciences. Read more»
  • Michael and Sheila Held Prize: Inaugural Recipients Announced
    Prasad Raghavendra of University of California, Berkeley and David Steurer of ETH Zurich are the inaugural recipients of the Michael and Sheila Held Prize for revolutionizing our understanding of optimization and complexity in computer science. They will share a $100,000 prize. Read more»

Featured Award

Pradel Research Reward

The Pradel Research Award is presented annually to recognize mid-career neuroscientists whose work is making major contributions to our understanding of the nervous system. The recipient is presented with a $50,000 research award to designate to an institution of their choice to support neuroscience research.

Silvia Arber, Biozentrum of the University of Basel and Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research in Basel, Switzerland, will receive the 2018 Pradel Research Award. Arber, one of the world’s most prominent neurobiologists, is a leading figure in the study of neuronal circuitry controlling motor behavior. Her research on the assembly, structure, and function of motor circuits has resulted in fundamental contributions to our understanding of the organizational principles of the motor system including the spinal cord and the brainstem. Read more about Arber's work.»

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