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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.


  • 2021 Award Nominations 
    We are now accepting nominations for the 2021 Awards! Nominations can be submitted here. More information on how to submit a nomination, including FAQs, can be found here

  • 2020 NAS Election
    Previous award recipients Elizabeth Ainsworth, Silvia Arber, Anna K. Behrensmeyer, Howard Y. Chang, and Kathleen Hall Jamieson were elected into the National Academy of Sciences in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.
  • Interview with Jennifer Doudna
    In the new issue of Issues in Science & Technology, the 2018 NAS Award in Chemical Sciences recipient and NAS/NAM member Jennifer Doudna, a co-discoverer of the CRISPR/Cas9 gene-editing technology, looks back on the dramatic events that took place a little over a year ago at our Second International Summit on Human Genome Editing, where Chinese scientist He Jiankui stunned the world by presenting how he had used CRISPR to edit the early embryos of recently born twin girls in what he said was an effort to prevent them from contracting HIV. Doudna was interviewed by Bill Kearney, executive director of ONPI and Issues editor. Read the interview.

  • Carolyn R. Bertozzi Wins the 2020 Future Solvay Prize
    The 2020 John J. Carty Award recipeint  and NAS member Carolyn Bertozzi, the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Chemistry at Stanford University, is the 2020 Laureate of the Chemistry for the Future Solvay Prize for her invention of bioorthogonal chemistry—a class of chemical reactions performed in living cells and organisms. Bioorthogonal chemistry has applications from the molecular imaging of cells and drug-target identification, to the creation of next-generation biotherapeutics. The Solvay Prize is awarded every 2years to recognize major scientific discoveries with the potential to shape tomorrow’s chemistry and help human progress.Solvay created the prize in 2013 to honor founder Ernest Solvay’s lifelong support of and passion for scientific research. “Professor Bertozzi is truly reinventing scientific progress with bioorthogonal chemistry,” says Ilham Kadri, CEO of Solvay, in a statement. “We firmly believe that her work marks a spectacular, original advancement in chemistry, with likely life-saving applications in therapeutics.” 

  • Howard Y. Chang elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences 
    The 2018 NAS Award in Molecualr Biology recipient Howard Y. Chang, the Virginia and D.K. Ludwig Professor of Cancer Genomics and of Genetics, has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Chang’s research focuses on the role of epigenomics in the control of large groups of genes involved in cell cycle control, and on the study of long noncoding RNAs in biological development, cancer and aging. Read more here. 

  • 2020 Awards Ceremony 
    The Awards Ceremony was webcast live on April 26 at 4:15pm Eastern.

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