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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.


  • 2018 Awards Recipients to be Announced in January
    The 2018 awards recipients will be announced in January 2018. Look for announcements on social media and this website. See the 2018 awards»
  • New Award Announced: Michael and Sheila Held Prize 
    The Prize honors research in the areas of combinatorial and discrete optimization, or related parts of computer science, such as the design and analysis of algorithms and complexity theory. This $100,000 Prize was established by the bequest of Michael and Sheila Held, and will be presented annually beginning in 2018. Read More»
  • 2017 NAS Awards Ceremony Recording Available
    The 2017 NAS awards were presented during a ceremony at the NAS 154th Annual Meeting on Sunday, April 30. Watch the Ceremony»

Featured Award

NAS Award for Scientific Reviewing

The NAS Award in Chemical Sciences is presented annually to honor innovative research in the chemical sciences that contributes to a better understanding of the natural sciences and to the benefit of humanity. The award is presented with a medal and a $15,000 cash prize.

The NAS Award in Chemical Sciences was first awarded in 1979 to Linus Pauling, one of the most influential scientists of the twentieth century. The NAS Award in Chemical Sciences award continues to recognize some of the greatest chemists in the past few decades as 14 recipients have been honored with a National Medal of Science and six recipients have received a Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

Armand Paul Alivisatos received the 2017 NAS Award in Chemical Sciences. Alivisatos is a pioneer in the field of nanotechnology, with work that has had important ramifications for the development of renewable energy, biomedical imaging, light-emitting devices, and other fields. Early in his career, Alivisatos made critical contributions to the development of quantum dots, a new class of materials which became a fundamental building block in nanoscience. This led Alivisatos and his collaborators to apply these discoveries to biomedical imaging and, later, to a new generation of displays and new types of solar cells. His work has also led to innovations in the control of nanocrystals, and the graphene liquid cell for use in electron microscopy. Read more about Alivisatos's work.»

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