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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.


  • NAS Award Winners Receive 2018 Nobel Prizes!

NAS member James P. Allison was jointly awarded the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Tasuku Honjo.  Allison won the Jessie Stevenson Kovalenko Medal to recognize his vast impact on cancer therapy and the evolution of the entire field of cancer immunology. His work has advanced science while improving the health and wellbeing of cancer patients worldwide, a process that continues to this day. Read more about Allison's work.

Frances H. Arnold, a member of all three Academies, won the 2018 Nobel Prize in Chemistry with two co-recipients.  NAS recognized Arnold for her pioneering work on enzymes. She developed a technique called directed evolution, which emulates natural selection through iterative application of random mutagenesis and rapid mutant screening in order to accumulate beneficial mutations. Read more about Arnold's work.

Featured Award

The NAS Award in the Neurosciences

The NAS Award in the Neurosciences is awarded every three years to recognize extraordinary contributions to the progress of the neuroscience fields, including neurochemistry, neurophysiology, neuropharmacology, developmental neuroscience, neuroanatomy, and behavioral and clinical neuroscience. The award was established by the Fidia Research Foundation and is presented with a $25,000 prize.

Mortimer Mishkin, National Institute of Mental Health, received the 2016 NAS Award in the Neurosciences for fundamental contributions to understanding the functional organization of the primate brain, including discovery of the visual functions of inferior temporal cortex, the role of the dorsal and ventral visual pathways in spatial and object processing, and anatomical descriptions of cognitive and non-cognitive memory systems.

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