Award Opportunities and Nomination Deadlines

The links below lead to information about distinguished honors and learned societies to which our basic, clinical, and population science faculty can be nominated. We encourage recommendation of deserving colleagues and seek to acknowledge those who have received distinguished awards.

If you intend to submit a nomination or have recently received a distinguished award, please let us know. You may use this email to assist with any necessary endorsements or approvals from your respective dean.

Nomination Deadlines


Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering (2025) – awarded every two years


Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement (8/9/24)
Lewis S. Rosenstiel Award for Distinguished Work in Basic Medical Research (8/31/24) Past Recipient: David Julius, 2019
Wiley Prize in Biomedical Sciences (8/31/24) Past Recipient: Ronald Vale, 2012


AAAS Award for Science Diplomacy (9/1/24)
Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists (internal deadline TBD) – Applications for this Limited Submission Program (LSP) opportunity to be vetted through UCSF's Research Development Office. Past Recipient: Edward F. Chang, 2015
Alan T. Waterman Award (TBD)
International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) Young Investigator Awards (9/13/24)
Harrington Prize for Innovation in Medicine (9/16/24)
American Council of Learned Societies Fellowships (9/25/24)
Michelson Philanthropies & Science Prize for Immunology (TBD) Past Recipients: Murad Mamedov, 2019; Kamal Mandal, 2019.
Vannevar Bush Award (National Science Board) (TBD)
Tang Prize in Sustainable Development (9/30/25)


Canada Gairdner International Awards (10/1/23) Past Recipients: Ronald Vale, 2019; David Julius, 2017; Peter Walter, 2009; Shinya Yamanaka, 2009; Elizabeth Blackburn, 1998; Stanley Prusiner, 1993; Y. W. Kan, 1984; J. Michael Bishop and Harold Varmus, 1984; John Clements, 1983
American Philosophical Society – Franklin Research Grants (10/2/23)
NAS Award in Chemical Sciences (10/2/23)
NAS Award in Molecular Biology (10/2/23)
NAS Award for Scientific Discovery (10/2/23) – awarded every two years; Recipient: Kevan Shokat, 2023
NAS Public Welfare Medal (10/2/23)
NAS Troland Research Awards (10/2/23)
Dan David Prize (10/11/23) Past Recipients: Cynthia Kenyon, 2011
Wolf Prize (10/12/23)
Dickson Prize in Medicine (10/13/23)
March of Dimes Richard B. Johnston, Jr., MD Prize (10/23/23) Past Recipients: Susan Fisher, 2020; Shinya Yamanaka, 2010
Millennium Technology Prize (10/31/23) Past Recipient: Shinya Yamanaka, 2012


Mechthild Esser Nemmers Prize in Medical Science (11/1/23) – awarded every two years
Warren Alpert Foundation Prize (11/8/23)
Steven C. Beering Award for Advancement of Biomedical Science (11/15/23)
Passano Award (11/15/23) Past Recipients: David Julius, 2010; Elizabeth Blackburn, 1999; Peter Walter, 1988 (Young Scientist Award)
Ross Prize in Molecular Medicine (11/15/23)
Mark Brothers Award (11/18/23)
Albert Einstein World Award of Science (11/30/23)
Shaw Prize in Life Science and Medicine (11/30/23, by invitation) Past Recipients: Ronald Vale, 2017; Peter Walter, 2014; David Julius, 2010; Shinya Yamanaka, 2008; Y. W. Kan, 2004; Herbert Boyer, 2004


American Philosophical Society – Franklin Research Grants (12/1/23)
Kavli Prizes in Astrophysics, Nanoscience, and Neuroscience (12/1/23) Past Recipients: David Julius, 2020; Michael Merzenich, 2016
Heineken Prizes (12/11/23)
Gruber Prizes in Genetics and Neuroscience (12/15/23)
Eugene M. Landis Research Award (12/15/23)
Edward M. Scolnick Prize in Neuroscience (12/15/23)
Vanderbilt Prize in Biomedical Science (TBD) Past Recipient: Elizabeth Blackburn, 2007
Dreyfus Prize in the Chemical Sciences (12/5/24) – awarded every two years


AAMC Award for Excellence in Medical Education (1/26/24)
AAMC Award for Distinguished Research in the Biomedical Sciences (1/26/24)
AAMC – Robert Wood Johnson Foundation David E. Rogers Award (1/26/24)
Japan Prize in Physics, Chemistry, Informatics, Life Science, Medicine (1/31/24)
Lurie Prize in Biomedical Sciences (FNIH) (1/31/24)
Nobel Prizes in Physics and Chemistry (1/31/24)
Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (1/31/24) Past Recipients: David Julius, 2021; Shinya Yamanaka, 2012; Elizabeth Blackburn, 2009; Stanley Prusiner, 1997; J. Michael Bishop and Harold E. Varmus, 1989
Vilcek-Gold Award for Humanism in Healthcare (TBD) Past Recipient: Jirayut “New” Latthivongskorn, 2021
Welch Award in Chemistry (1/31/24)
LUI Che Woo Prize for World Civilisation (TBD)


AAAS Martin and Rose Wachtel Cancer Research Award (2/1/24) Past Recipient: Hani Goodarzi, 2017
National Academy of Medicine Membership (2/1/24; nomination by NAM members)
Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award (2/5/24) Past Recipients: Peter Walter, 2014; Ronald Vale, 2012
Lasker~DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award (2/5/24)
Lasker~Koshland Special Achievement Award in Medical Science (2025) – awarded every two years
Lasker~Bloomberg Public Service Award (2/5/24)
Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize (2/5/24)
Switzer Prize – UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine (2/28/24)
Taubman Prize for Excellence in Translational Medical Science (paused)Past Recipient: Stephen Hauser, 2017


Joseph B. and Toby Gittler Prize (3/1/24)
Keio Medical Science Prize (3/3/24)
Princess of Asturias Awards (3/7/24) Past Recipient: David Julius, 2010
AAMC – Herbert W. Nickens Award (3/11/24)
AAMC – Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award (3/11/24) Past Recipients: Elisabeth Wilson, 2015; Sharad Jain, 2004
UCSF Society of Hellman Fellows (3/13/24)
Albany Medical Center Prize in Medicine and Biomedical Research (3/15/24)
American Philosophical Society – Judson Daland Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Clinical Investigation (3/15/24)
APS – Daland Fellowships in Clinical Investigation (3/15/24)
Balzan Prize (3/15/24) Past Recipient: Shinya Yamanaka, 2010
Alton Ochsner Award Relating Smoking and Disease (TBD)
King Faisal International Prize for Medicine (3/31/24) Past Recipient: Shinya Yamanaka, 2011
King Faisal International Prize for Science (3/31/24)
Yidan Prize (3/31/24)


American Academy of Arts and Sciences (Academy members only)
Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences (4/1/24) Past Recipients: David Julius, 2019; Peter Walter, 2018
Harvey Prize, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology (4/1/24)
National Academy of Engineering (NAE) Awards (4/1/24)
Society for Neuroscience – Peter and Patricia Gruber International Research Award (4/4/24)
AAMC – Alpha Omega Alpha Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teacher Awards (4/5/24)
Louis and Artur Lucian Award for Research in Circulatory Diseases (4/5/24)
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellows (4/17/24)
James Irvine Foundation Leadership Awards (4/26/24) Past Recipients: Dean Schillinger, 2016; Patricia Dennehy, 2012; Steven Pantilat, 2011
Charles Stark Draper Prize for Engineering (2025) – awarded every two years
Paul Marks Prize for Cancer Research (2025) – awarded every two years


National Medal of Science (5/5/24) Past Recipients: Bruce Alberts, 2012; Stanley Prusiner, 2009; J. Michael Bishop, 2003; Herbert Boyer, 1990
National Academy of Medicine Awards (5/15/24)
Chan Zuckerberg Biohub Investigator Awards (2026) – every five years


Paul Janssen Award for Biomedical Research (6/7/24) Past Recipient: David Julius, 2013
Michelson Prize Next Generation Grants (6/9/24)
Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise in Biomedical Science (6/10/24) Past Recipients: Jeanne Paz, 2019; Hani Goodarzi, 2022; Tomasz Nowakowski, 2024
Vilcek Prizes in Biomedical Science (nomination by committee) Past Recipients: Lily Jan and Yuh Nung Jan, 2017; Peter Walter, 2015
AAAS Award for Scientific Freedom and Responsibility (6/30/24)
AAAS Mani L. Bhaumik Award for Public Engagement with Science (6/30/24)
AAAS Mentor Awards (6/30/24)
AAAS Newcomb Cleveland Prize (6/30/24)
AAAS Philip Hauge Abelson Award (6/30/24)
BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Awards (6/30/24)


American Academy of Arts & Sciences: Amory Prize (reproductive biology – nominations accepted from Academy Fellows only)
American Academy of Arts & Sciences: Rumford Prize (heat and light – nominations accepted from Academy Fellows only)
American Academy of Arts & Sciences: Scholar Patriot Award (nominations are accepted from Academy Fellows only)
American Philosophical Society – The John Hope Franklin Dissertation Fellowship
American Philosophical Society – Karl Spencer Lashley Award
August M. Watanabe Prize in Translational Research (TBD)
Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals: Grants and Funding
immunoSEQ Young Investigator Awards (awarded quarterly)
immunoSEQ Women in Immune Science (WISE) Award (TBD)
Innovators in Science Award in Regenerative Medicine (TBD) – Applications for this Limited Submission Program (LSP) opportunity to be vetted through UCSF's Research Development Office.
Kyoto Prize
Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) Past Recipient: Zachary Knight, 2019
Rosalind Franklin Young Investigator Award (TBD, 2024)
Tang Prize in Biopharmaceutical Science (TBD)
Unilever Science Prize (TBD; may no longer be awarded) Past Recipient: David Julius, 2007