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. The goal of this resource is to ensure that we encourage recommendation of deserving colleagues and 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


APS – Franklin Research Grants (10/1/20)
Canada Gairdner International Awards (10/1/20) 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
NAS Award in Chemical Sciences (10/5/20)
NAS Award in Molecular Biology (10/5/20)
NAS – Public Welfare Medal (10/5/20)
NAS – Troland Research Awards (10/5/20)
Dickson Prize in Medicine (10/16/2020)
Ross Prize in Molecular Medicine (10/16/20)
Alan T. Waterman Award (10/21/2020)
Heineken Prizes (TBD)
Michelson Prizes (TBD) Past Recipients: Murad Mamedov, 2019; Kamal Mandal, 2019.


Mechthild Esser Nemmers Prize in Medical Science (TBD)
Warren Alpert Foundation Prize (11/3/20)
Mark Brothers Award (TBD)
Steven C. Beering Award for Advancement of Biomedical Science (TBD) – For nomination information, please contact Michelle Teng.
Dan David Prize (11/30/20) Past Recipients: Cynthia Kenyon, 2011
Passano Award (11/30/20) Past Recipients: David Julius, 2010; Elizabeth Blackburn, 1999; Peter Walter, 1988 (Young Scientist Award)
Shaw Prize in Life Science and Medicine (11/30/20) Past Recipients: Ronald Vale, 2017; Peter Walter, 2014; David Julius, 2010; Shinya Yamanaka, 2008; Y. W. Kan, 2004; Herbert Boyer, 2004


APS – Franklin Research Grants (12/1/20)
“Albert Einstein” World Award of Science (TBD)
Dreyfus Prize in the Chemical Sciences (12/3/20) – awarded every two years
Gruber Prizes in Genetics and Neuroscience; Young Scientists Awards (12/15/20)
Kavli Prizes in Astrophysics, Nanoscience, and Neuroscience (TBD) Recipient: David Julius, 2020; Past Recipient: Michael Merzenich, 2016
March of Dimes and Richard B. Johnston, Jr., MD Prize in Developmental Biology (TBD) Recipient: Susan Fisher, 2020; Past Recipient: Shinya Yamanaka, 2010
Edward M. Scolnick Prize in Neuroscience (TBD)


LUI Che Woo Prize for World Civilisation (TBD)
Harvey Prize, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology (TBD)
Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize (1/22/20)
AAMC – Abraham Flexner Award (1/24/20)
AAMC – Award for Distinguished Research in the Biomedical Sciences (1/24/20)
AAMC – Robert Wood Johnson Foundation David E. Rogers Award (1/24/20)
August M. Watanabe Prize in Translational Research (TBD)
immunoSEQ Young Investigator Award (1/31/20)
Japan Prize in Physics, Chemistry, Informatics, Life Science, Medicine (1/31/20)
Nobel Prizes* in Physics and Chemistry (1/31/20)
Nobel Prize* in Physiology or Medicine (1/31/20) Past Recipients: Shinya Yamanaka, 2012; Elizabeth Blackburn, 2009; Stanley Prusiner, 1997; J. Michael Bishop and Harold E. Varmus, 1989
Welch Award in Chemistry (1/31/20)


AAAS Martin and Rose Wachtel Cancer Research Award (2/1/20) Past Recipient: Hani Goodarzi, 2017
National Academy of Medicine Membership (2/1/20)
Vilcek-Gold Award for Humanism in Healthcare (2/2/20)
Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award (2/3/20) Past Recipients: Peter Walter, 2014; Ronald Vale, 2012
Lasker~DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award (2/3/20)
Lasker~Koshland Special Achievement Award in Medical Science (2/3/20)
Paul Janssen Award for Biomedical Research (2/29/20) Past Recipient: David Julius, 2013
Taubman Prize for Excellence in Translational Medical Research (2021) – awarded every two years Past Recipient: Stephen Hauser, 2017


Institute of Medicine FDA Tobacco Regulatory Science Fellowship (3/1/20)
Princess of Asturias Awards (3/5/20) Past Recipient: David Julius, 2010
Albany Medical Center Prize in Medicine and Biomedical Research (3/6/20)
Keio Medical Science Prize (3/6/20)
Balzan Prize (3/15/20) Past Recipient: Shinya Yamanaka, 2010
Louis and Artur Lucian Award for Research in Circulatory Diseases (3/20/20)
King Faisal International Prize for Medicine (3/31/20) Past Recipient: Shinya Yamanaka, 2011
King Faisal International Prize for Science (3/31/20)
Yidan Prize (3/31/20)


American Academy of Arts and Sciences (Academy members only)
Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences (4/1/20) Past Recipients: David Julius, 2019; Peter Walter, 2018
Joseph B. and Toby Gittler Prize (4/1/20)
National Academy of Engineering (NAE) Awards (4/1/20)
AAMC – Alpha Omega Alpha Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teacher Awards (4/3/20)
AAMC – Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award (4/3/20) Past Recipients: Elisabeth Wilson, 2015; Sharad Jain, 2004
AAMC – Herbert W. Nickens Award (4/3/20)
National Academy of Medicine Awards and Honors (4/15/20)
James Irvine Foundation Leadership Awards (4/24/20) Past Recipients: Dean Schillinger, 2016; Patricia Dennehy, 2012; Steven Pantilat, 2011
National Medal of Science (TBD) Past Recipients: Bruce Alberts, 2012; Stanley Prusiner, 2009; J. Michael Bishop, 2003; Herbert Boyer, 1990
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellows (4/29/20)
Charles Stark Draper Prize for Engineering (4/1/21) – awarded every two years
Paul Marks Prize for Cancer Research (TBD - 2021) – awarded every two years


No deadlines this month.


Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise in Biomedical Science (6/17/20) Past Recipient: Jeanne Paz, 2019
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 (6/30/20)
AAAS Mani L. Bhaumik Award for Public Engagement with Science (6/30/20)
AAAS Mentor Awards (6/30/20)
AAAS Newcomb Cleveland Prize (6/30/20)
AAAS Philip Hauge Abelson Award (6/30/20)


Eugene M. Landis Research Award (7/15/20)
BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Awards (deadline extended – 7/30/20)
Millennium Technology Prize (7/31/20) Past Recipient: Shinya Yamanaka, 2012


Harrington Prize for Innovation in Medicine (8/28/20)
Lewis S. Rosenstiel Award for Distinguished Work in Basic Medical Research (8/31/20) Past Recipient: David Julius, 2019


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 Council of Learned Societies Fellowship (scholarly organizations, not individuals)
American Philosophical Society – The John Hope Franklin Dissertation Fellowship
American Philosophical Society – Karl Spencer Lashley Award
APA – Judson Daland Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Clinical Investigation (3/15/23)
Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals: Grants and Funding
California Scientist of the Year (awarded by the California Academy of Sciences)
Garfield Award – Economic Impact of Medical and Health Research
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) (no deadline stated)
Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering – awarded every two years
Unilever Science Prize – awarded every three years – Past Recipient: David Julius, 2007


AAAS Award for Science Diplomacy (9/1/20)
International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) Young Investigator Awards (9/9/20)
APS – Daland Fellowships in Clinical Investigation (9/15/20)
Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists (internal deadline 9/16/20) – Applications for this Limited Submission Program (LSP) opportunity to be vetted through UCSF's Research Development Office. Past Recipient: Edward F. Chang, 2015
Lurie Prize in Biomedical Sciences (FNIH) (9/16/20)
Tang Prize in Biopharmaceutical Science (9/30/20)
Tang Prize in Sustainable Development (9/30/20)
Vanderbilt Prize in Biomedical Science (TBD) Past Recipient: Elizabeth Blackburn, 2007
Vannevar Bush Award (National Science Board) (9/30/20)
Wiley Prize in Biomedical Sciences (9/30/20) Past Recipient: Ronald Vale, 2012
Wolf Prize (by invitation only)
Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement (TBD, 2021) – will not be awarded in 2021