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


Society for Neuroscience – Peter and Patricia Gruber International Research Award (5/11/23)
National Academy of Medicine Awards (5/19/23)
National Medal of Science (5/26/23) Past Recipients: Bruce Alberts, 2012; Stanley Prusiner, 2009; J. Michael Bishop, 2003; Herbert Boyer, 1990
Chan Zuckerberg Biohub Investigator Awards (2026) – every five years


Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise in Biomedical Science (6/12/23) Past Recipients: Jeanne Paz, 2019; Hani Goodarzi, 2022
Vilcek Prizes in Biomedical Science (nomination by committee) Past Recipients: Lily Jan and Yuh Nung Jan, 2017; Peter Walter, 2015
Michelson Prize Next Generation Grants (6/11/23)
AAAS Award for Scientific Freedom and Responsibility (6/30/23)
AAAS Mani L. Bhaumik Award for Public Engagement with Science (6/30/23)
AAAS Mentor Awards (6/30/23)
AAAS Newcomb Cleveland Prize (6/30/23)
AAAS Philip Hauge Abelson Award (6/30/23)
BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Awards (6/30/23)
immunoSEQ Women in Immune Science (WISE) Award (6/30/23)


Eugene M. Landis Research Award (TBD)
March of Dimes and Richard B. Johnston, Jr., MD Prize in Developmental Biology (TBD) Past Recipients: Susan Fisher, 2020; Shinya Yamanaka, 2010
Dan David Prize (TBD) Past Recipients: Cynthia Kenyon, 2011
Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering (TBD, 2024) – awarded every two years


Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement (8/11/23)
Lewis S. Rosenstiel Award for Distinguished Work in Basic Medical Research (8/31/23) Past Recipient: David Julius, 2019
Wiley Prize in Biomedical Sciences (8/31/23) Past Recipient: Ronald Vale, 2012


AAAS Award for Science Diplomacy (9/1/23)
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
International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) Young Investigator Awards (9/15/23)
Harrington Prize for Innovation in Medicine (9/18/23)
Alan T. Waterman Award (TBD)
APS – Daland Fellowships in Clinical Investigation (TBD)
Heineken Prizes (TBD, 2023)
Tang Prize in Biopharmaceutical Science (TBD)
Tang Prize in Sustainable Development (TBD)
Vannevar Bush Award (National Science Board) (TBD)


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 (TBD)
Michelson Philanthropies & Science Prize for Immunology (TBD) Past Recipients: Murad Mamedov, 2019; Kamal Mandal, 2019.
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)
Dickson Prize in Medicine (TBD)
Wolf Prize (TBD)
Millennium Technology Prize (TBD) Past Recipient: Shinya Yamanaka, 2012


Passano Award (11/15/23) Past Recipients: David Julius, 2010; Elizabeth Blackburn, 1999; Peter Walter, 1988 (Young Scientist Award)
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
Mark Brothers Award (TBD)
Ross Prize in Molecular Medicine (TBD)
Warren Alpert Foundation Prize (TBD)
Steven C. Beering Award for Advancement of Biomedical Science (TBD)


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


AAMC Award for Excellence in Medical Education (1/27/23)
AAMC Award for Distinguished Research in the Biomedical Sciences (1/27/23)
AAMC – Robert Wood Johnson Foundation David E. Rogers Award (1/27/23)
Japan Prize in Physics, Chemistry, Informatics, Life Science, Medicine (TBD)
Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize (1/30/23)
Nobel Prizes in Physics and Chemistry (1/31/23)
Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (1/31/23) 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 (1/31/23) Past Recipient: Jirayut “New” Latthivongskorn, 2021
Welch Award in Chemistry (1/31/23)
LUI Che Woo Prize for World Civilisation (TBD)


AAAS Martin and Rose Wachtel Cancer Research Award (2/1/23) Past Recipient: Hani Goodarzi, 2017
Harvey Prize, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology (2/1/23)
National Academy of Medicine Membership (2/1/23; nomination by NAM members)
Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award (2/6/23) Past Recipients: Peter Walter, 2014; Ronald Vale, 2012
Lasker~DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award (2/6/23)
Lasker~Koshland Special Achievement Award in Medical Science (2/6/23)
Lasker~Bloomberg Public Service Award (TBD, 2024) – awarded every two years
Taubman Prize for Excellence in Translational Medical Science (paused)Past Recipient: Stephen Hauser, 2017


Princess of Asturias Awards (3/2/23) Past Recipient: David Julius, 2010
Keio Medical Science Prize (3/4/23)
Balzan Prize (3/15/23) Past Recipient: Shinya Yamanaka, 2010
AAMC – Herbert W. Nickens Award (3/17/23)
AAMC – Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award (3/17/23) Past Recipients: Elisabeth Wilson, 2015; Sharad Jain, 2004
Albany Medical Center Prize in Medicine and Biomedical Research (3/24/23)
Yidan Prize (3/30/23)
Alton Ochsner Award Relating Smoking and Disease (3/31/23)
King Faisal International Prize for Medicine (3/31/23) Past Recipient: Shinya Yamanaka, 2011
King Faisal International Prize for Science (3/31/23)
Lurie Prize in Biomedical Sciences (FNIH) (3/31/23)
Switzer Prize – UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine (TBD)


American Academy of Arts and Sciences (Academy members only)
Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences (4/1/23) Past Recipients: David Julius, 2019; Peter Walter, 2018
Joseph B. and Toby Gittler Prize (4/1/23)
Louis and Artur Lucian Award for Research in Circulatory Diseases (4/1/23)
National Academy of Engineering (NAE) Awards (4/1/23)
AAMC – Alpha Omega Alpha Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teacher Awards (4/7/23)
Paul Marks Prize for Cancer Research (4/20/23) – awarded every two years
UCSF Society of Hellman Fellows (4/24/23)
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellows (4/25/23)
James Irvine Foundation Leadership Awards (4/27/23) Past Recipients: Dean Schillinger, 2016; Patricia Dennehy, 2012; Steven Pantilat, 2011
Charles Stark Draper Prize for Engineering (2025) – awarded every two years


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 Fellowships
American Philosophical Society – The John Hope Franklin Dissertation Fellowship
American Philosophical Society – Judson Daland Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Clinical Investigation (3/15/24)
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)
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
Mechthild Esser Nemmers Prize in Medical Science (TBD, every two years)
Paul Janssen Award for Biomedical Research (TBD) Past Recipient: David Julius, 2013
Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) (no deadline stated)
Rosalind Franklin Young Investigator Award (TBD, 2024)
Unilever Science Prize (TBD; may no longer be awarded) Past Recipient: David Julius, 2007