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.

Chronological List


AAAS Award for Science Diplomacy (9/1/19)
International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) Young Investigator Awards (9/11/19)
Lurie Prize in Biomedical Sciences (FNIH) (9/12/19)
APS – Daland Fellowships in Clinical Investigation (9/15/19)
Wolf Prize (9/16/19)
Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists (internal deadline: 9/22/19) – Applications for this Limited Submission Program (LSP) opportunity to be vetted through UCSF's Research Development Office. Past Recipient: Edward F. Chang, 2015
Vannevar Bush Award (National Science Board) (9/27/19)
Tang Prize in Biopharmaceutical Science (9/30/19)
Tang Prize in Sustainable Development (9/30/19)
Wiley Prize in Biomedical Sciences (9/30/19) Past Recipient: Ronald Vale, 2012
Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement (9/23/20)
Vanderbilt Prize in Biomedical Science (9/30/19) Past Recipient: Elizabeth Blackburn, 2007


Canada Gairdner International Awards (10/1/19) 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
APS – Franklin Research Grants (10/1/19)
Dickson Prize in Medicine (10/4/19)
Ross Prize in Molecular Medicine (10/4/19)
NAS Award in Chemical Sciences (10/7/19)
NAS Award in Molecular Biology (10/7/19)
NAS Award for Scientific Reviewing (10/7/19)
NAS – John J. Carty Award for the Advancement of Science (10/7/19)
NAS – Public Welfare Medal (10/7/19)
NAS – Troland Research Awards (10/7/19)
Heineken Prizes (10/15/19)
Alan T. Waterman Award (10/21/19)
Michelson Prizes (10/31/19) Recipients: Murad Mamedov, 2019; Kamal Mandal, 2019.


Steven C. Beering Award for Advancement of Biomedical Science (11/1/19) – For nomination information, please contact Michelle Teng.
Mechthild Esser Nemmers Prize in Medical Science (11/1/19)
Warren Alpert Foundation Prize (11/4/19)
Dan David Prize (11/30/19) Past Recipients: Cynthia Kenyon, 2011
Passano Award (11/30/19 - TBD) Past Recipients: David Julius, 2010; Elizabeth Blackburn, 1999; Peter Walter, 1988 (Young Scientist Award)
Shaw Prize in Life Science and Medicine (11/30/19 - TBD) Past Recipients: Ronald Vale, 2017; Peter Walter, 2014; David Julius, 2010; Shinya Yamanaka, 2008; Y. W. Kan, 2004; Herbert Boyer, 2004


Kavli Prizes in Astrophysics, Nanoscience, and Neuroscience (12/1/19) Past Recipient: Michael Merzenich, 2016
APS – Franklin Research Grants (12/2/19)
“Albert Einstein” World Award of Science (12/12/19)
Edward M. Scolnick Prize in Neuroscience (TBD)
Gruber Prizes in Genetics and Neuroscience; Young Scientists Awards (12/15/19)


March of Dimes Prize in Developmental Biology (1/7/19) Past Recipient: Shinya Yamanaka, 2010
LUI Che Woo Prize for World Civilisation (1/15/19)
Harvey Prize, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology (1/17/19)
Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize (1/22/19)
AAMC – Abraham Flexner Award (1/25/19)
AAMC – Award for Distinguished Research in the Biomedical Sciences (1/25/19)
AAMC – David E. Rogers Award (1/25/19)
August M. Watanabe Prize in Translational Research (1/28/19)
immunoSEQ Young Investigator Awards (1/31/19)
Japan Prize in Physics, Chemistry, Informatics, Life Science, Medicine (1/31/19)
Nobel Prizes* in Physics and Chemistry (1/31/19)
Nobel Prize* in Physiology or Medicine (1/31/19) Past Recipients: Shinya Yamanaka, 2012; Elizabeth Blackburn, 2009; Stanley Prusiner, 1997; J. Michael Bishop and Harold E. Varmus, 1989
Welch Award in Chemistry (1/31/19)


AAAS Martin and Rose Wachtel Cancer Research Award (2/1/19) Past Recipient: Hani Goodarzi, 2017
National Academy of Medicine Membership
Taubman Prize for Excellence in Translational Medical Research (2/1/19) Past Recipient: Stephen Hauser, 2017
Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award (2/4/19) Past Recipients: Peter Walter, 2014; Ronald Vale, 2012
Lasker~DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award (2/4/19)
Lasker~Koshland Special Achievement Award in Medical Science (2/4/19)
Dreyfus Prize in the Chemical Sciences (2/28/19)
Paul Janssen Award for Biomedical Research (2/28/19)


Institute of Medicine FDA Tobacco Regulatory Science Fellowship (3/1/19)
Keio Medical Science Prize (3/7/19)
Albany Medical Center Prize in Medicine and Biomedical Research (3/8/19)
Princess of Asturias Awards (3/14/19) Past Recipient: David Julius, 2010
Balzan Prize (3/15/19) Past Recipient: Shinya Yamanaka, 2010
Young Scientist Award, American Chemical Society (3/15/19)
Louis and Artur Lucian Award for Research in Circulatory Diseases (3/22/19)
Yidan Prize (3/30/19)
King Faisal International Prize for Medicine (3/31/19) Past Recipient: Shinya Yamanaka, 2011
King Faisal International Prize for Science (3/31/19)


Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences (4/1/19) Recipient: David Julius, 2019; Past Recipient: Peter Walter, 2018
Charles Stark Draper Prize for Engineering (TBD) – awarded every two years
Joseph B. and Toby Gittler Prize (4/1/19)
National Academy of Engineering (NAE) Awards (4/1/19)
AAMC – Alpha Omega Alpha Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teacher Awards (4/5/19)
AAMC – Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award (4/5/19) Past Recipients: Elisabeth Wilson, 2015; Sharad Jain, 2004
AAMC – Herbert W. Nickens Award (4/5/19)
American Academy of Arts and Sciences* (Academy members only) (4/24/19)
The Paul Marks Prize for Cancer Research (4/26/19) – awarded every two years
James Irvine Foundation Leadership Awards (4/26/19) Past Recipients: Dean Schillinger, 2016; Patricia Dennehy, 2012; Steven Pantilat, 2011
National Medal of Science (4/30/19) Past Recipients: Bruce Alberts, 2012; Stanley Prusiner, 2009; J. Michael Bishop, 2003; Herbert Boyer, 1990


National Academy of Medicine Awards and Honors (5/17/19)


Landis Award (6/1/19)
Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Biomedical Science (6/10/19) Past Recipient: Jeanne Paz, 2019
Vilcek Prizes in Biomedical Science (6/10/19 nomination by committee) Past Recipients: Lily Jan and Yuh-Nung Jan, 2017; Peter Walter, 2015
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.
AAAS Newcomb Cleveland Prize (6/30/19)
BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Awards (6/30/19)


Millennium Technology Prize (7/31/19) Past Recipient: Shinya Yamanaka, 2012


AAAS Award for Scientific Freedom and Responsibility (8/1/19)
AAAS Mani L. Bhaumik Award for Public Engagement with Science (8/1/19)
AAAS Mentor Awards (8/1/19)
AAAS Philip Hauge Abelson Award (8/1/19)
Harrington Prize for Innovation in Medicine (8/27/19)


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
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