Distinguished Awards

Distinguished Achievement Awards and Honorary Societies

The links below lead to information about distinguished honors as well as 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


King Faisal International Prize for Medicine (4/1/17) Past Recipient: Shinya Yamanaka, 2011
King Faisal International Prize for Science (4/1/17)
Joseph B. and Toby Gittler Prize (4/1/17)
Charles Stark Draper Prize for Engineering (4/1/17)
National Academy of Engineering (NAE) Awards (4/1/17)
AAMC – Alpha Omega Alpha Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teacher Awards (4/7/17)
AAMC – Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award (4/7/17) Past Recipients: Elisabeth Wilson, 2015; Sharad Jain, 2004
AAMC – Herbert W. Nickens Award (4/7/17)
National Medal of Science (4/15/16) Past Recipients: Bruce Alberts, 2014; Stanley Prusiner, 2010
American Academy of Arts and Sciences* (Academy members only) (4/26/17)
American Philosophical Society – The John Hope Franklin Dissertation Fellowship
James Irvine Foundation Leadership Awards (4/28/17) Past Recipients: Dean Schillinger, 2016; Patricia Dennehy, 2012; Steven Pantilat, 2011
The Paul Marks Prize for Cancer Research (4/28/17)
immunoSEQ Young Investigator Awards (4/30/17)


Mechthild Esser Nemmers Prize in Medical Science (5/17)
Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences (5/31/17)
Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement – nominations will open in May 2018


AAAS Newcomb Cleveland Prize (6/30/17)
Landis Award (TBD)
National Academy of Medicine – Adam Yarmolinsky Medal (TBD)
National Academy of Medicine – David Rall Medal (TBD)
National Academy of Medicine – Walsh McDermott Medal (TBD)
Vilcek Prizes in Biomedical Science Past Recipients: Lily Jan and Yuh-Nung Jan, 2017; Peter Walter, 2015


AAAS Mentor Awards (7/31/17)
Millennium Technology Prize (7/31/2017) Past Recipient: Shinya Yamanaka, 2012


AAAS Award for Public Engagement with Science (8/15/17)
Harrington Prize for Innovation in Medicine (TBD)
Wolf Prize (TBD)
Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering (TBD) – awarded every two years


Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists – Applications for this Limited Submission Program (LSP) opportunity to be vetted through UCSF's Research Development Office. Past Recipient: Edward F. Chang, 2015
AAAS Award for Science Diplomacy (9/1/17)
AAAS Philip Hauge Abelson Award (TBD)
AAAS Award for Scientific Freedom and Responsibility (TBD)
APS - Daland Fellowships in Clinical Investigation (9/15/17)
FNIH – Lurie Prize in Biomedical Sciences (TBD)
Tang Prize in Biopharmaceutical Science (9/30/17)
Tang Prize in Sustainable Development (9/30/17)
Wiley Prize in Biomedical Sciences (TBD) Past Recipient: Ronald Vale, 2012


APS - Franklin Research Grants (10/1/16)
Canada Gairdner International Awards (10/1/16)
Ross Prize in Molecular Medicine (10/7/16)
Alan T. Waterman Award (10/21/16)
Dickson Prize in Medicine (10/21/16)
Steven C. Beering Award (10/28/16) – For nomination information, please contact Stephanie Belger.
March of Dimes Prize in Developmental Biology (10/31/16) Past Recipient: Shinya Yamanaka, 2010
NAS – John J. Carty Award for the Advancement of Science (10/31/16)
NAS Award for Scientific Reviewing (10/31/16)
NAS Award in Chemical Sciences (10/31/16)
NAS Award in Molecular Biology (10/31/16)
NAS – Public Welfare Medal (10/31/16)
NAS – Troland Research Awards (10/31/16)
Vannevar Bush Award (10/31/16)
Warren Alpert Foundation Prize (10/31/16)


Passano Award (11/10/16)
Albert Einstein World Award of Science (11/28/16)
Dan David Prize (11/30/16)
Shaw Prize in Life Science and Medicine (11/30/16)


APS – Franklin Research Grants (12/1/16)
Edward M. Scolnick Prize in Neuroscience (12/15/16)
Gruber Prizes in Genetics and Neuroscience (12/15/16)
Kavli Prizes in Astrophysics, Nanoscience, and Neuroscience (not presented in 2017) Past Recipient: Michael Merzenich, 2016


Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize (1/25/17)
AAMC – Abraham Flexner Award (1/27/17)
AAMC – Award for Distinguished Research in the Biomedical Sciences (1/27/17)
AAMC – David E. Rogers Award (1/27/17)
LUI Che Woo Prize for World Civilisation (1/31/17)
Nobel Prizes* in Physics and Chemistry (1/31/17)
Nobel Prize* in Physiology or Medicine (1/31/17) Past Recipients: Shinya Yamanaka, 2012; Elizabeth Blackburn, 2009; Stanley Prusiner, 1997; J. Michael Bishop and Harold E. Varmus, 1989.
Welch Award in Chemistry (1/31/17)


Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award (2/1/17) Past Recipients: Peter Walter, 2014; Ronald Vale, 2012
Lasker~DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award (2/1/17)
Lasker~Koshland Special Achievement Award in Medical Science (2/1/17)
National Academy of Medicine Membership (2/1/17)
Harvey Prize, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology (2/7/17)
Taubman Prize (2/15/17)
Paul Janssen Award for Biomedical Research (2/28/17)
Japan Prize (2/28/17)


AAAS Martin and Rose Wachtel Cancer Research Award (3/1/17)
Albany Medical Center Prize in Medicine and Biomedical Research (3/1/17)
Institute of Medicine FDA Tobacco Regulatory Science Fellowship (3/1/17)
Dreyfus Prize in the Chemical Sciences (3/2/17)
Keio Medical Science Prize (3/7/17)
APA – Judson Daland Prize (3/15/17) – awarded every five years
Balzan Prize (3/15/17) Past Recipient: Shinya Yamanaka, 2010
Young Scientist Award, American Chemical Society (3/21/17)
Princess of Asturias Awards (3/30/17)
Louis and Artur Lucian Award for Research in Circulatory Diseases (3/24/17)
Vanderbilt Prize in Biomedical Science (3/31/17) Past Recipient: Elizabeth Blackburn, 2007
Yidan Prize (3/31/17)


AmAcad – Amory Prize (nominations are accepted from Academy Fellows only)
AmAcad – Rumford Prize (nominations are accepted from Academy Fellows only)
AmAcad – Scholar Patriot Award (nominations are accepted from Academy Fellows only)
American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship (scholarly organizations, not individuals)
American Philosophical Society – Karl Spencer Lashley Award
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
International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (applications accepted year round)
Kyoto Prize
Mechthild Esser Nemmers Prize in Medical Science (2017)
Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) (no deadline stated)
Unilever Science Prize – awarded every three years