Distinguished Awards

Distinguished Achievement Awards and Honorary Societies

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


APS – Franklin Research Grants (12/3/18)
Edward M. Scolnick Prize in Neuroscience (12/15/18)
Gruber Prizes in Genetics and Neuroscience; Young Scientists Awards (12/15/18)
Kavli Prizes in Astrophysics, Nanoscience, and Neuroscience (nomination by committee, next awarded in 2020) Past Recipient: Michael Merzenich, 2016


March of Dimes Prize in Developmental Biology (TBD) Past Recipient: Shinya Yamanaka, 2010
Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize (1/22/19)
AAMC – Abraham Flexner Award (TBD)
AAMC – Award for Distinguished Research in the Biomedical Sciences (TBD)
AAMC – David E. Rogers Award (TBD)
immunoSEQ Young Investigator Awards (TBD)
LUI Che Woo Prize for World Civilisation (1/15/19)
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 (2/1/18) Past Recipient: Hani Goodarzi, 2017
National Academy of Medicine Membership (2/1/18)
Taubman Prize for Excellence in Translational Medical Research (2/1/18) Past Recipient: Stephen Hauser, 2017
Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award (2/5/18) Past Recipients: Peter Walter, 2014; Ronald Vale, 2012
Lasker~DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award (2/5/18)
Lasker~Koshland Special Achievement Award in Medical Science (2/5/18)
Harvey Prize, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology (2/7/18)
Japan Prize (2/28/18)
Paul Janssen Award for Biomedical Research (2/28/18)


Institute of Medicine FDA Tobacco Regulatory Science Fellowship (3/1/18)
Dreyfus Prize in the Chemical Sciences (TBD)
Keio Medical Science Prize (3/7/18)
Princess of Asturias Awards (3/14/18) Past Recipient: David Julius, 2010
APA – Judson Daland Prize (3/15/18)
Balzan Prize (3/15/18) Past Recipient: Shinya Yamanaka, 2010
Young Scientist Award, American Chemical Society (3/15/18)
Albany Medical Center Prize in Medicine and Biomedical Research (3/16/18)
Louis and Artur Lucian Award for Research in Circulatory Diseases (3/23/18)
Yidan Prize (3/30/18)
King Faisal International Prize for Medicine (3/31/19) Past Recipient: Shinya Yamanaka, 2011
King Faisal International Prize for Science (3/31/19)


Charles Stark Draper Prize for Engineering (4/1/18)
Joseph B. and Toby Gittler Prize (4/1/18)
National Academy of Engineering (NAE) Awards (4/1/18)
AAMC – Alpha Omega Alpha Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teacher Awards (4/6/18)
AAMC – Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award (4/6/18) Past Recipients: Elisabeth Wilson, 2015; Sharad Jain, 2004
AAMC – Herbert W. Nickens Award (4/6/18)
American Academy of Arts and Sciences* (Academy members only) (4/11/18)
American Philosophical Society – The John Hope Franklin Dissertation Fellowship
National Medal of Science (4/16/18) Past Recipients: Bruce Alberts, 2012; Stanley Prusiner, 2009; J. Michael Bishop, 2003; Herbert Boyer, 1990
Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences (4/30/18) Past Recipient: Peter Walter, 2018
The Paul Marks Prize for Cancer Research (TBD) – awarded every two years


James Irvine Foundation Leadership Awards (5/5/18) Past Recipients: Dean Schillinger, 2016; Patricia Dennehy, 2012; Steven Pantilat, 2011
National Academy of Medicine Awards and Honors (5/15/18)
Vanderbilt Prize in Biomedical Science (5/31/18) Past Recipient: Elizabeth Blackburn, 2007


Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Biomedical Science (6/11/18)
Innovators in Science Award in Regenerative Medicine (6/25/18) – Applications for this Limited Submission Program (LSP) opportunity to be vetted through UCSF's Research Development Office.
BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Awards (6/28/18)
AAAS Newcomb Cleveland Prize (6/30/18)
Vilcek Prizes in Biomedical Science (nomination by committee) Past Recipients: Lily Jan and Yuh-Nung Jan, 2017; Peter Walter, 2015
Landis Award (TBD)


Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement (7/27/18)


AAAS Award for Public Engagement with Science (8/1/18)
AAAS Award for Scientific Freedom and Responsibility (8/1/18)
AAAS Mentor Awards (8/1/18)
AAAS Philip Hauge Abelson Award (8/1/18)
Harrington Prize for Innovation in Medicine (8/28/18)


AAAS Award for Science Diplomacy (9/1/18)
International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) Young Investigator Awards (9/12/18)
Lurie Prize in Biomedical Sciences (FNIH) (9/14/18, 10 a.m.)
APS – Daland Fellowships in Clinical Investigation (9/15/18)
Wolf Prize (9/17/18)
Vannevar Bush Award (National Science Board) (9/28/18)
Tang Prize in Biopharmaceutical Science (9/30/18)
Tang Prize in Sustainable Development (9/30/18)
Wiley Prize in Biomedical Sciences (9/30/18) Past Recipient: Ronald Vale, 2012


APS – Franklin Research Grants (10/1/18)
Canada Gairdner International Awards (10/1/18) Past Recipients: David Julius, 2017; Peter Walter, 2009; Shinya Yamanaka, 2009; Elizabeth Blackburn, 1998; Stanley Prusiner, 1993; Y. W. Kan, 1984; Harold Varmus, 1984; John Clements, 1983
NAS Award in Chemical Sciences (10/1/18)
NAS Award in Molecular Biology (10/1/18)
NAS Award for Scientific Reviewing (10/1/18)
NAS – John J. Carty Award for the Advancement of Science (10/1/18)
NAS – Public Welfare Medal (10/1/18)
NAS – Troland Research Awards (10/1/18)
Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists (10/2/18) – Applications for this Limited Submission Program (LSP) opportunity to be vetted through UCSF's Research Development Office. Past Recipient: Edward F. Chang, 2015
Dickson Prize in Medicine (10/5/18)
Alan T. Waterman Award (10/22/18)
Michelson Prizes (10/29/18)
Ross Prize in Molecular Medicine (TBD)


Steven C. Beering Award for Advancement of Biomedical Science (11/2/18) – For nomination information, please contact Michelle Teng.
Warren Alpert Foundation Prize (11/2/18)
“Albert Einstein” World Award of Science (11/28/18)
Dan David Prize (11/30/18) Past Recipients: Cynthia Kenyon, 2011
Shaw Prize in Life Science and Medicine (11/30/18) Past Recipients: Ronald Vale, 2017; Peter Walter, 2014; David Julius, 2010; Shinya Yamanaka, 2008; Y. W. Kan, 2004; Herbert Boyer, 2004
Passano Award (TBD) Past Recipients: David Julius, 2010; Elizabeth Blackburn, 1999; Peter Walter, 1988 (Young Scientist Award)
Mechthild Esser Nemmers Prize in Medical Science (TBD, next awarded in 2020)


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
Heineken Prizes (TBD)
Kyoto Prize
Mechthild Esser Nemmers Prize in Medical Science – next awarded in 2020
Millennium Technology Prize – next awarded in 2020; Past Recipient: Shinya Yamanaka, 2012
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