Upcoming External Recognition Opportunities

For further information on resources available through the College’s External Awards and Recognition Program, please contact John Grundy, External Award and Recognition Specialist (jgrundy@purdue.edu) or Arvind Raman (raman@purdue.edu).

1. Multi-disciplinary Awards and Recognitions

BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award
Nomination deadline: June 30 2021
The BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Awards recognize fundamental contributions in a broad array of areas including: Basic Sciences (Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics); Biology and Biomedicine; Information and Communication Technologies; Ecology and Conservation Biology; Climate Change.

Benjamin Franklin Medal
Nomination deadline: Rolling
The Benjamin Franklin Medals are awarded annually and span seven disciplines of science and engineering: chemistry, civil and mechanical engineering, computer and cognitive science, earth and environmental science, electrical engineering, life science, and physics. The subject of the candidate's research must be an invention, discovery, technological development, or a body of work reflecting extraordinary insight, skill, or creativity. Recipients of the Benjamin Franklin Medals receive an honorarium of $10,000 per award.

Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists
Limited submission internal deadline: Early October 2021 (anticipated)
The Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists consists of $250,000 in unrestricted funds to recognize young faculty demonstrating high-impact, innovative accomplishments. Candidates are evaluated in four areas: quality, impact, novelty, and promise.

National Academy of Inventors Fellow
Nomination deadline: July 31 2021
Academic inventors and innovators elected to the rank of NAI Fellow status have been nominated by their peers for outstanding contributions to innovation in areas such as patents and licensing, innovative discovery and technology, significant impact on society, and support and enhancement of innovation.

National Inventors Hall of Fame
Nomination deadline: Rolling
The National Inventors Hall of Fame honors visionaries whose patented inventions have changed our world.  Nominees must hold a U.S. patent for an invention that is groundbreaking or a significant advancement in their field. The invention has been put into widespread use and has improved societal well-being, provided economic benefits to the country and has advanced scientific understanding.

National Science Board Vannevar Bush Award
Nomination deadline: Early October 2021 (anticipated)
The Vannevar Bush Award honors truly exceptional lifelong leaders in science and technology who have made substantial contributions to the welfare of the nation through public service activities in science, technology, and public policy. 

National Academy of Science Award for the Industrial Application of Science
Nomination deadline: Early October 2021 (anticipated)
Awarded for original scientific work of intrinsic scientific importance and with significant, beneficial applications in industry. The recipient is awarded a $25,000 prize. 

National Academy of Science James Prize in Science and Technology Integration
Nomination deadline: Early October 2021 (anticipated)
The James Prize in Science and Technology Integration is presented annually and carries with it a $50,000 prize. The prize honors outstanding contributions made by researchers who are able to adopt or adapt information or techniques from outside their fields, and thus integrate knowledge from two or more disciplines (e.g., engineering, mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, biomedicine, geosciences, astronomy, or computational sciences) to solve a major contemporary challenge not addressable from a single disciplinary perspective. 

R&D 100 Award
Nomination deadline: May 31 2021
Established in 1963, the R&D 100 Awards recognize new commercial products, technologies and materials that are available for sale or license for their technological significance.

Sloan Foundation Research Fellowships
Nomination deadline: Mid-September 2021 (anticipated)
Sloan Research Fellowships seek to stimulate fundamental research by early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise. These two-year, $75,000 fellowships are awarded yearly to 126 researchers in recognition of distinguished performance and a unique potential to make substantial contributions to their field.

2. Engineering Society High Honors

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

Premier Awards
Nomination deadline: October 1 2021
5 Premier Awards including the Goddard Astronautics Award, the Distinguished Service Award, and the Public Service Award.

American Nuclear Society

National Awards
Nominations deadline: August 1 2021
16 awards in nuclear engineering including the Dwight D. Eisenhower Medal, the Landis Public Communication and Education Award, and the Young Member Excellence Award.

American Society of Civil Engineers

Norman Medal
Nomination deadline: October 1 2021
The Norman Medal recognizes a paper that contributes to either practical or research aspects of engineering disciplines.  The practical value of the contribution and its impact on engineering practice are important considerations.

Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize
Nomination deadline: October 1 2021
For notable achievements in civil engineering research by an individual who is under 40 years of age or who has worked no more than 12 years since receiving their doctoral degree.

American Society for Engineering Management

Bernard R. Sarchet Award
Nomination deadline: June 30 2021
The Bernard R. Sarchet Award is considered to be the highest honor given by ASEM. This award recognizes contributions to the Society and to the field of engineering management.

Earthquake Engineering Research Institute

Alfred E. Alquist Special Recognition Medal
Nomination Deadline: June 2021 (anticipated)
The Alfred E. Alquist Special Recognition Medal is to be presented to an individual, company, or organization that has made substantial contributions to the field of seismic safety and earthquake risk reduction, having directly affected the seismic safety of the general population.

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

IEEE Medals
Nomination deadline: June 15  2021
18 IEEE Medals in various fields of electrical and electronics engineering including the Medal of Honor; the Jack S. Kilby Signal Processing Medal; and the James H. Mulligan, Jr. Education Medal.

Society of Manufacturing Engineers

SME Gold Medal
Nomination deadline: August 1 2021
The SME Gold Medal recognizes outstanding service to the manufacturing engineering profession in technical communications through published literature, technical writings or lectures.

Society for Engineering Science

Engineering Science Medal
Nomination deadline: September 1 2021
The prize is awarded in recognition of a singularly important contribution to Engineering Science. 

SPIE

SPIE Gold Medal
Nomination deadline: July 1 2021
The SPIE Gold Medal is the highest honor the Society bestows.  Since 1977, it has been awarded in recognition of outstanding engineering or scientific accomplishments in optics, photonics, electrooptics, or imaging technologies or applications.

3. Engineering Society Achievement or Division Awards

American Concrete Institute

3 Concrete Research Council Annual Awards
Nomination deadlines: August 1 2021

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

30+ Technical Awards
Nomination deadlines: Between June 1 and October 1 2021

American Nuclear Society

8 Division Administered Awards
Nomination deadlines: Between June 1 and August 1 2021

American Institute of Chemical Engineers

AIChE Pharmaceutical Discovery, Development and Manufacturing Forum
3 Achievement Awards
Nomination deadlines: May 31 2021

AIChE Education Division
3 Achievement Awards
Nomination deadlines: June 1 2021

AIChE Particle Technology Forum
2 Achievement Awards
Nomination deadlines: May 28 2021

AIChE Environmental Division
3 Achievement Awards
Nomination deadline: June 1 2021

American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers

AE50
Nomination deadline: September 25 2021
The AE50 Award recognizes product innovations in the areas of agricultural, food, and biological systems. It honors machines, systems, components, software and services ranked highest in innovation, significant engineering advancement and impact for the markets they serve.

American Society of Civil Engineers

40 Achievement or Division Awards covering various fields of civil engineering
Nomination deadlines: Between June 1 and August 1 2021

American Society of Mechanical Engineers

20 Achievement Awards covering various fields of mechanical engineering.
Nomination deadlines:  Between August 1 and October 1 2021

SME

9 Achievement Awards in various areas of manufacturing engineering.
Nomination deadlines: June 1 or August 1 2021

Society for Imaging Science and Technology

9 Technical Achievement or Society-related Awards
Nomination deadline: October 1 2021

SPIE

20 Achievement Awards
Nomination deadlines: July 1 2021

Materials Research Society

4 Achievement Awards
Nomination deadlines: August 1 2021.

4. Engineering Society Fellows

American Ceramics Society
Nomination Deadline: September 2 2021

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Nomination Deadline: June 15 2021

American Institute of Chemical Engineers
Nomination deadline: August 1 2021

American Nuclear Society
Nomination Deadline: August 1 2021

American Society of Civil Engineers
Fellow nominations accepted anytime.

American Society of Mechanical Engineers
Nomination deadline: June 1 2021

American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering
Nomination deadline: June 30 2021

Society for Engineering Science
Nomination deadline: September 1 2021

Materials Research Society
Nomination deadline: August 1 2021