Faculty Award Nominations

Listed in order of submission date.

Benjamin Franklin Medals

Deadline: Open

The Franklin Institute invites you to nominate candidates for the Benjamin Franklin Medals. From its inception, The Franklin Institute has used awards and prizes to recognize and promote excellence in science, technology, and industry. The endowed Benjamin Franklin Medals are given annually in the following seven disciplines of science:

  • Chemistry
  • Civil and Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer and Cognitive Science
  • Earth and Environmental Science
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Life Science
  • Physics

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2018 Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science

Deadline: May 31, 2017

Theme: Genome Editing
Prize: $250,000 USD

This award is presented annually by The Franklin Institute to a member of the international scientific community for outstanding work in the basic, applied, or engineering sciences. A gold medal and $250,000 cash prize are bestowed upon the individual selected to receive this distinguished award.
Each year, a unique field of study is chosen as a theme. The theme of the 2018 Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science is Genome Editing. The Franklin Institute seeks nominations of individuals who have made significant contributions to our understanding or the development of genome editing and/or its applications. Nominations may recognize contributions including, but not limited to, the discovery/elucidation of genome editing mechanisms such as those involving CRISPR, TALENs, or zinc finger nucleases; genome editing tool development; or genome editing for basic research or applied outcomes in a variety of systems (e.g. for crop improvement or medical therapeutics). Nominations must clearly indicate the scientific impact of the nominee’s work, whether conceptual, technical, or integrative.

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2017 Harrington Prize for Innovation in Medicine

Deadline: August 29, 2017

The Harrington prize honors an investigator for notable achievements in innovation, creativity, and potential for clinical application. The annual prize includes:

  • An unrestricted $20,000 honorarium
  • The Harrington Prize Lecture, delivered at the 2018 AAP/ASCI/APSA Joint meeting
  • Participation at the 2018 Harrington Discovery Institute symposium
  • A personal essay, published in the Journal of Clinical investigation


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