International Awards & Honours P-Z

International Awards & Honours P-Z
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Paul Ehrlich and Ludwig Darmstaedter Prize
Deadline: March 14
The Paul Ehrlich and Ludwig Darmstaedter Prize is one of the most important and distinguished awards in biomedical research in Germany. The Prize is traditionally awarded on Paul Ehrlich's birthday, March 14, in the Paulskirche, Frankfurt. It honors scientists who have made significant contributions in Paul Ehrlich's field of research, in particular immunology, cancer research, microbiology, and chemotherapy.

Prince Mahidol Award
Deadline:  May 31
The Prince Mahidol Award Foundation was established in honour of His Royal Highness and in recognition of his exemplary contribution as “The Father of Modern Medicine and Public Health of Thailand.”

The Prince Mahidol Award, which is conferred to individual(s) or institution(s), is divided into two categories:

  1. In Medicine: for outstanding performance and/or research in the field of medicine for the benefit of mankind
  2. In Public Health: for outstanding contribution in the field of public health for the sake of the well-being of the peoples.

Each Prince Mahidol Award shall consist of a medal, a certificate, and a sum of US $100,000.

R&D 100 Awards
Deadline: June 1
Called the "Oscars of Innovation", the R&D 100 Awards recognizes and celebrates the top 100 technology products of the year. Past winners have included sophisticated testing equipment, innovative new materials, chemistry breakthroughs, biomedical products and high-energy physics. The R&D 100 Awards span industry, academia and government-sponsored research.

Ramon Margalef Prize for Ecology
Deadline: May 19
The Ramon Margalef Prize in Ecology is a prize awarded annually to recognize an exceptional scientific career or discovery in the field of ecology or other environmental science. The award has been presented every year since 2004 and comes with an honorarium of € 80,000 and a sculpture representing a microalga, called Picarola margalefii. It is open to ecologists from anywhere in the world.

Rank Prize Funds
Deadline: March 31
The trustees seek to identify those individuals who have made a significant contribution to the sciences, on the one hand of human and animal nutrition and crop husbandry and, on the other, optoelectronics, where an initial idea has been carried through to practical applications that have, or will, demonstrably benefit mankind.  In general, advances in the field of human and animal nutrition and crop husbandry take many years to prove their worth whereas in optoelectronics the time scale is sometimes remarkably short with inventions being acknowledged and marketed within a few years.

Raymond and Beverly Sackler International Prize in Biophysics
Deadline: July 15
Tel Aviv University is honored to administer the prize, which is intended to encourage dedication to science, originality and excellence by awarding outstanding scientists. This year an amount of $100,000 will be presented.

Robert Koch Award
Deadline: March 31
The Robert Koch Prize is one of the most prestigious scientific commendations in Germany. It is awarded annually, under the patronage of the German Minister of Health, for outstanding and internationally recognized scientific achievements. The prize is valued at 120,000 euros.

Rolex Awards for Enterprise
May 31
The Rolex Awards for Enterprise, offered biennially, aim to foster a spirit of enterprise around the world. The Rolex Awards for Enterprise support pioneering work in three areas: the environment, applied science and technology or exploration. In addition to demonstrating a spirit of enterprise and leadership, candidates must put forward projects or work plans that have a clear purpose, are original and have the potential for significant impact. Grants of $100,000 are awarded to five Laureates to advance their projects. Each Laureate also receives a Rolex chronometer.

Rumelhart Prize
Deadline: February 19
The David E. Rumelhart Prize is awarded annually to an individual or collaborative team making a significant contemporary contribution to the theoretical foundations of human cognition. The prize consists of a hand-crafted, custom bronze medal, a certificate, a citation of the awardee’s contribution, and a monetary award of $100,000.

Science & SciLifeLab Prize for Young Scientists
Deadline: July 15
The Prize is awarded annually to one young scientist for outstanding life science research for which he/she was awarded a doctoral degree in the previous two years. The topic of the entrant's thesis research must be in one of the following categories: Cell and Molecular Biology, Genomics and Proteomics, Ecology and Environment, Translational Medicine. The winners from each category will compete for the grand prize.  Prize money: US$30,000 for the grand prize winner; US$10,000 for each of the category winners.

Seaborg Medal
Deadline: August 1
Established in 1983 by the American Nuclear Society, this award recognizes an individual who has made outstanding scientific or engineering research contributions to the development of peaceful uses of nuclear energy. Nominations of candidates for the award are invited from technical societies, heads of governments, and other appropriate individuals. Nominees should reflect a high degree of scientific acumen, imagination and unusual talents in scientific research

Shaw Prizes
Deadline: November 30
The Prize honours individuals, regardless of race, nationality and religious belief, who have achieved significant breakthrough in academic and scientific research or application and whose work has resulted in a positive and profound impact on mankind. The Shaw Prize consists of three annual prizes: Astronomy, Life Science and Medicine, and Mathematical Sciences, each bearing a monetary award of one million US dollars.

Simons Foundation Investigator Programs
Deadline: October 31
Each year, the Simons Foundation invites nominations from universities in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Ireland for the Simons Investigators in Mathematics, Physics, Astrophysics, Theoretical Computer Science, Mathematical Modeling of Living Systems (MMLS), and Math+X Investigators programs. Simons Investigators are outstanding theoretical scientists who receive long-term research support from the Simons Foundation. The Math+X Investigators program is designed to encourage novel collaborations between mathematics and other fields in science or engineering.

An Investigator will receive research support of $100,000 per year. An additional $10,000 per year will be provided to the Investigator’s department. A Math+X Investigator is appointed for a period of five years and will receive support in an amount of $300,000 per year, which includes up to 20 percent in indirect costs to the Investigator’s institution.

Society of Research Administrators International – Awards
Deadline: May 7
The Society of Research Administrators International (SRA International) is the premier global research management society providing education, professional development and the latest comprehensive information about research management to over 5,000 members from over 40 countries.  SRA offers several international awards. All nominees must be nominated by a current SRA International member.

Stein Rokkan Prize for Comparative Social Science Research
Deadline: February 15
The Stein Rokkan Prize for Comparative Social Science Research is an academic honour awarded to scholars making "very substantial and original contributions in comparative social science research". These contributions can be in the form of book-length, unpublished manuscripts, published books or collections of works published within the two years prior to the award ceremony. The Stein Rokkan Prize amounts to €5000 and is awarded on an annual basis.

Stockholm Water Prize
Deadline: September 30
The Stockholm Water Prize is an international water award presented annually since 1991 by the Stockholm Water Foundation. The prize has been established to honour outstanding achievements in the sustainable use and protection of the world’s water resources. The Laureate receives global acknowledgement and visibility, a specially designed sculpture, and USD 150,000. He or she also has the privilege of presenting a lecture during the Opening Plenary of the World Water Week.

Tang Prize in Biopharmaceutical Science 
Deadline: September 30
The Tang Prize in Biopharmaceutical Science recognizes original biopharmaceutical or biomedical research that has led to significant advances towards preventing, diagnosing and/or treating major human diseases to improve human health. Awarded biennially, the Tang Prize bestows upon each category a cash prize of NT$40 million (approx. US$1.33 million). In addition, research projects proposed by the laureates receive a grant of up to NT$10 million (approx. US$0.33 million). Should multiple candidates (up to three) be named in the same category, the cash reward and grant are shared.

Tang Prize in Sinology
Deadline: September 30
The Tang Prize in Sinology recognizes the study of Sinology in its broadest sense, awarding research on China and its related fields, such as Chinese thought, history, philology, linguistics, archaeology, philosophy, religion, traditional canons, literature, and art (excluding literary and art works). Honoring innovations in the field of Sinology, the Prize showcases Chinese culture and its contributions to the development of human civilization. Awarded biennially, the Tang Prize bestows upon each category a cash prize of NT$40 million (approx. US$1.33 million). In addition, research projects proposed by the laureates receive a grant of up to NT$10 million (approx. US$0.33 million). Should multiple candidates (up to three) be named in the same category, the cash reward and grant are shared.

Technology Academy Foundation - The Millennium Technology Prize
July 31
The Millennium Technology Prize is Finland's tribute to innovations for a better life. The Prize is worth one million euros and it is awarded every second year. The General Principles of the Millennium Technology Prize are:

  • Awarded to groundbreaking technological innovations that enhance the quality of people’s lives in a sustainable manner.
  • The innovations have been applied in practice and are delivering extensive change now and in the future.
  • The innovations stimulate further cutting edge research and development in science and technology.

The Prize encourages further cutting-edge research and development and is thus not intended as a reward for lifetime achievement.

TED Prize
Deadline: July 31
The TED Prize is awarded annually to a leader with a fresh, bold vision for sparking global change. The TED Prize winner receives $1,000,000 — and the TED community’s wide range of resources and expertise — to make their dream become a reality.

The Templeton Prize
July 1
The Templeton Prize honors a living person who has made an exceptional contribution to affirming life’s spiritual dimension, whether through insight, discovery, or practical works.  The Prize is a monetary award in the amount of £1,100,000 sterling.

Tom W. Bonner Prize in Nuclear Physics
June 1
The American Physical Society (APS Physics) recognize and encourage outstanding experimental research in nuclear physics, including the development of a method, technique, or device that significantly contributes in a general way to nuclear physics research. The prize consists of $10,000 and a certificate citing the contributions made by the recipient. It will be presented annually.

Troland Research Award
Deadline: October 1
Two Troland Research Awards of $75,000 are given annually to recognize unusual achievement by young investigators (defined as no older than 40) and to further empirical research within the broad spectrum of experimental psychology. The award was established by a trust created in 1931 by the bequest of Leonard T. Troland.

Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement
July 27
The Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement is the premier award for environmental science, environmental health and energy conferring great benefit upon mankind.  Tyler Laureates receive a $200,000 annual prize and are presented a gold medallion at ceremonies in Los Angeles.

Vautrin Lud Prize in Geography
Deadline: March 31
Established in 1991 the Vautrin Lud International Geography Prize is the highest award that can be gained in the field of Geography. The award is modelled on the Nobel Prize and is called the “Nobel Prize for Geography”. It is named after the 16th century French scholar, Vautrin Lud, who is credited with naming the new world “America”.

Vetlesen Prize
Deadline: April 19 (biennially)
The Vetlesen Prize was established in 1959 by the G. Unger Vetlesen Foundation. The prize is awarded for scientific achievement resulting in a clearer understanding of the Earth, its history, or its relations to the universe. Designed to be the Nobel Prize of the earth sciences, the prize is administered by Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. Competition for the Vetlesen Prize is open to any individual anywhere in the world and prizes may be awarded to more than one person at a time. The prize consists of a cash award of $250,000 and a medal.

Volvo Environment Prize
Deadline: January 10
The Volvo Environment Prize has become one of the scientific world’s most respected environmental prizes. It is awarded for "Outstanding innovations or scientific discoveries which in broad terms fall within the environmental field".  Laureates represent all fields of environmental and sustainability studies and initiatives. It consists of a diploma, a glass sculpture and a cash award for SEK 1.5 million (approximately USD 215,000).

Warren Alpert Foundation Prize
Deadline: October 31
The mission of the Warren Alpert Foundation Prize is to recognize and honor one or more scientists whose scientific research achievements have led to the prevention, cure or treatment of human diseases or disorders, and/or whose research constitutes a seminal scientific finding that holds great promise of ultimately changing our understanding of or ability to treat disease. The value of the prize is U.S. $500,000 (to be split equally if more than one recipient is selected), a citation and plaque.

Welch Award in Chemistry
Deadline: January 31
The purpose of The Robert A. Welch Award in Chemistry is to foster and encourage basic chemical research and to recognize, in a substantial manner, the value of chemical research contributions for the benefit of mankind as set forth in the will of Robert Alonzo Welch. The recipient will be required to be present at a ceremony and dinner held in October. The monetary amount of the award is $500,000.

Weston Brain Institute – International Outstanding Achievement Award
Deadline: June 12
The International Outstanding Achievement Award, offered by the Weston Brain Institute, recognizes an investigator who, in the past 15 years, has made exceptional contributions, through translational research and leadership, to accelerating the development of therapeutics for neurodegenerative diseases of aging.  The award, valued at $40,000, is presented once a year, with eligibility alternating between Canadian-based researchers and those based in Ireland, the Netherlands and the UK.  The ideal candidate should also be active in research in the next 5 years, and have a record of impeccable citizenship in the research community.    

Wiley Foundation Prize in Biomedical Sciences
Deadline: September 30
The Wiley Prize in Biomedical Sciences is intended to recognize breakthrough research in pure or applied life science research that is distinguished by its excellence, originality and impact on our understanding of biological systems and processes.  This international award is presented annually and consists of a $50,000 prize and a luncheon in honor of the recipient.

WISE Prize for Education
Deadline: March 31
Established in 2011 by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, the WISE Prize for Education is the first distinction of its kind to recognize an individual or a team of up to six people for an outstanding, world-class contribution to education. The WISE Prize for Education raises the status of education by giving it similar prestige enjoyed in other areas for which international recognition exists --such as literature, peace, and economics. The WISE Prize for Education Laureate is usually announced at the Opening Plenary Session of the global biennial summit, and receives the gold WISE Prize for Education medal and $500,000 (US).

W.K.H. Panofsky Prize in Experimental Particle Physics
Deadline: June 1
To recognize and encourage outstanding achievements in Experimental Particle Physics. The prize consists of $10,000, an allowance for travel to the meeting at which the prize is to be awarded, and a certificate citing the contributions made by the recipient. It is presented annually.

Wolf Foundation Prizes
September 15
Since 1978, five or six prizes have been awarded annually in the Sciences.  Prize fields comprise: Agriculture, Chemistry, Mathematics, Medicine and Physics. In the Arts, the prize rotates annually among Architecture, Music, Painting and Sculpture.  The prize in each field consists of a certificate and a monetary award of $100,000.

World Cultural Council - Albert Einstein World Award of Science
Deadline: December 18
The "Albert Einstein" World Award of Science was created as a means of recognition, and as an incentive to scientific and technological research and development. It takes into special consideration those researchers, which have brought true benefit and well being to mankind. The recipient of the award is elected by the Interdisciplinary Committee, which is constituted of world renowned scientists, among them 25 Nobel laureates. The award consists of a Diploma, a Commemorative medal, and $10,000 US. 

World Cultural Council – José Vasconcelos World Award of Education
Deadline: December 18
The "José Vasconcelos" World Award of Education has been established as an acknowledgment of those who have the all important labour of teaching the underlying basis of our present civilization. It is granted to renowned educator, an authority in the field of teaching, or to a legislator of education policies who has had a significant influence on the advancement in the scope of culture for mankind.  The World Award of Education grants a Diploma, a Commemorative medal, and $10,000 US.

World Cultural Council - Leonardo da Vinci World Award of Arts
Deadline: December 18
The "Leonardo da Vinci" World Award of Arts was established as a means of acknowledgement to those who offer a positive message to mankind through different expressions of art. It is conferred upon a renowned artist, sculptor, writer, poet, cinematographer, photographer, architect, musician or other performing artist, whose work constitutes a significant contribution to the artistic legacy of the world. The qualifying jury is constituted of internationally renowned artists, authorities, and members of the World Cultural Council. The prize consists of a diploma, a commemorative medal and US$ 10,000.

World Food Prize
May 1
The World Food Prize is the foremost international award recognizing -- without regard to race, religion, nationality, or political beliefs -- the achievements of individuals who have advanced human development by improving the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world. The $250,000 annual award recognizes contributions in any field involved in the world food supply including, but not limited to: plant, animal and soil science; food science and technology; nutrition; rural development; marketing; food processing and packaging; water and the environment; natural resource conservation; physical infrastructure; transportation, storage and distribution; special or extraordinary feeding programs; social organization and poverty elimination; economics and finance; policy analysis; and public advocacy.