Media Advisory 06-029
National Medal of Science Committee Seeks Nominations for 2007 National Medal of Science
U.S. president to bestow nation's highest science and engineering honor
November 1, 2006
The President's Committee on the National Medal of Science and the National Science Foundation invite nominations for the National Medal of Science, which will be presented in 2007 by the president of the United States.
The honor recognizes individuals for their outstanding contributions to knowledge in the biological, engineering, mathematical, physical or social and behavioral sciences. Nominations are due before midnight on Dec. 29, 2006.
Candidates must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents who have applied for citizenship within the past 12 months. Details about nomination guidelines and eligibility criteria are available on www.nsf.gov/od/nms/medal.jsp.
The National Medal of Science was established by Congress in 1959 as a Presidential Award. The president's committee consists of 12 scientists and engineers appointed by the President to evaluate the nominees for the award. The National Medal of Science has been awarded to 425 distinguished scientists and engineers whose careers spanned decades of research and development.
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The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering. In fiscal year (FY) 2012, its budget was $7.0 billion. NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and other institutions. Each year, NSF receives about 50,000 competitive requests for funding, and makes about 11,500 new funding awards. NSF also awards about $593 million in professional and service contracts yearly.
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