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National Medal of Science

Call for Nominations - 2015 National Medal of Science

The National Science Foundation is now accepting nominations for the 2015 National Medal of Science. The nomination deadline is April 27, 2015.

Please review the nomination information and submit your nominations through FastLane. We are especially interested in identifying women, members of minority groups, and persons with disabilities for consideration.

A flyer advertising the 2015 call for nominations is available at nsf_2015nationalmedalofscience_callfornominations_150225.pdf.

Please note: if you are submitting on behalf of a professional society, please contact the NSF Office of International and Integrative Activities (e-mail: nms@nsf.gov; phone: 703-292-8040) for additional instructions.


Background

The National Medal of Science was established by the 86th Congress in 1959 as a Presidential Award to be given to individuals "deserving of special recognition by reason of their outstanding contributions to knowledge in the physical, biological, mathematical, or engineering sciences." In 1980 Congress expanded this recognition to include the social and behavioral sciences.

A Committee of 12 scientists and engineers is appointed by the President to evaluate the nominees for the Award. Since its establishment, the National Medal of Science has been awarded to 487 distinguished scientists and engineers whose careers spanned decades of research and development. The recipients database from 1962 to the present can be searched at http://www.nsf.gov/od/nms/recipients.jsp.


Inquiries

For any other questions, or for additional information, please send e-mail to nms@nsf.gov or call the NSF Office of International and Integrative Activities at 703-292-8040.

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