List of Distinguished Awards and Prizes

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Title: Dr. H.P. Heineken Prize for Biochemistry and Biophysics

Every other year, the Dr H.P. Heineken Foundation awards one of the most prestigious prizes conferred in the Netherlands: the Dr H.P. Heineken Prize for Biochemistry and Biophysics. In doing so, the Foundation draws attention to the importance of these two disciplines, including the biochemical and biophysical aspects of microbiology and the physiology of seed germination.

Nomination Deadline: 10/15/2015
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Prize Amount: $150,000

Title: Dr. A.H. Heineken Prize for Medicine

In 1989, the Alfred Heineken Fondsen Foundation established a biennial prize to be awarded to a pioneering medical researcher. The prize is also funded by the Foundation.

Nomination Deadline: 10/15/2015
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Prize Amount: $200,000

Title: Hideyo Naguchi Africa Prize

Mindful of the ominous human suffering persisting in Africa, the region facing the most serious health challenge on the globe, the Prize aims to honor individuals with outstanding achievements in the fields of medical research and medical services to combat infectious and other diseases in Africa, thus contributing to the health and welfare of the African people and of all humankind.

Nomination Deadline: 07/10/2017
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Prize Amount: 1,000,000 Yen

Title: Norton M. Ross Award for Excellence in Clinical Research - American Dental Association

The Norton M. Ross Award, established in 1991, is presented annually in memory of Dr. Norton M. Ross, a dentist and pharmacologist who spent most of his career in academic and research positions. Dr. Ross elevated clinical research to a higher level of scientific standards, and his contributions to the fields of oral medicine and dental clinical research have had a positive and lasting influence on the public's oral health.CriteriaThe Award recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions in clinical investigations that have advanced the diagnosis, treatment, and/or prevention of craniofacial-oral-dental diseases, as well as outstanding research endeavors in other areas. Selection is based upon the scope of the nominee's research, with special emphasis on its impact on clinical dentistry and on publications in refereed journals.  Award recipients typically demonstrate a high level of creativity and innovation.The American Dental Association sponsors the Norton M. Ross Award with the generous support of Johnson & Johnson Healthcare Products, Division of McNeil-PPC, Inc.

Nomination Deadline: 06/24/2018
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Prize Amount: $5000

Title: Dr. Charles Mérieux Award for Achievement in Vaccinology and Immunology

Dr. Charles Mérieux Award for Achievement in Vaccinology and Immunology honors individuals whose loutstanding lifetime contributions whose fight against vaccine preventable diseases have led to significant improvement in public health.honors individuals whose outstanding lifetime contributions to the fight against vaccine-preventable diseases have led to significant improvement in public health. - See more at: http://www.nfid.org/awards/merieux#sthash.QIqreFVV.dpufThe Dr. Charles Mérieux Award for Achievement in Vaccinology and Immunology honors individuals whose outstanding lifetime contributions to the fight against vaccine-preventable diseases have led to significant improvement in public health. The award is named for Dr. Charles Mérieux, the distinguished French scientist who devoted his life to fighting infectious diseases globally, combining his medical knowledge with an understanding of business to develop one of the world’s leading vaccine laboratories, the Pasteur Institute. Dr. Mérieux was also a founder of the French Institute of Foot- and-Mouth Disease (later renamed the Mérieux Institute), and used in-vitro cultivation to produce millions of doses of vaccines. First offered in 2005, the award is presented annually at the Annual Conference on Vaccine Research.- See more at: http://www.nfid.org/awards/merieux#sthash.QIqreFVV.dpufThe Dr. Charles Mérieux Award for Achievement in Vaccinology and Immunology honors individuals whose outstanding lifetime contributions to the fight against vaccine-preventable diseases have led to significant improvement in public health. The award is named for Dr. Charles Mérieux, the distinguished French scientist who devoted his life to fighting infectious diseases globally, combining his medical knowledge with an understanding of business to develop one of the world’s leading vaccine laboratories, the Pasteur Institute. Dr. Mérieux was also a founder of the French Institute of Foot- and-Mouth Disease (later renamed the Mérieux Institute), and used in-vitro cultivation to produce millions of doses of vaccines. First offered in 2005, the award is presented annually at the Annual Conference on Vaccine Research. - See more at: http://www.nfid.org/awards/merieux#sthash.QIqreFVV.dpuf

Nomination Deadline: 06/30/2018
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Title: Maxwell Finland Award for Scientific Achievement

The Award, developed in 1988, now recognizes scientists who have made outstanding contributions to the understanding of infectious diseases or public health.

Nomination Deadline: 06/30/2018
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Prize Amount: glass sculpture

Title: BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award

The BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Awards seek to recognize and encourage world-class research and artistic creation, prizing contributions of lasting impact for their originality, theoretical significance and ability to push back the frontiers of the known world. These international awards include categories in the Basic Sciences (Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics), Biomedicine, and Biology.

Nomination Deadline: 06/30/2018
Past Due Date: 06/01/2012
Prize Amount: 400,000 euros

Title: The Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Humanitarian Award

The Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Humanitarian Award was established in 1997 by the NFID Board of Directors to honor those individuals whose outstanding humanitarian efforts and achievements have contributed significantly to improving the health of humankind. Criteria on which selection is based include:

  • Legislative or administrative contributions
  • Humanitarian service and/or
  • Public education activities

 The Award is named for former President and Mrs. Carter, who as outstanding humanitarians, have worked tirelessly to improve the quality of life for people worldwide. In recognition of their efforts to resolve conflict peacefully, promote democracy, protect human rights, and prevent and eradicate disease,

Nomination Deadline: 06/30/2018
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Title: Basser Global Prize

The Basser Global Prize has been established to honor a vision ary scientist who has conceptually advanced BRCA1/2 related research that has led to improvements in clinical care. The prize will be considered for a broad range of basic, translational and clinical BRCA1/2 cancer researchers worldwide. Outstanding candidates will be those whose research has produced seminal advances in the field and who continue to drive BRCA1/2 related research towards the ultimate goal of mitigating the adverse impact of deleterious BRCA1/2 and related mutations. The Basser Global Prize provides $100,000  in unrestricted support of the awardee's innovative BRCA1/2 related research efforts.

Nomination Deadline: 07/27/2018
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Prize Amount: $200,000

Title: The ASCB-Gibco Emerging Leader Prize for non-tenured independent investigators

The prize is the result of a partnership between ASCB and Gibco to support excellence in science. ASCB and Gibco recognize the challenging times that up-and-coming leaders in scientific research face, and are determined to do everything possible to raise the visibility of our most promising young independent investigators who are at an early stage in their careers.Successful applicants must have outstanding scientific accomplishments with a strong publication track record that will be evaluated on the significance of their discoveries and the contribution to the field of cell biology and basic biomedical research. To be eligible applicants must be independent investigators who are not yet in a tenured position. Both U.S. and international scientists are welcome to apply. Applicants must be ASCB members.

Nomination Deadline: 07/31/2018
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Prize Amount: Three $5000 prizes