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Faculty Awards

The award opportunities listed are provided as a service to the UC San Diego academic community. Typically, awards are given to faculty by foundations in recognition of their contributions to the field. They are provided by the university or following a nomination process. Please click on the opportunity for more information.

 

Organization/Grant Opportunity Deadline Tag
Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation
Lasker Awards

Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award: For a fundamental discovery that opens up a new area of biomedical science.

Lasker~DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award: For a major advance that improves the lives of many thousands of people.

Lasker~Koshland Special Achievement Award in Medical Science: For research accomplishments and scientific statesmanship that engender the deepest feelings of awe and respect.

Individuals or organizations must meet at least one of the following selection criteria for the Lasker~Bloomberg Public Service Award: 1) significantly improving the public’s understanding of medical research, public health, or healthcare; 2) playing a major role in the support of policy, legislative, or other initiatives that accelerate progress in medical science or health; 3) providing critical and generous financial support for initiatives to enhance health or medical research; 4) generating support for medical science or public health; 5) significantly benefitting the lives of many people through public health practice.

The Lasker Foundation seeks nominations of outstanding candidates; nominations of women and minorities are encouraged.

Link to Opportunity

Look for updated guidelines in the fall Biomedical
American Academy in Rome
Rome Prize

For over a century, the American Academy in Rome has awarded the Rome Prize to support innovative and cross-disciplinary work in the arts and humanities. Each year, the prize is awarded to about thirty artists and scholars who represent the highest standard of excellence and who are in the early or middle stages of their careers. Each Rome Prize winner is provided with a stipend, meals, a bedroom with private bath, and a private workspace. Those with children under eighteen live in partially subsidized apartments nearby. Winners of half- and full-term fellowships receive stipends of $16,000 and $28,000, respectively.

Link to Opportunity

Look for updated guidelines in the summer Arts & Humanities
Asahi Glass Foundation
Blue Planet Prize

Environmental conservation is one of the most pressing of the global issues humankind faces. Global warming, acid rain, ozone depletion, tropical rainforest destruction, and river and ocean pollution are just some of the results of human activity that is having an adverse effect on the Earth. In 1992, the year of the Earth Summit, the Asahi Glass Foundation established the Blue Planet Prize, an award presented to individuals or organizations from around the world in recognition of outstanding achievements in scientific research and its application that have helped provide solutions to global environmental problems. The Prize is offered in the hope of encouraging efforts to bring about the healing of the Earth's fragile environment. The award's name was inspired by the remark "the Earth is blue," uttered by the first human in space, Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, upon viewing our planet. The Blue Planet Prize was so named in the hope that our blue planet will be a shared asset capable of sustaining human life far into the future.

Link to Opportunity

Look for updated guidelines in the summer Environmental Science
Association of American Colleges & Universities
K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award

The K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award recognizes graduate students who show exemplary promise as future leaders of higher education and who are committed to academic innovation in the areas of equity, community engagement, and teaching and learning. The award honors the work of K. Patricia Cross, Professor Emerita of Higher Education at the University of California–Berkeley. Throughout her career, Dr. Cross advanced higher education’s understanding of student learning, the potential of all students to succeed, and the need to measure progress through meaningful assessment.

Link to Opportunity

Look for updated guidelines in the summer Higher Education
Berggruen Institute
Berggruen Prize for Philosophy and Culture

An annual $1 million award for major achievements in advancing ideas that shape the world.

Link to Opportunity

Look for updated guidelines in the winter Arts & Humanities
Blavatnik Family Foundation
Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists
Limited Submission (Nomination)

The Blavatnik National Awards honor America’s most innovative young faculty-rank scientists and engineers. These awards celebrate the past accomplishments and future potential of young faculty members working in the three disciplinary categories of Life Sciences, Physical Sciences & Engineering, and Chemistry. Every year, one Blavatnik National Awards Laureate in each disciplinary category will receive $250,000 in unrestricted funds, and additional nominees will be recognized as Finalists.

Foundation and Research Relations assists the nominees with their submission packages. Please contact us at FRR@ucsd.edu for more information.

Link to Opportunity

Look for updated guidelines in the summer Young Investigator, Life Sciences, Physical Sciences & Engineering, Chemistry
Breakthrough Prize
Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics

Insights from fundamental physics have overturned our assumptions about the world around us. Last century, general relativity reshaped our picture of space and time, and quantum mechanics replaced the march of cause and effect with a dance of probabilities. Recently scientists have discovered that dark matter and dark energy account for most of the contents of the Universe.

This century is likely to produce more surprises. From the Planck length to the cosmic scale, physicists are opening windows into the deep structure of reality.

The Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics was founded in 2012 by Yuri Milner to recognize those individuals who have made profound contributions to human knowledge. It is open to all physicists – theoretical, mathematical, experimental – working on the deepest mysteries of the Universe.

Foundation and Research Relations assists the nominees with their submission packages. Please contact us at FRR@ucsd.edu for more information.

Link to Opportunity

Look for updated guidelines in the winter Physics
Breakthrough Prize
Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences

In the fifty years between the discovery of the double helix and the decoding of the human genome, we have undergone a revolution in our understanding of life. Since then the rate of discoveries has accelerated, and this rapid progress looks set to continue. Armed with new knowledge and new technologies, fields like genetics, molecular biology, oncology and neurology are now making real strides. Not just in describing how cells and organs function but in fighting some of the most deadly diseases.

The Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences honors transformative advances toward understanding living systems and extending human life.

The Prize was founded in 2013 by Sergey Brin, Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg, Yuri and Julia Milner, and Anne Wojcicki. It has been sponsored by the personal foundations established by Sergey Brin, Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg, Ma Huateng, Jack Ma, Yuri and Julia Milner, and Anne Wojcicki.

Foundation and Research Relations assists the nominees with their submission packages. Please contact us at FRR@ucsd.edu for more information.

Link to Opportunity

Look for updated guidelines in the winter Neuroscience
Breakthrough Prize
Breakthrough Prize in Mathematicss

“All is number,” taught Pythagoras. Though modern mathematics encompasses far more than numbers alone, the principle remains true. Mathematics is the universal language of nature.

Math is also fundamental to the growth of knowledge, as it is the scaffolding that supports all the sciences. Its relationship to physics is particularly intimate. From imaginary numbers to Hilbert spaces, what once seemed pure abstractions have turned out to underlie real physical processes. In addition, all fields in the life sciences today utilize the power of statistical and computational approaches to research.

The Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics rewards significant discoveries across the many branches of the subject. The prize was founded by Mark Zuckerberg and Yuri Milner and announced at the 2014 Breakthrough Prize ceremony.

Foundation and Research Relations assists the nominees with their submission packages. Please contact us at FRR@ucsd.edu for more information.

Link to Opportunity

Look for updated guidelines in the winter Mathematics
Camille & Henry Dreyfus Foundation
Dreyfus Prize in Chemical Sciences

The Dreyfus Prize in the Chemical Sciences is awarded to an individual in a selected area of chemistry to recognize exceptional and original research that has advanced the field in a major way. The prize is awarded biennially and consists of a monetary award of $250,000, a medal, and a certificate.

Foundation and Research Relations assists the nominees with their submission packages. Please contact us at FRR@ucsd.edu for more information.

Link to Opportunity

Look for updated guidelines in the summer Chemical Science
Dan David Foundation
Dan David Prize

The Dan David Prize recognizes and encourages innovative and interdisciplinary research that cuts across traditional boundaries and paradigms. It aims to foster universal values of excellence, creativity, justice, democracy, and progress and to promote the scientific, technological and humanistic achievements that advance and improve our world. The Dan David Prize covers three time dimensions - Past, Present and Future - that represent realms of human achievement. Each year the International Board chooses one field within each time dimension. The Past refers to fields that expand knowledge of former times. The Present recognizes achievements that shape and enrich society today. The Future focuses on breakthroughs that hold great promise for improvement of our world. Three prizes of one million US dollars each are granted annually in the fields chosen for the three time dimensions. The prizes are granted to individuals or institutions with proven, exceptional, distinct excellence in the sciences, arts, humanities, public service, and business, that have made and continue to make an outstanding contribution to humanity on the basis of merit, without discrimination of gender, race, religion, nationality, or political affiliation.

Link to Opportunity

Look for updated guidelines in the fall Science, Arts & Humanities, Public Service, Business
Health Effects Institute
Walter A. Rosenblith New Investigator Award

This award supports creative junior investigators, at the Assistant Professor or equivalent level, with outstanding promise who are interested in the health effects of air pollution. RFA 20-2 provides up to 3 years of funding for a project relevant to HEI's research interests. All applicants should contact HEI to verify their eligibility before applying by sending a full CV to Dr. Dan Crouse.

Link to Opportunity

Look for updated guidelines in the fall Biomedical
Northwestern Bienen School of Music
Michael Ludwig Nemmers Prize in Music Composition

In fall 2003, the Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music established the Michael Ludwig Nemmers Prize in Music Composition, a biennial award honoring classical music composers of outstanding achievement. Nominations are solicited worldwide and the winner is determined by a selection committee comprising individuals of widely recognized stature in the music community. The prize includes a cash award of $100,000. The recipient is expected to participate in two nonconsecutive weeks of residency at the Bienen School of Music interacting with students and faculty.

Link to Opportunity

02/01/2023 Arts & Humanities
Society for Neuroscience
Jacob P. Waletzky Award

The Jacob P. Waletzky Award is given to a young scientist (within 15 years of his/her Ph.D. or MD degree) whose independent research has led to significant conceptual and empirical contributions to the understanding of drug addiction. Both basic and clinical researchers are eligible for the award. Future plans to continue to make significant contributions to addiction research and treatment is one of the selection criteria. This award is endowed by the Waletzky Award Prize Fund and the Waletzky Family. Recipients receive a $30,000 prize and complimentary registration, transportation (economy air or ground), and two nights hotel accommodations for the SfN annual meeting. The SfN president presents the prize at a lecture at the meeting.

Link to Opportunity

Look for updated guidelines in the spring Young Investigator, Biomedical
Society for Neuroscience
Peter and Patricia Gruber Foundation International Research Award

The Peter and Patricia Gruber International Research Award, supported by The Gruber Foundation, recognizes two young neuroscientists for outstanding research and educational pursuit in an international setting. Recipients receive a $25,000 prize and complimentary registration, transportation (economy air or ground), and two nights hotel accommodations for the SfN annual meeting. The SfN president presents the prize at a lecture at the meeting.

Link to Opportunity

Look for updated guidelines in the spring Young Investigator, Neuroscience
Society for Neuroscience
Swartz Prize for Theoretical and Computational Neuroscience

The Swartz Prize, endowed by the Swartz Foundation, honors an individual whose activities have produced a significant cumulative contribution to theoretical models or computational methods in neuroscience or who has made a particularly noteworthy recent advance in theoretical or computational neuroscience. Recipients receive a $30,000 prize and complimentary registration, transportation (economy air or ground), and two nights hotel accommodations for the SfN annual meeting. The SfN president presents the prize at a lecture at the SfN annual meeting.

Link to Opportunity

Look for updated guidelines in the spring Neuroscience
Tau Consortium
Rainwater Prize for Innovative Early-Career Scientists

This prize is intended to reward outstanding achievements of a scientist either as a first author or senior author on published neurodegenerative disease research findings. This prize aims to support exceptionally productive scientists who are in the early formative stages of their academic career (within 5 years of PI appointment) and who plan to make a long-term career commitment to research aligned with the mission areas of the Rainwater Charitable Foundation. Nominees will be considered through a non-self-nomination process for published, peer-reviewed neurodegenerative disease research. Awardees will be chosen by a committee of international scientific leaders from a wide range of fields and backgrounds. The awardee will be chosen based on their scientific contributions, leadership, mentorship, and overall contributions to the scientific community.

This award will consist of a $150K prize provided through a fund started by Richard Rainwater at the North Texas Community Foundation. While it is our hope that the prize money will be used to further the recipient’s research in neurodegenerative disease, the prize recipient will only be able to use the funds for non-profit purposes.

Link to Opportunity

Look for updated guidelines in the spring Young Investigator, Biomedical
Tau Consortium
Rainwater Prize for Outstanding Innovation in Neurodegenerative Research

This prize recognizes investigator(s) whose work is considered a significant contribution to our understanding of Tau-related diseases. Nominees will be considered through a non-self-nomination process for published, peer-reviewed tau-related research. The nominations are open for all researchers, from all countries, and research institutional affiliations. Awardees will be chosen by a committee of international scientific leaders from a wide range of fields and backgrounds. The awardee will be chosen based on their scientific contributions, leadership, mentorship, and overall contributions to the scientific community.

This award will consist of a $250K prize provided through a fund started by Richard Rainwater at the North Texas Community Foundation. While it is our hope that the prize money will be used to further the recipient’s research in neurodegenerative disease, the prize recipient will only be able to use the funds for non-profit purposes.

Link to Opportunity

Look for updated guidelines in the spring Biomedical
Vilcek Foundation
Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise

The Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise were established in 2009 as a complement to the Vilcek Prizes, to encourage and support emerging to mid-career immigrant artists and scientists who have demonstrated exceptional achievements early in their careers. As with the Vilcek Prizes, the Creative Promise Prizes are awarded annually in biomedical science and in a rotating category of the arts.

Applicants should have been born outside of the United States and be 38 years of age or younger, but limited exceptions to the age requirement will be granted to those who have taken time off for caregiving, medical, military, or parental leave. Three winners will each receive a $50,000 unrestricted cash prize and be honored at an awards ceremony in New York City in April 2023. 

Foundation and Research Relations assists the nominees with their submission packages. Please contact us at FRR@ucsd.edu for more information.

Link to Opportunity

06/10/2022 Young Investigator, Arts & Humanities, Biomedical