Nominations due October 23rd - Science and Engineering under 40
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NSF Call for Nominations: 2018 Alan T. Waterman Award


From France A. Córdova of NSF

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is pleased to accept nominations for the 2018 Alan T. Waterman Award. Established in 1975 to commemorate the Foundation's first Director, the Waterman Award is NSF's highest honor for promising, early-career researchers.

Nominees are accepted from all sources, and from any field of science and engineering that NSF supports. The award recipient will receive a medal and an invitation to the formal awards ceremony in Washington, DC. In addition, the recipient will receive a grant of $1,000,000 over a five-year period for scientific research or advanced study in any field of science or engineering supported by the NSF, at any institution of the recipient's choice. We are especially interested in nominations for women, members of underrepresented groups in science and engineering, and persons with disabilities.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria
  1. A candidate must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. He or she must be 40 years of age or younger, or not more than 10 years beyond receipt of the Ph.D. degree, by December 31 of the year in which he or she is nominated.
  2. A candidate should have demonstrated exceptional individual achievement in scientific or engineering research of sufficient quality, originality, innovation, and significant impact on the field so as to situate him or her as a leader among peers.
Complete nomination packages, consisting of nominations and four letters of reference, are due by October 23, 2017. The nominations and letters must be received through NSF's FastLane system. To submit a nomination, please visit

Please contact Dr. Sherrie Green, Program Manager for the Alan T. Waterman Award at or 703-292-8040 if you have any questions. You may also visit for more information. A PDF version of the call for nominations is available at

The nomination of deserving colleagues is one of the most important and gratifying aspects of service in the scientific and engineering communities. Please help celebrate the contributions of a promising early career researcher by submitting a nomination for the Alan T. Waterman award.

Thank you,

France A. Córdova
National Science Foundation
4201 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 1205N
Arlington, VA 22230


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