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NSF Opens Nominations for National Medal of Science

Washington, DC — Feb. 7, 2022 — The National Science Foundation is seeking nominations for the National Medal of Science from today, February 7 through May 20, 2022 and encourages sharing of the NMS Call for Nominations flyer among colleagues. See the NMS Nominations web page for more information on how to make nominations.

The NSF said the medal is the highest recognition the nation can bestow on scientists and engineers. It 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 distinguished scientists and engineers is appointed by the President to evaluate the nominees for the Award. Since its establishment, the medal has been awarded to 506 distinguished scientists and engineers whose careers spanned decades of research and development.

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is also seeking nominations for the National Medal of Technology and Innovation. Please see the National Medals Call for Nominations flyer for more information.

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