Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science 2023 ($250,000 + 14-karat gold medal)

Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science 2023 ($250,000 + 14-karat gold medal)

Deadline: March 31, 2022

Nominations for the Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science 2023 are open. The Franklin Institute seeks nominations for the Award of individuals who have made significant scientific or engineering contributions that improve the safety, sustainability, and resilience of civil infrastructure in a world faced with climate change, natural disasters, increased use due to population growth, and infrastructure that has outlived its design life.

Nominations should recognize fundamental contributions that have had a broad impact. Nominations are encouraged in, but not limited to, the following subtopics:

  • Artificial intelligence, machine learning, big data analytics, statistical algorithms, and cloud computing.
  • Natural disaster risk analysis, management and vulnerability of interdependent systems, and real time monitoring and control.
  • Technological advances related to transforming waste to potable water and energy.
  • Design innovations, heuristics, methodologies, and standards with application to transportation, water and sanitation, power, bridge, and building infrastructure.

2023 Theme: Safe, Sustainable, Resilient Civil Infrastructure

Prize

  • The prize is $250,000 USD and a 14-karat gold medal.

Eligibility

  • This is an international competition for individuals who have made significant scientific or engineering contributions that improve the safety, sustainability, and resilience of civil infrastructure.
  • This award and prize must be presented to an individual, as specified by the will of Henry Bower.
  • Candidates must be living, and the winner will be expected to participate in The Franklin Institute Awards Week programs, to be held in April 2023 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
  • Nominations from any individual or organization will be accepted, including self-nominations.
  • Nominations of candidates traditionally underrepresented in science and engineering are particularly encouraged.

Nomination

Nominations must be submitted in English and must include:

  • Name and contact information of nominee 
  • Name and contact information of nominator
  • Nominee’s curriculum vitae and bibliography of significant and relevant publications
  • Proposed citation of 50 words or fewer, highlighting the achievement(s) for which the candidate is nominated
  • Narrative statement of no longer than five pages describing the nominee’s qualifications for the award
  • Four confidential letters of support requested by the nominator and sent by the authors directly to The Franklin Institute Awards Office

Nominations should clearly indicate the scientific or engineering impact—innovative, technical, and/or conceptual—and the societal and/or economic impact of the nominee’s work. All nominations and supporting letters should be mailed or emailed to:

Beth Scheraga
Director, The Franklin Institute Awards
The Franklin Institute
222 North 20th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103-1194 USA

Email: [email protected]

For more information, visit Bower Award & Prize.

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