Bower Award and Prize For Achievement in Science 2025


The Franklin Institute 


Since 1824, the Franklin Institute of Philadelphia has honored the legacy of Benjamin Franklin by presenting awards for outstanding achievements in science, engineering and industry. Past laureates include Thomas Edison, Marie Curie, Claude Shannon, Jane Goodall, Nikola Tesla, Stephen Hawking, Edward Lorenz, the Wright Brothers, Bill Gates, and Albert Einstein.

This year's theme is Ecosystem Restoration.

Nominations should recognize contributions to fundamental or application-oriented science with broad impact and should clearly indicate the scientific significance—innovative, technical and/or conceptual—and the societal/economic impact of the nominee’s work.


  • This is an international competition for individuals who have made significant contributions to research in decision-making and/or its applications.
  • Candidates must be living, and the winner must participate in The Franklin Institute Awards Week programs, to be held in April 2024 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
  • Nominations from any individual or organization will be accepted, including self-nominations.
  • Additional criteria may be found on the Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science web-page.
  • Nominations of candidates traditionally underrepresented in science and engineering are particularly encouraged.
  • An email of intent to nominate would be appreciated by February 29, 2024


The award, a 14k gold medal, and cash prize of $250,000 USD are presented annually to a distinguished member of the international scientific community.


If College-level review is required, your College will communicate its earlier internal deadlines.

External Deadline

Please submit the nomination directly to Beth Scheraga,  Please also submit a copy of the full nomination and OR-5 to

How to Apply

Applications must be emailed directly to Beth Scheraga, Further information on nomination criteria is available on the Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science website. Please submit an OR-5 and a completed application to by the external deadline.

For More Information

For more information contact Ailsa Kay at or Beth Scheraga at See the Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science web-page for more information. 

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Health and Life Sciences
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