The National Medal of Science 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. The Committee of 12 scientists and engineers is appointed by the President to evaluate the nominees for the Award. Since its establishment, the National Medal of Science has been awarded to 409 distinguished scientists and engineers whose careers spanned decades of research and development. The recipients database from 1962 to the present can be searched at http://www.nsf.gov/nsb/awards/nms/recipients.cfm .
Presidential Medal of Science
The following information should be used in preparing a nomination.
The Committee has established the following guidelines for selection of candidates.
(a) The total impact of an individual's work on the present state of
physical, biological, mathematical, engineering or social and behavioral
sciences is to be the principal criterion.
Nomination Procedures and Deadline for Submission
All nominations and letters of support shall be submitted through the NSF Fastlane Honorary Awards at www.fastlane.nsf.gov/honawards/. Users of the Honorary Awards system must register the first time they access the program.
Nominations remain active for a period of three years,
including the year of nomination. After that time, candidates must be
renominated with a new nomination package for them to be considered by
Letters of Support
Nominators are responsible for securing three letters in support of the
For further information concerning the Award program or nomination process, contact:
Mrs. Susan Fannoney