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Early Career Award for Public Engagement with Science

Award to a USA, Canada, or International Scientist to Recognize
Contributions to Public Interactive Science Activities

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American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

Deadline Date:

08/01/19 11:59 PM ET


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Award of $5,000 to a USA, Canada, or International scientist or engineer with less than seven years' experience, who has demonstrated excellence in engaging the public in science activities. Eligible activities include public outreach, informal science education, public policy, science fairs and cafés, social and online media, and radio, television, and film programs.

For the purposes of this award, public engagement activities are defined as the individual’s active participation in efforts to engage with the public on science- and technology-related issues and promote meaningful dialogue between science and society. The award will be given at the AAAS Annual Meeting.

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GrantWatch ID#: 160041

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A monetary prize of $5,000, a commemorative plaque, complimentary registration to the AAAS Annual Meeting, and reimbursement for reasonable hotel and travel expenses to attend the AAAS Annual Meeting to receive the prize are given to the recipient.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Candidate must be an individual scientist or engineer. Groups or institutions will not be considered for this award. AAAS employees are ineligible. One scientist or engineer will be chosen to receive the award each year.

Candidate must be a scientist or engineer actively conducting research in any scientific discipline (including social sciences and medicine). They may be based in academia, government, or industry. Public engagement activities must be above and beyond job responsibilities.

Candidate must be “early career” which is defined as an individual who has completed their terminal degree within seven years of the deadline for nominations.

Candidate will have demonstrated excellence in his/her contributions to public engagement with science activities, with a focus on interactive dialogue between the individual and a non-scientific, public audience(s).


- Nominations may be made by individuals, universities, government agencies, media, research organizations, and AAAS affiliate organizations. One nominator can nominate multiple candidates.
- Self-nominations are allowed; a letter of support from someone who can speak to the quality of the nominee's public engagement activities is required.

Pre-Application Information:

Nomination Deadline: August 1, 2019 11:59pm ET

To nominate a scientist or apply for the 2020 AAAS Early Career Award for Public Engagement with Science, visit the awards nomination site from February 15 through August 1, 2019 (see Contact Information below).

Prior nomination does not exclude a candidate from consideration in subsequent years.

For more information about the AAAS's approach to public engagement:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

To submit a nomination:

Inquiries may be directed to:

Center for Public Engagement with Science and Technology

1200 New York Ave, NW
Washington,DC 20005

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