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Deadline for NSF Alan T. Waterman Award Call for Nominations

NSF Alan T Waterman Award

September 20, 2021 • 5:00 pm

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Nominations for the Alan T. Waterman award are open through Monday, Sept. 20.

Review Tips for Submitting a Strong Nomination.

The “Tips” were created by the 2020 Alan T. Waterman Awards Review Committee to support nominators and letter writers in their efforts to expertly showcase the talents and expertise of nominees.


Congress established the Alan T. Waterman Award in August 1975 to mark the 25th Anniversary of the National Science Foundation and to honor its first Director. The annual award recognizes an outstanding young researcher in any field of science or engineering supported by the National Science Foundation. In addition to a medal, the awardee receives a grant of $1,000,000 over a five-year period for scientific research or advanced study in the mathematical, physical, biological, engineering, social, or other sciences at the institution of the recipient’s choice.

See the Waterman Award fact sheet.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

  • A candidate must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. They must be 40 years of age or younger, or not more than 10 years beyond receipt of the Ph.D. degree, by December 31st of the year in which they are nominated.
  • A candidate should have demonstrated exceptional individual achievement in scientific or engineering research of sufficient quality, originality, innovation, and significant impact on the field so as to situate themselves as a leader among peers.

Nomination Requirements

  • Nomination packages consist of a nomination and four letters of reference submitted via FastLane. NOTE: Reference letters should not exceed two pages.
  • The names of four references are required for each nomination. The references cannot come from the nominee’s home institution. References must be requested by the nominator and submitted by the established FastLane deadline.
  • Nominations will not be reviewed by the Committee unless all the requirements are met.
  • Institutions may nominate an unlimited number of individuals.


Please see the Frequently Asked Questions page for specific questions about the award criteria or the nomination process.

Submit your questions for the webinar to the Alan T. Waterman Award Program Manager at waterman@nsf.gov. Visit nsf.gov/waterman for more information.


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