ACS National Awards

The ACS National Awards: Advancing Chemistry, Supporting Research, and Promoting Chemists


The ACS National Awards program is designed to encourage the advancement of chemistry in all its branches, to support research in chemical science and industry, and to promote the careers of chemists.

National Award Recipients & Banquet

Winners of the 2016 National Awards were honored on Tuesday, March 15, at the spring National Meeting in San Diego.

Arthur C. Cope Scholars Award recipients will be honored in August 2016 at the fall National Meeting in Philadelphia.

Priestley Medal

Congratulations to Mostafa A. El-Sayed, the 2016 recipient of ACS's highest honor, the Priestley Medal. Read more in C&EN.

Nomination Information

The nomination period for the 2017 ACS National Awards closed on November 16, 2015. Thank you to all who participated in the nomination process this year. The winners will be announced in August 2016.

We will begin accepting nominations for the 2018 ACS National Awards in July 2016.

ACS National Awards Program Contact

American Chemical Society
1155 16th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: (800)227-5558, ext. 4575


National Awards Office Division Primer
This booklet provides technical divisions with quick access to answers to questions regarding the ACS National Awards Program’s selection and canvassing committee process and the awards banquet and ceremony, as well as how to nominate deserving individuals for national awards.

Prized Science
This video series features the work and contributions of recipients who won ACS prizes. Watch, listen, and discover how the chemistry behind ACS’ awards transforms our lives.