2017 Heroes of Chemistry Nomination Procedures

Deadline for 2017 Applications: March 1, 2017

Eligibility Criteria

Any private or publicly owned for-profit company may nominate an individual chemist, biochemist, chemical engineer, or team of scientists who played a vital role in the research and development of a commercial product that has had a dramatic impact on the welfare and progress of humanity. Nominees must demonstrate significant and lasting contributions through their work in chemistry.

Although nominations must come from private or publicly owned companies, these companies may choose to include individuals from other companies, government or academic labs, incubators, or other organizations as members of the teams they nominate. Former employees who played a key role in developing the innovation(s) or product(s) are also eligible to be included in the nomination.  

Companies may also partner with one or more companies to nominate a team involved in developing a commercial product. For example, in 2016, GlaxoSmithKline and Shionogi co-nominated a team that discovered and developed TIVICAY® (dolutegravir) for the treatment of HIV-1.

During the deliberation process, the committee may seek additional information from nominators, consult current technology owners, and consider comments received. Prior nominations that did not result in an award may be resubmitted for consideration in subsequent years.

Nomination Package

Each submission must include a completed Nomination Form accompanied by the following items:

Descriptive Summary: Provide a detailed narrative addressing the product’s commercial use, its benefit to humanity, chemistry's central role, and the involvement of the nominee(s) in developing and commercializing the product(s). Please use clear, non-technical, concise language in this section; this information will be used to draft press releases, web content, and other materials, which will later be vetted with winning companies.

Impact: Summarize the market success, societal impact, and economic impact of the nominated product(s).

Nominee Contact Form: Include all relevant contact information for each team member being nominated on this form.

  • Note: Please carefully and properly fill out the contact information of each team member. This information may be used to contact winners and for sending important information such as invitations, awards, and promotional materials.

Biography or Résumé/CV: A short biography or résumé/CV (max. two pages) should be submitted for each nominee.

Supporting Materials: Any brochures, articles, or press releases, etc. that describe the impact of the nominee(s) and/or the product being recognized are highly encouraged.

Selection Process

A panel of judges will select the 2017 Heroes of Chemistry on the basis of:

  • The technical merit of the innovation, including the talent and foresight demonstrated by the nominee(s)
  • The financial performance of the product(s), market share, lives affected and/or other measure of commercial impact
  • The impact and benefit to humankind made by the product(s)

Each nomination should emphasize chemistry’s central role in the development of the product(s) being highlighted.

All nominees will be notified by June 2017. The selected winners, along with executives from each winning company, will be invited to attend a black tie dinner ceremony that will take place during the fall ACS National Meeting in Washington, DC on August 20, 2017.

Corporation Associates member companies may prepare nomination packages, but their employees may not serve on the Award Selection Committee in years when their companies are nominated. The deliberations of the Award Selection Committee are confidential.  The Award Selection Committee determines the number of Heroes of Chemistry Awards to be presented in a given year.

Heroes of Chemistry

American Chemical Society
Phone: (202) 872-6360
Email: chemhero@acs.org