Harry Gray Award for Creative Work in Inorganic Chemistry by a Young Investigator

Sponsor: Gray Award Endowment

Purpose: To recognize creative and impactful work by a young investigator in a forefront area of inorganic chemistry, broadly defined.

Nature: The award consists of $5,000 and a certificate. Up to $2,500 for travel expenses to the meeting at which the award will be presented will be reimbursed.

Eligibility: The award will be granted to an individual who has less than 10 years of experience since their terminal degree.  The nominee must have demonstrated innovative research in inorganic chemistry broadly defined, which may include interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary work. Special consideration will be given to the creativity and the actual or potential impact of the research. The award will be granted regardless of race, gender, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, presence of disabilities and educational background.

Deadline: November 1

Establishment & Support: The award was established in 2012 and is supported through the Gray Award Endowment.

Contact Information

Awards Office
American Chemical Society
1155 16th Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20036-4801
Phone: 202-872-4409
Fax: 202-776-8008


2021: Smaranda C. Marinescu

2020: Hemamala Karunadasa

2019: Jillian Lee Dempsey

2018: Dwight Seferos

2017: Nilay Hazari

2016: Eric J. Schelter

2015: Emily A. Weiss



2019 recipient Jillian Lee Dempsey (center) is presented her award by award sponsor, Harry B. Gray (right), and Bonnie A. Charpentier, ACS President (left).
Photo by Loris Guzzetta/ACS