ACS Award for Creative Invention

Award at a Glance

Recipient Industry, Faculty, Chemistry Professional, International
Category National Awards
Amount$5,000 + expenses
DeadlineNovember 1, 2023


To recognize a single inventor for the successful application of research in chemistry and/or chemical engineering that contributes to the material prosperity and happiness of people.


The award consists of $5,000 and a certificate. Up to $1,000 for travel expenses to the meeting at which the award will be presented will be reimbursed.


The award will be granted regardless of race, gender, age, religion, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, presence of disabilities, and educational background. A patent must have been granted for the work to be recognized, with the nominee listed as an inventor, and it will have been developed during the 17 years ending January 1, 2023. A copy of the patent must be submitted with the nominating documents.


November 1 (Annual Review)

How to Apply

The nomination period is open from July 1 to November 1 annually. Learn more about submitting a nomination for the ACS National Awards.


Sponsored by ACS Corporation Associates


The award was established in 1966 by the ACS Board of Directors through the efforts of the ACS Joint Board Council Committee on Patent Matters and Related Legislation. ACS Corporation Associates began sponsoring the award in 1975.

Contact icon

Contact Us

ACS National Awards Program
American Chemical Society
1155 16th Street NW | Washington, DC 20036

2024 Creative Invention Award Recipient Mary L. Disis
2024 Recipient Mary L. Disis (Center) is Presented with Her Award by Mary K. Carroll, ACS President (Left), and Sponsor Representative Don S. Wardius (Right)
Photo by

Related Opportunities