ACS Award for Team Innovation

Award at a Glance

Recipient Industry
Category National Awards
DeadlineNovember 1, 2022


To highlight the value and importance of technical teams and teamwork to the chemical and allied industries by recognizing a multidisciplinary team for successfully moving an innovative idea to a product in commercial use now.


The award will consist of a cash award of $6,000 which will be shared equally by all team members. Each team member will receive a certificate and a certificate will also be provided to the employers of the team.


This award recognizes the team responsible for a commercialized innovation.

The team shall be multidisciplinary in nature and consists of not fewer than two (2) members. The nominated team's work must include at least one ACS member in good standing, and the accomplishments of the team must be documented in the technical literature as a publication(s) or a patent(s).

The output of the team must also demonstrate impact by the commercialization of a product or process that is of a special value to society, and be of a nature that could only be achieved by professionals working together effectively as a team. The rate of commercialization of the team's output will also be considered in the selection of the recipients of this award. The commercialization effort should have occurred with no major adverse impact to human health and the environment, e.g., no serious fire, explosion or employee injuries and the product should provide users with realistic health, safety and environmental protection consistent with its intended use.

The award will be granted regardless of race, gender, age, religion, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, presence of disabilities, or educational background of the team members.


November 1 (annual review)

How to Apply

The nomination period is open from July 1 to November 1. Learn more about ACS National Award Nominations.


ACS Corporation Associates


The award was established in 1994, with financial support from the Committee on Corporation Associates of the American Chemical Society.

Contact Information

Awards Office
American Chemical Society
1155 16th Street NW
Washington, DC 20036-4801
Phone: 202-872-4575
Fax: 202-776-8008

photo of Phillip Fountaine, Douglas Ginger, Suzanne Guerra, Pradeep Jain, Jian Wang presented with his award
2022 recipients Douglas S. Ginger, Suzanne Guerra, Pradeep Jain, Jian Wang, and Philip Fontaine (center) is presented with their awards by Don S. Wardius (right), and Angela K. Wilson, ACS President (left).
Photo by Nam Thai,

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