ACS Award in Applied Polymer Science

Award at a Glance

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


To recognize and encourage outstanding achievements in the science or technology of plastics, coatings, polymer composites, adhesives, and related fields.


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.


This award recognizes and encourages the achievements of scientists who are active in the fields of polymer and polymer materials research. The recipient will be selected primarily on the basis of scientific contributions made to the technology of plastics, coatings, polymer composites, adhesives, and related fields during the 10-year period preceding the date of selection. Preference will be given to avoid repeating specific areas of technology whenever recognized by the granting of this award in the two preceding years. 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.


November 1 (Annual Review)

Nominations for this award were not accepted during the 2025 National Awards cycle due to a lack of funding.

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.


If you have information about possible sponsors for this award, please contact


The ACS Award in Applied Polymer Science was preceded by the ACS Award in the Chemistry of Plastics and Coatings, sponsored by the Borden Foundation, Inc. and established in 1966. The Phillips Petroleum Co. sponsored the award from 1981 to 1999. No award was given in 1982. The ACS sponsored the award in 2000 and 2003. The ACS Division of Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering and ACS Corporation Associates sponsored the award in 2001 and 2002. Eastman Chemical Company sponsored the award from 2004 to 2023.

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2024 Applied Polymer Science Award Recipient Frank S. Bates
2024 Recipient Frank S. Bates (Center) is Presented with His Award by Mary K. Carroll, ACS President (Left), and Sponsor Representative Dawn Mason (Right)
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