Arthur C. Cope Award

Award at a Glance

Recipient Industry, Faculty, Chemistry Professional, International
Category National Awards
Amount$25,000 + $150,000 to institution
DeadlineNovember 1, 2023


To recognize outstanding achievement in the field of organic chemistry, the significance of which has become apparent within the five years preceding the year in which the award will be presented.


The award consists of $25,000, a medallion with a presentation box, and a certificate. Up to $2,500 for travel expenses to the ACS Spring Meeting at which the award will be presented and to the ACS Fall Meeting where the recipient will deliver their award address will be reimbursed. The medallion will be presented during the award address.

An unrestricted grant-in-aid of $150,000 for research in organic chemistry, under the direction of the recipient, designated as an Arthur C. Cope Fund Grant, will be made to any university or non-profit institution selected by the recipient. A recipient may choose to assign the Arthur C. Cope Fund Grant to an institution for use by others for research or education in organic chemistry.


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)

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.


Supported by an Endowed Fund Established by Arthur C. Cope


In 1972, the ACS Board of Directors accepted responsibility for administering an award created under the terms of the will of Arthur C. Cope.

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2024 Cope Award Recipient William L. Jorgensen
2024 Recipient William L. Jorgensen (Center) is Presented with His Award by Mary K. Carroll, ACS President (Left), and Wayne E. Jones, Jr., Chair of the ACS Board of Directors (Right)
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