Elias J. Corey Award for Outstanding Original Contribution in Organic Synthesis by a Young Investigator

Award at a Glance

Recipient Early Career
Category National Awards
Amount$5,000 + expenses
DeadlineNovember 1, 2022


To recognize original and insightful work by a young investigator that has had significant impact on the field of synthetic organic chemistry.


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.


The award will be granted to an individual who has less than 15 years of experience since his/her terminal degree, who has demonstrated creativity in the field of synthetic organic chemistry. A nominee must have accomplished research that is of exceptional merit and adds value to the field, such as the contribution of a novel and highly useful reagent, reaction, or catalytic process that solves a synthetic problem of considerable importance.

Special consideration will be given to the application of such novel chemistry toward the synthesis of natural products and organic molecules of medicinal importance, and to the discovery of novel reactions or processes with broad utility. The award will be granted regardless of race, gender, 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. Learn more about ACS National Award Nominations.


The Pfizer Endowment Fund


The award was established by the ACS Board of Directors in 2002. It is supported by the Pfizer Endowment Fund, which was funded by Pfizer, Inc.

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 Abigail G. Doyle  presented with her award
2022 recipient Abigail G. Doyle, attending virtually, is presented with her award by Angela K. Wilson, ACS President (left) and Michelle Tran-Dubé, Sponsor Representative (right).
Photo by Nam Thai, EPNAC.com

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