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

Award at a Glance

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


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 their terminal degree and 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 annually. Learn more about submitting a nomination for the ACS National Awards.


Supported by an Endowed Fund Established by Pfizer, Inc.


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.

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2024 Corey Award Recipient Guangbing Dong
2024 Recipient Guangbin Dong (Center) is Presented with His Award by Mary K. Carroll, ACS President (Left), and Sponsor Representative Michelle Tran-Dubé (Right)
Photo by EPNAC.com

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