E. B. Hershberg Award for Important Discoveries in Medicinally Active Substances

Award at a Glance

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


To recognize and encourage outstanding discoveries in the chemistry of medicinally active substances.


The award consists of $5,000 and a certificate. Up to $1,000 for travel expenses to the meeting at which the award will be presented will be reimbursed. The award is presented biennially in odd-numbered years.


The award will be granted for outstanding discoveries and/or developments in the chemistry of medicinally active substances, regardless of race, gender, age, religion, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, presence of disabilities, and educational background.

The discovery for which the award is given should have been made during the last two decades.


November 1 (Presented Biennially in Odd-Numbered Years)

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.


Merck Research Laboratories


The award was established in 1988 by Merck Research Laboratories (formerly Schering-Plough Research Institute) to honor the contributions of Emanuel B. Hershberg to the pharmaceutical industry, especially the application of organic chemistry for the discovery and development of novel drugs.

Contact Information

ACS National Awards Program
American Chemical Society
1155 16th Street NW | Washington, DC 20036
Email: awards@acs.org

2023 Recipient Kenneth A. Jacobson
2023 Recipient Kenneth A. Jacobson (Center) is Presented with His Award by Judith Giordan, ACS President (Left) and Sponsor Representative Amjad Ali (Right)
Photo by EPNAC.com

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