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


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.


November 1 (presented biennially in odd-numbered years)

How to Apply

The nomination period is open from July 1 to November 1. Learn more about ACS National Award Nominations.


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

Awards Office
American Chemical Society
1155 16th Street NW
Washington, DC 20036-4801
Phone: 202-872-4575
Fax: 202-776-8008

Award recipient Jeffrey Kelly receives his plaque during the 2019 award ceremony.
2019 recipient Jeffrey W. Kelly (center) is presented his award by sponsor representatives Amjad Ali (right) and Bonnie A. Charpentier, ACS President (left).
Photo by Loris Guzzetta/ACS

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