Nakanishi Prize

Award at a Glance

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


To recognize and stimulate significant work that extends chemical and spectroscopic methods to the study of important biological phenomena.


The prize consists of $5,000, a medallion with a presentation box, and a certificate. Up to $2,500 for travel expenses to the meeting at which the award will be presented will be reimbursed. Presentations in odd-numbered years are administered by the ACS and presentations in even-numbered years are administered by the Chemical Society of Japan. The medallion will be presented during the award address.


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 for outstanding scientific achievement. Special consideration will be given for work that has contributed broadly on an international scope.


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.


The Nakanishi Prize Endowment


The prize was established in 1995 by the students and colleagues of Koji Nakanishi in the United States and Japan and by members of the scientific community of both countries who have benefited by his nurturing of collaborative and interdisciplinary science. The prize is given in the US and Japan in alternate years through the designated Societies. The separate endowments are administered accordingly.

Contact Information

ACS National Awards Program
American Chemical Society
1155 16th Street NW | Washington, DC 20036

2023 Recipient Gilad Haran
2023 Recipient Gilad Haran (Center) is Presented with His Award by Judith Giordan, ACS President (Left) and Angela K. Wilson, ACS Immediate Past President (Right)
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