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Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science

Granting Organization: 
The Franklin Institute
Submission Deadline: 
Sunday, May 31, 2020
Program Descripton: 

The Franklin Institute seeks nominations for the 2021 Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science of individuals who have made significant contributions to the scientific understanding of decision-making. The interdisciplinary field of decision-making integrates theory and methods from economics, psychology, neuroscience, computer science, and related areas to understand the mechanisms through which individuals and groups choose among competing possibilities and how these mechanisms guide behavior.

Award Size:  $250,000 USD

Eligibilty: 

This is an international competition for individuals who have made significant contributions to research in decision-making and/or its applications. This award and prize must be presented to an individual, as specified by the will of Henry Bower.

Candidates must be living, and the winner must participate in The Franklin Institute Awards Week programs, to be held in April 2021 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.

Application Process: 

Nominations from any individual or organization will be accepted, including self-nominations.

Nomination Procedures: Nominations must be submitted in English and must include:

  • Name and contact information of nominee
  • Name and contact information of nominator
  • Nominee’s curriculum vitae and bibliography of significant and relevant publications
  • Proposed citation of 50 words or fewer, highlighting the achievement(s) for which the candidate is nominated
  • Narrative statement describing the nominee’s qualifications for the award
  • Four confidential letters of support requested by the nominator, sent directly to The Franklin Institute Awards Office
Notes: 

The Office of the Vice President of Research is pleased to provide support for the nomination process as well as assistance with the application materials. Requests for assistance can be sent to Dean Evasius.