$20,000 (USD unless defined below)
Pre-Proposal / LOI Deadline: 
Monday, February 8, 2016

The Keck Futures Initiative—a program of the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and National Academy of Medicine, with the support of the W. M. Keck Foundation—will award $20,000 prizes to individuals or teams who have developed creative, original work that addresses issues and advances in science, engineering and/or medicine for the general public. Nominations are accepted in four categories: Book; Film/ Radio/TV; Magazine/Newspaper; and Online.



To be considered for a 2016 Communication Award, the work should:

• be accessible and appeal to a broad, public audience;

• demonstrate clarity, creativity, originality, and accuracy;

• address issues and/or advances in science, engineering, and/or medicine;

• cover topics that have an impact on society; and

• have been published, broadcast, or released in 2015, in the United States and in English.

Material primarily intended for children, reference books, and textbooks are not eligible for consideration. Candidates may be individuals or teams of not more than four people. Academies' employees are not eligible and posthumous awards are not permitted. This award is not for lifetime achievement; the work for which a candidate or team is nominated must have been published or broadcasted in 2015.


Call For Nominations Now Being Accepted

Nominations will be accepted through February 8, 2016. For more information about the process, please visit:



  •    February 8 - Nomination process closes; all nominations must be submitted online.
  •    February 12 - All supporting materials must be received or nomination is invalid. Please see specific category for required supporting materials.
  •    Fall 2016 - Winners honored at a ceremony. Date to be determined.



The nominations process closes February 8, 2016; copies of the nominated work must be submitted as described for each category by February 12, 2016. Self- nominations are permitted; there is no nomination fee.  Nominators are encouraged to submit to the category that most closely described the work(s) being nominated.  Supporting materials will not be returned. 

The criteria for each category are listed below.


Books must have been published in the U.S. in 2015 to be considered. Please submit two copies of the book. The publisher and year of publication must be printed on the book. Advance publication dates must include verification from the publisher.

 Works in this category must have aired on a U.S. station or have been released in U.S. theaters or on DVD in 2015 and may include a single story or movie, a series, or as many as six brief, unrelated stories. Please submit links to the segments (that will be active until October 31, 2016), or three CDs or DVDs labeled with the nominee's name(s), the title(s) included on the DVD or CD, and the original airdate (with the name of the U.S. station and the program on which the stories aired) or release date. These must be submitted in protective cases and include authorization allowing the Keck Futures Initiative to reproduce the CD or DVD for review purposes (copyright release). Submission of copies of the program transcript is also encouraged. If you are not able to provide copyright release, please submit 20 copies of the CD or DVD.

Work in this category must have been published in the U.S. in 2015, and may comprise a single article or as many as four articles that are unrelated or that constitute a formal series. Please submit links to the articles (that will be active until October 31, 2016); a PDF of article(s) (3MB max per article), or three original copies of each article. Review materials should clearly show the byline and the name and date of the publication and authorization allowing the Keck Futures Initiative to reproduce the article for review purposes (copyright release). If you are not able to provide copyright release, please send 20 copies of the article(s), or a PDF file of the article(s) to Keep in mind to submit in the format you prefer your work(s) to be reviewed in.

Works in this category may include as many as six blog entries, hypertext documents, videos, podcasts, commentaries, data visualizations, interactive components, etc., or any combination thereof, created specifically for the Web that were posted online in 2015. Preference will be given to nominations that make the best use of the medium, including multi-media presentations that incorporate a combination of writings, features, and/or other capabilities unique to this communication medium. Include links to the unique URLs for each work(s). Links must be active through October 31, 2016.

Questions? Or if you would like to be on the awards ceremony invite list, please email


Winners and finalists will be announced early fall 2016.

For More Information
Visit  for a complete listing of this year's Selection Committee, information about the awards and to nominate.

Kind regards,
~Rachel Lesinski

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