Bower Award And Prize For Achievement In Science

The 2019 Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science

Bower Award

Theme: Green and Sustainable Chemistry

Prize: $250,000 USD

Deadline for Submissions: May 31, 2018

The Franklin Institute seeks nominations for the 2019 Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science of individuals who have made significant contributions to green and sustainable chemistry—chemistry focused on the technological design of chemical products and processes that reduce or eliminate the use or generation of hazardous substances. Objectives of green and sustainable chemistry include: minimizing the use of chemical raw materials, reducing waste, lowering the toxicity of utilized chemicals, and improving lifecycle through the use of more sustainable or renewable raw materials to produce fuels or chemicals, thereby minimizing the environmental impact of chemical processes.

Nominations are encouraged in, but not limited to, the following subtopics:

  • New chemical processes with reduced hazardous byproducts
  • Applications of supercritical fluids in chemical processes as environmentally benign solvents for chemical reactions, extractions, and chemical analyses
  • Utilization of ionic liquids as environmentally friendly alternatives to volatile and flammable solvents in chemical processes
  • Use of catalysts that make chemical processes more selective, less energy intensive, or more economical in their use of feedstock

Nominations should clearly indicate the scientific impact—innovative, technical, and/or conceptual—and, when applicable, the societal impact of the nominee’s work.


  • This is an international competition for individuals who have made significant contributions to green and sustainable chemistry.
  • 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 spring 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
  • 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
  • Deadline for completed nominations is May 31, 2018

All nominations and supporting letters should be mailed or emailed to:

Beth Scheraga
Director of the Awards Program
The Franklin Institute
222 North 20th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103-1194


The Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science was established in 1990 through a bequest from Philadelphia chemical manufacturer and philanthropist Henry Bower (1896–1988), the grandson of a 19th century Franklin Institute laureate. The award, gold medal, and cash prize of $250,000 are presented annually to a distinguished member of the international scientific community for work in a prescribed discipline that changes each year. The Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science and the Bower Award for Business Leadership are the newest in The Franklin Institute’s unmatched history of recognizing and encouraging achievement in science, technology, and leadership. As the oldest comprehensive science and technology awards program in the U.S., The Franklin Institute Awards has honored more than 2,000 of the most pioneering scientists, engineers, inventors, and industrialists from across the globe since its inception in 1824. The roster of previous laureates includes Nikola Tesla, Thomas Edison, Marie and Pierre Curie, Orville Wright, Max Planck, Albert Einstein, Frank Lloyd Wright, Ruth Patrick, Stephen Hawking, Ralph Cicerone, Robert Grubbs, K. Barry Sharpless, Jane Goodall, Gordon Moore, Elizabeth Blackburn, Bill Gates, Dean Kamen, Joachim Frank, and Cori Bargmann.