Since its inception in 1824, The Franklin Institute has honored trailblazing advances in science, technology, and industry. Recognizing outstanding achievements and the brilliant men and women from across the globe who make them is an important way we celebrate the legacy of our namesake, Ben Franklin—America’s first great scientist and one of the most impactful trailblazers of his time. In this spirit, The Franklin Institute invites you to nominate candidates for the Benjamin Franklin Medals, the Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science, and the Bower Award for Business Leadership.
Nominees must be living and award recipients must participate in the Awards Ceremony at which their medals are presented.
All awardees receive 14k gold medals.
Nominations are accepted from any individual or organization, including self-nominations.
The Benjamin Franklin Medals – Nominations Welcome
The Benjamin Franklin Medals are awarded annually and span seven disciplines of science and engineering: chemistry, civil and mechanical engineering, computer and cognitive science, earth and environmental science, electrical engineering, life science, and physics. Recipients of the Benjamin Franklin Medals receive an honorarium of $10,000 per award. Nominations for the Benjamin Franklin Medals are accepted at any time.
The Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science – Nomination Period Closed
The Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science is presented for outstanding achievement in a different, predetermined field of interest each year. As stipulated by the will of Henry Bower, this award includes a $250,000 cash prize. Nominations for the Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science are accepted through May of the year prior to the award presentation.
The theme of the 2020 Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science is Neural Networks for Machine Learning.
The Bower Award for Business Leadership – Nominations Welcome
The Bower Award for Business Leadership honors an individual from an American business or industry who personifies outstanding qualities and attainments in leadership, the advancement of sound economic practices, and adherence to the highest ethical standards. Nominations for the Bower Award for Business Leadership are accepted at any time.
Director, The Franklin Institute Awards