Inspired to submit a nomination? The Department of Energy is not seeking nominations at this time. Members of the community can expect the next call for nominations to be issued in the Fall of 2023, and for calls to be issued every other year thereafter. An invitation to submit nominations will be emailed to the DOE National Laboratories during the next open call and will be posted on this webpage when nominations are open.

October 26, 2022 - The Department of Energy (DOE) announced two National Laboratory scientists as the 2022 DOE Office of Science Distinguished Scientist Fellows: Dr. Marcela Carena of Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and Dr. Sheng Dai of Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The Office of Science hosted host a two-part lecture series featuring the 2022 Distinguished Scientist Fellows on November 9, 2022, and January 25, 2023. For additional information, including how to view recordings of the lectures, visit the Ceremony & Lecture Series page.

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An outgrowth of immense investment in scientific research initiated by the U.S. Government during World War II, the Energy Department's 17 National Laboratories have served as leading institutions for scientific innovation in the United States for more than seventy years. They address large-scale, complex research and development challenges with a multidisciplinary approach that places an emphasis on translating basic science to innovation. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science (SC) announces its interest in receiving nominations for SC Distinguished Scientist Fellows. This is an effort to strengthen support for the National Laboratory system and to provide National Laboratory scientists with access to an opportunity and honor similar to some that are available to scientists outside the National Laboratory structure.

The America COMPETES Act authorized the establishment of a Distinguished Scientist opportunity to develop, sustain, and promote scientific and academic excellence in Office of Science research through collaborations between institutions of higher education and national laboratories. This opportunity will be awarded on a competitive basis to no more than four particularly eminent and accomplished DOE National Laboratory scientists, and will consist of $1 million over three years, to be devoted to a project or projects of the recipient’s choosing. Each of the 17 DOE National Laboratory directors will be invited to nominate no more than two scientists from their respective institutions whose research has relevancy to at least one of the six major SC program offices (Advanced Scientific Computing Research, Basic Energy Research, Biological and Environmental Research, Fusion Energy Sciences, High Energy Physics, and Nuclear Physics). Awards will be selected on the basis of peer review.