Nomination & Selection Guidelines

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2021 Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award Nomination Guidelines

The Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award is bestowed by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to mid-career scientists and engineers in recognition of exceptional scientific, technical, and engineering achievements related to the broad missions of DOE and its programs. The Lawrence Award, established in 1959 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower and the Atomic Energy Commission, honors Ernest O. Lawrence, the 1939 Nobel Laureate in physics who helped establish the DOE laboratory system.

The objectives of the Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award are to encourage excellence in energy science and technology; to inspire people to dedicate their lives and talents to scientific and technological effort, through the examples of Ernest O. Lawrence and the Lawrence Award laureates; and to highlight the accomplishments of the U.S. scientific and technological communities associated with DOE.

Lawrence Award Laureates receive a citation signed by the Secretary of Energy, a gold-plated medal bearing the likeness of Ernest O. Lawrence, and an honorarium.

Nominations for the 2021 Lawrence Award are solicited in each of the following nine categories, representing the broad research missions of DOE and its programs:

  • Atomic, Molecular, and Chemical Sciences
  • Biological and Environmental Sciences
  • Computer, Information, and Knowledge Sciences
  • Condensed Matter and Materials Sciences
  • Energy Science and Innovation
  • Fusion and Plasma Sciences
  • High Energy Physics
  • National Security and Nonproliferation
  • Nuclear Physics

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The award shall ordinarily be bestowed to one person in a given category, but may be shared if (i) the nominees sharing the award worked on the identical accomplishment and, (ii) the nominees sharing the award contributed equally to the accomplishment. If there are co-winners within a category, its honorarium is shared equally.

Jump to: Preparation of Nomination Materials for additional details on co-nominations.

DOE encourages nominations of individuals from underrepresented groups and is committed to fostering safe, diverse, equitable, and inclusive work, research, and funding environments. Read the Office of Science’s Statement of Commitment for more information on this commitment.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligibility for the Lawrence Award requires nominees meet all of the following criteria:

  • Be in the middle of their careers, defined as within 20 years of earning their highest degree*;
  • Be citizens of the United States;
  • Be recognized for achievement in research principally funded by the DOE; and
  • Be recognized primarily on the scientific impact and technical significance of their work relative to its discipline and/or related mission. (Business management and acumen, while valued, is not a significant factor used when evaluating a nominee’s worthiness.)

* For 2021 nominations, Lawrence Award nominees must have had their highest earned degree conferred in calendar year 2001 or later to be eligible.

Nomination Materials

Nominations must include the following materials and be submitted online through the Ernest O. Lawrence Awards Nominations System.

  • Letter of justification. (Limit 2,000 words.)
  • Selection of an award category (Atomic, Molecular, and Chemical Sciences; Biological and Environmental Sciences; Computer, Information, and Knowledge Sciences; Condensed Matter and Materials Sciences; Energy Science and Innovation; Fusion and Plasma Sciences; High Energy Physics; National Security and Nonproliferation; or Nuclear Physics). Please note an individual’s nomination is limited to a single category.
  • A statement explaining the nominee’s connection to DOE support. (Limit 800 words.)
  • Letters of support (3 to 6) from individuals familiar with the nominee’s work. (Limit 1,200 words each.)
  • A suggested citation summarizing and highlighting the nominee’s achievement. The citation should make clear the specific reason for making this award to the nominee. (Limit 35 words)
  • A bibliography of significant publications related to the achievement*. (Limit 10 entries; 80 words or less each.)
  • Curriculum vitae (CV). (Limit 2,000 words.)

* Please omit any secondary publications and non-archival materials from the nominee’s bibliography and do not include complete articles as part of the nomination. Note, the bibliography is a separate component from the curriculum vitae.

Jump to: Preparation of Nomination Materials for additional requirements and guidance.

Nomination Deadline

All nomination materials and support letters for the 2021 Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award must be received by Tuesday, August 24, 2021, 5:00 PM ET. No materials will be accepted after the nomination deadline has passed.

Nomination System

Nominations are submitted online using the Lawrence Awards Nominations System.

A nomination system user account is required to create and submit nominations. The nomination system guides nominators and letter of support authors regarding submission, in detail. Key guidance and information based on common questions is provided below:

  • Nomination leads and administrative support are encouraged to create a user account early in the development of a nomination package to become familiar with system and submission requirements.
  • The nomination system requires all elements of a nomination package to be entered via text input fields. Files, including images, may not be uploaded.
  • The nomination system includes capabilities to solicit and manage letters of support. Letter of support authors will receive an email notification from the online system with instructions to access the system and submit a letter of support.
  • Classified information should not be included in any nomination materials.

Jump to: Preparation of Nomination Materials for additional requirements and guidance.


Lawrence Award Category Descriptions

The Lawrence Award honors scientists and engineers for exceptional scientific, technical, and engineering achievements related to the broad missions of DOE and its programs in the following nine categories. The Lawrence Award category descriptions are provided to help guide nominators when submitting a nomination. The choice of category is made at the sole discretion of the nominator(s).

Atomic, Molecular, and Chemical Sciences

This award category recognizes transformative accomplishments related to the Department’s research investments advancing foundational understanding and control, at the level of atoms and electrons, of chemical transformations and energy flow in systems relevant to DOE missions. Advances in these areas provide a basis for development of new processes for generation, storage, and use of energy and for mitigation of environmental impacts of energy use. Appropriate research accomplishments broadly recognized under this category may include advances in understanding the: interactions of atoms, molecules, and ions with photons, x-rays, or electrons; making and breaking of chemical bonds in the gas phase, in solutions, at interfaces, and on surfaces; energy transfer processes within and between molecules; quantum nature of atomic and molecular systems and approaches to exploit advances in quantum information science for solutions to currently intractable problems; interfacial chemistry to advance next-generation microelectronics; chemical science theory and computational applications that exploit emerging leadership-class computing capabilities; and chemical conversions of increasingly complex chemical systems such as polymers. Other relevant topics under this category include: use of data analytics and machine learning for data-driven science; atomic, molecular and optical (AMO) sciences; chemical physics; radiation chemistry; organic and inorganic photochemistry including solar photochemistry; photo-induced electron and energy transfer; photoelectrochemistry; molecular assemblies for artificial photosynthesis; surface and interfacial chemistry; organometallic chemistry; mechanisms of heterogeneous, homogeneous, and bio- catalysis; separation science; heavy element chemistry; theory, modeling, and computational simulations of chemical properties and reactivity; and aspects of chemical engineering sciences.

Nominations based on relevant experimental, theoretical, and computational research and discoveries are encouraged.

Biological and Environmental Sciences

This award category recognizes transformative accomplishments related to the Department’s research investments to understand the biological, biogeochemical, and physical processes that span from molecular and genomics-controlled scales to the regional and global scales that govern changes in climate and the Earth system. Nominations are encouraged that recognize significant accomplishments in the use of genomic information to elucidate principles guiding the translation of genetic code into organismal- or community-scale function, as well as characterization and visualization of biological processes underlying the systems biology of plants and microbes as they respond to and modify their environments. This foundational science builds the base of predictive understanding necessary for directed design and reengineering of microbes and plants, which in turn underpins the Department’s clean and sustainable energy portfolio. Specific end targets of interest include improved biofuels and bioproducts, enhanced capabilities for carbon capture and storage, and controlled biological transformation of materials such as nutrients and contaminants in the environment. Nominations are also encouraged that recognize advancements in fundamental understanding of dynamic physical and biogeochemical processes. This knowledge is required to systematically develop integrated Earth system models across the atmosphere, land masses, oceans, sea ice, and subsurface. Additional example topics may include atmospheric processes; terrestrial ecosystem processes, including nutrient cycling and water cycling; environmental and Earth system modeling; and analysis of impacts and interdependencies of energy production with, for example, the environment, clouds, aerosols, biogeochemistry, and the cryosphere. Research achievements that contribute understanding and solutions on the causes and impacts of climate and Earth system changes on energy systems, and feedbacks among drivers of Earth system changes are encouraged.

Nominations based on relevant experimental, theoretical, and computational research and discoveries are encouraged.

Computer, Information, and Knowledge Sciences

This award category recognizes transformative accomplishments related to the Department’s research investments advancing the development of breakthrough mathematics, computer science, and underlying technologies required to extract information, knowledge, and insight from data. These investments support development of theoretical, algorithmic, mathematical, and computational tools to build solid foundations for computer, information, and knowledge sciences, including quantum information science, artificial intelligence, and machine learning. Advances in these areas underpin the ability to computationally model theoretical concepts, simulate physical systems and phenomena, and define the state-of-the-art in understanding how knowledge is most effectively represented, organized, retrieved, and utilized. Ultimately such tools will help enable new scientific and technological discovery linking across length and time scales, serve to robustly join experiment with theory and simulation, and provide pathways towards multi-scale, predictive understanding required to advance many missions of DOE supported research and development. Appropriate topical nominations may include, but are not limited to, data intensive computing including programming paradigms, advanced and novel architectures, visualization tools, software, codes, and algorithms to extract information from data and provide scientific insight; inference and prediction of large-scale, complex systems including data assimilation, uncertainty quantification, statistics, and machine learning; quantum information techniques and technology for computation and simulation including the design and implementation of quantum information processing architectures, devising and analyzing new quantum algorithms, or researching fundamental aspects of quantum computing and quantum communication; next-generation networking to support diverse types of distributed computational activities and to facilitate world-wide scientific collaboration; and computing in extreme environments including exascale computing and the associated issues of computing at scale, such as fault tolerance, resilience, system design, programming environments, methodologies for performance analysis and prediction, communications, storage, efficiency, and retrieval as well as highly complex system interactions that challenge computational capability in extreme environments.

Condensed Matter and Materials Sciences

This award category recognizes transformative accomplishments related to the Department’s research investments to probe, understand, and control properties and energy flow in materials over multiple time and length scales. It also recognizes research to advance fundamental atomistic understanding of macroscopic behavior to improve material properties and performance through innovative design, synthesis, and processing. DOE mission areas impacted through basic science achievement in these areas include the discovery, development, and implementation of materials that improve the efficiency, economy, environmental acceptability, and safety in energy generation, conversion, transmission, and utilization. Nominations may come from the condensed matter physics, materials sciences, or related engineering communities. This category includes topics in experimental, theoretical, and computational condensed matter and materials sciences focused on the control and discovery of materials properties through exploration of co-operative and quantum effects leading to emergent behavior, new phases of matter, or unexpected phenomena. It also includes fundamental research in the discovery, design, synthesis, and characterization of materials with novel functionalities, performance, and properties, including the following: nanomaterials and nanostructured assemblies; solid-state chemistry; polymers and polymer composites; next-generation microelectronics and quantum information science systems; and development of innovative synthesis and processing science (including biomimetic and bioinspired routes to functional materials and complex structures). The category also recognizes accomplishments in scattering and instrumentation sciences for materials exploration and characterization, including development and use of advanced electron, ion, neutron, and x-ray characterization capabilities to reveal atomic, electronic, and magnetic excitations and dynamics that lead to improved fundamental understanding of the physical properties of materials. This category recognizes advances resulting from investigations and techniques to resolve the evolution of structure, chemistry, and properties with time, under extreme environments, and for use in energy applications, as well as theoretical and computational research to advance predictive understanding of condensed matter and materials systems.

Nominations based on relevant experimental, theoretical, and computational research and discoveries are encouraged.

Energy Science and Innovation

“use inspired” scientific research to develop new understanding, methodologies, and materials required to advance, promote, and enable energy innovation. In general, research achievements in this category should be innovations that transcend any narrowly defined technological application. Moreover, the discoveries underpinning nominations in this category must demonstrate scientific leadership, will typically be disruptive advances, and likely be a result of high risk – high reward research. Nominations may come from a variety of scientific and engineering research disciplines, with broad topical examples including, but not limited to, use inspired research discovery for renewable, clean, and low-carbon energy (e.g., biofuels, wind, solar fuels, photovoltaics, hydrogen and fuel cells, water, carbon capture/removal and sequestration, carbon neutral fuel cycles, fission and fusion technology, radiation damage resistant materials, advanced nuclear fuel cycles, nuclear reactor modeling and simulation, etc.); energy efficiency (e.g., advanced manufacturing, combustion and reacting flows, transportation, high temperature superconductivity, photonics, solid-state lighting, etc.); and cross-cutting topics (e.g., environmental technology research, nanoscience and technology, energy storage, accelerator R&D, cybersecurity, etc.).

Nominations based on relevant experimental, theoretical, and computational research and discoveries are encouraged.

Fusion and Plasma Sciences

This award category recognizes transformative accomplishments related to the Department’s research investments to expand the fundamental understanding of matter at very high temperatures and densities and to build the scientific foundations needed to develop a fusion energy source. These foundations are provided through fundamental research exploring the nature of fusion plasmas and the means for confining plasma to yield energy, and includes developing the scientific basis and computational tools to predict the behavior of magnetically confined plasmas; using the advances in tokamak research to enhance the initiation of the burning plasma; exploring innovative confinement options that offer the potential of more attractive fusion energy sources in the long term; developing the cutting edge technologies that enable fusion facilities to achieve their scientific goals; and carrying out research on innovative materials to enable the future generations of fission and fusion reactors, as well as to establish the economic feasibility and environmental quality of fusion energy. Achievements related to the study of plasmas under a wide range of temperature and density conditions, to the development of advanced diagnostics to make detailed measurements of plasma properties, and to the creation of theoretical/computational models to resolve the essential physics, can also support nominations in this category. This category also includes research achievements that explore basic issues in plasma science, including low-temperature plasmas; magnetic fields in plasma; micro-plasma behavior; atomic processes in plasma; plasma astrophysics; laser-produced plasma and high-energy-density laboratory plasmas (HEDLP) including non-weapons physics aspects of inertial confinement fusion and related research to develop laboratory capabilities to create and measure extreme conditions of temperature, pressure, and radiation - including thermonuclear burn; warm dense matter; ultra-cold plasma; complex and single-component plasma; nonlinear plasma dynamics; and plasma effects in solids; as well as developing the scientific basis and computational tools to predict the behavior of confined and astrophysical plasmas.

Nominations based on relevant experimental, theoretical, and computational research and discoveries are encouraged.

High Energy Physics

investments to advance understanding of how the universe works at its most fundamental level by discovering the elementary constituents of matter and energy, probing the interactions between them, and exploring the basic nature of space and time. Broadly, the goals of the field relevant to DOE are to use the Higgs Boson as a new tool for discovery; pursue the physics associated with neutrino mass; identify the new physics of dark matter; understand cosmic acceleration; and explore the unknown, in the form of new particles, interactions and physical principles. Nominations for paradigm-shifting achievements in particle physics, particle accelerators, advanced instrumentation, and relevant scientific computation are encouraged. Appropriate nominations may include, but are not limited to major experimental achievements in the study of fundamental particles and their interactions; theoretical research achievements that provide the vision and mathematical framework to significantly advance understanding of particles, forces, space-time, and the universe; and transformative research achievements related to advancing the next generation of accelerators, instrumentation, and computing technologies used by High Energy Physics and related fields. These general topics include, for example, experimental and theoretical studies of particle interactions using collisions at the highest possible energies; properties of neutrinos produced by accelerators and nuclear reactors; rare processes using high intensity beams on fixed targets; searches for proton decay; the properties of dark energy; searches for primordial antimatter; and detection of the particles constituting dark matter. Theoretical advances can also include analytical and numerical computational techniques for related studies; and discovery of theoretical frameworks for understanding fundamental particles and forces at the deepest level possible. Relevant advanced technologies include those that support research in the physics of photon (x-ray), heavy-ion, neutron, electron, proton and particle beams and accelerators; experimental, analytic and computational modeling techniques advancing the science and technology underpinning the development and implementation of high-energy, high-intensity and high-brightness beams; beam dynamics, optimization and controls; the science of compact and high gradient accelerating cavities; high-efficiency power sources and transmission; and cutting-edge beam diagnostic techniques. Topics in instrumentation include, for example, fundamental advances in the physics of particle and radiation detection in extreme radiation, temperature, or background environments; significantly enhanced particle detection sensitivity, including via quantum detectors, materials, and engineering; device physics and fabrication technologies; and advanced electronics and real-time data acquisition systems capable of ultra-fast readout and/or massive data rates.

Nominations based on relevant experimental, theoretical, and computational research and discoveries are encouraged.

National Security and Nonproliferation

This award category recognizes transformative accomplishments related to the Department’s research investments supporting portions of its National Security and Nonproliferation missions:

National Security – This subcategory recognizes transformative scientific achievement and discovery that primarily underpins the stockpile stewardship mission, and its goal to achieve a fundamental first-principles understanding of nuclear performance beyond empirical models presently used to maintain tested stockpile weapons. Nominations are encouraged based upon transformative research in relevant topics leading to predictive understanding regarding the properties of materials under extreme conditions including the static and dynamic (i.e., shock-compressed) properties of materials under conditions of high-pressure, high-temperature, high-strain, and high-strain-rate to reveal their thermodynamic properties (equation-of-state, high-pressure phase diagram, pressure-induced phase transformation, etc.) or to reveal their mechanical constitutive properties (plasticity and strength, failure, fracture, etc.). This category also recognizes achievements in topics that include, but are limited to, weapons physics related work in laser-produced plasma and high-energy-density laboratory plasmas (HEDLP) including inertial confinement fusion, and development of laboratory capabilities to create and measure extreme conditions of temperature, pressure, and radiation - including thermonuclear burn; weapons physics relevant hydrodynamic experiments, theory, and simulation; development of novel advanced diagnostics and measurement techniques to observe relevant physical phenomena at appropriate length and time scales; and the development and experimental validation of physics-based multi-scale models to understand the dynamic response of materials. Nominations based upon stockpile stewardship related basic research discoveries in actinide or high-explosives sciences are also encouraged. This category also includes weapons relevant low-energy nuclear scientific discovery leading to greater accuracy in the knowledge of low energy cross sections of stable and unstable nuclei and corresponding reaction rates for neutron-, gamma- and ion-induced reactions for both simulation and radiochemistry diagnosis; development of advanced simulations and measurement techniques leading to improved radiation and particle detection (energy and spatial resolution) methods; physics of the fission process, including division of mass and charge as a function of excitation, production of energy, and the reaction properties of prompt fission products; investigations of particle production and techniques advancing high-energy proton radiography and x-ray radiography; and development of experimental diagnostic techniques for laser or pulsed power implosion systems.

Nominations based on relevant experimental, theoretical, and computational research and discoveries are encouraged.

Nonproliferation – This subcategory recognizes transformative scientific achievement and discovery in areas related to deterring and detecting illicit use of weapons-usable nuclear and radiological materials and equipment. Nominations based upon discovery leading to improvements in nuclear detection and characterization, nuclear detonation detection, and advancing the technical base for national and homeland security agencies to meet their nonproliferation, counterproliferation, and counterterrorism objectives, are encouraged. The topical areas are widespread, and include, but are not limited to, predictive capabilities derived through advances in fundamental understanding of the evolution and alteration of forensic or isotopic signatures; new or improved detection approaches enabling analysis of physical and chemical signatures more rapidly and with better precision and accuracy; transformative advances to detect post-nuclear detonation; the discovery and identification of new signatures of nuclear materials production and use; understanding and measuring variations intended to mask materials diversion; new techniques for multidimensional imaging of nuclear material; new approaches for explosive device detection; and new modalities to acquire, analyze, and apply ubiquitous sensing data.

Nominations based on relevant experimental, theoretical, and computational research and discoveries are encouraged.

Nuclear Physics

This award category recognizes transformative accomplishments related to the Department’s research investments advancing discovery, exploration, and understanding of all forms of nuclear matter. This award category encourages nominations supported by transformative discovery in experimental and theoretical research to create, detect, and describe the different forms and complexities of nuclear matter that can exist, or are no longer found naturally, in the universe. Appropriate topical submissions include, but are not limited to, nominations based upon investigations of the high temperature frontier of quantum chromodynamics (QCD) to recreate and characterize new predicted forms of matter and phenomena that might occur in extremely hot, dense nuclear matter and which have not existed since the Big Bang. This category also includes nominations based upon discovery in the low temperature frontier of QCD to understand how the properties of existing matter arise from the properties of QCD, as well as accomplishments in the frontiers of nuclear structure, fundamental symmetry, and the properties of neutrinos including their masses. Additional appropriate topics include those related to nuclear astrophysics, such as nuclear and astrophysics at extremes including the properties of nuclei far from stability; gamma-ray bursts; supernovae explosions; black holes; neutron stars; the radiation environments surrounding these objects; and the nuclear reactions that occur within these environments to form the observed elements. Nominations based upon accomplishments in nuclear theory that support the interpretation of data and that advance new ideas and hypotheses that have impacted experimental investigations, nominations recognizing fundamental research discoveries advancing the production of radioactive and stable isotopes that are in short supply for research and applications, and nominations recognizing research and development accomplishments related to the science, engineering, and technology for accelerators of electrons, protons and heavy ions, are also encouraged.

Nominations based on relevant experimental, theoretical, and computational research and discoveries are encouraged.


Lawrence Award Assessment Criteria, Merit Review, and Selection

Assessment Criteria

The award is given for an outstanding contribution of an exceptionally creative or innovative character. Such achievements (i) must demonstrate significant innovation and discovery; (ii) must be identifiable as transformative; (iii) must show promise for prominent scientific or technical leadership; and (iv) must be distinguishable from an evolutionary collection of steady, longer-term, integrated contributions.

Eligible nominees will be assessed primarily on the scientific impact and/or technical significance, and leadership potential, of their work relative to its discipline and/or related mission*, using the following criteria:

1) Scientific and/or technical merit and impact of the discovery or innovation:

Consider, for example, the influence the nominee’s achievement has had on the direction, progress, and thinking in relevant scientific, technological, and/or engineering fields of research and DOE mission areas. For example, is the achievement considered transformative? How does the scientific/technical innovation and originality rank with respect to its field? To what extent has the nominee’s work generated and fostered new valuable results or helped to solve an outstanding or critical problem? To what extent do accomplishments show leadership and broad benefit? What impact has the discovery had on DOE mission areas? How are achievements(s) identifiable with DOE and its components? In the case of a co-nomination, is the co-nomination adequately justified?

2) Performance metrics supporting the significance and quality of the nominee’s achievement, and their potential for exceptional leadership at the frontiers of scientific or technological knowledge:

Consider, for example, the impact, quantity, and quality of the body of cited work, patents, or widespread application that directly resulted from the nominee’s achievement. Has the achievement been recognized by peers through other notable awards received by the nominee or others working in the same or related discipline? How does the nominee show potential for exceptional leadership at the frontiers of scientific or technological knowledge? To what extent are the stated impacts of the achievement(s) adequately supported with evidence and/or examples?

*Business management and acumen, while valued, is not a significant assessment factor used when evaluating a nominee’s worthiness.

Merit Review

To be considered, a nominee must meet all eligibility criteria and have a nomination package comprising all required materials. To assess eligibility, and prior to the comprehensive merit evaluation, an initial review of all nomination packages will be conducted by the Office of Science, Lawrence Award Program Manager (or designee). Only those nominees meeting all requirements will be advanced for merit review.

The nomination materials uploaded and received through the electronic submission process will provide the sole basis for the merit review. The merit review will comprise a thorough, consistent, and objective examination of eligible applicants based on pre-established criteria by persons, selected by Federal Officials, to serve as evaluators (merit reviewers).

Merit reviewers will be established leaders in the scientific, technical, and engineering communities relevant to each award category. Reviewers must be independent of the nominees and must comply with all applicable DOE rules or directives concerning the use of outside evaluators. Merit reviewers are expected to provide independent reviews for each nominee under evaluation. Reviewers are not empaneled as a Federal Advisory Committee and therefore are not asked to form formal consensus opinions regarding nominees under review. Recommendations from reviewers are not binding. Reviewers with a conflict of interest may not participate in the merit review of a nominee. The identity of all reviewers shall remain anonymous, and all nomination and review materials shall remain confidential.

Each nominee will be evaluated by no fewer than three merit reviewers. Based upon the assessment criteria, each merit reviewer will document each nominee’s strengths and weaknesses. As part of their evaluation, reviewers will be asked to provide their overall individual assessment of the nominees in the form of a rank ordering. Numerical scores, such as rank ordering, are only one component of evaluations used to inform selection officials and will be interpreted within the context of full reviewer evaluations.

Selection

Federal Officials will review the nomination packages and the reviewer’s final evaluations and analyze each reviewer’s independent evaluation of, and recommendation regarding, the nominations submitted. Using this analysis, Federal Officials will prepare a Selection Statement identifying those nominees, if any, are being recommended for the award. The Selection Statement will document the rationale supporting the recommendations. The final selection and conferment of an award is at the discretion of the Secretary of Energy.


Preparation of Nomination Materials

When preparing a nomination, it is recommended that materials convey clear and factual evidence for worthiness in the context of all the assessment criteria. Nominators are encouraged to consider the interdisciplinary nature of the merit review panel, and to include a succinct description of the nature, impact and importance of the nominee’s achievement that is readily understandable to an expert panel of scientific and engineering leaders from the relevant nomination category.

Letter of Justification

It is recommended that the letter of justification, in the context of the award’s assessment criteria, highlight the nominee’s outstanding scientific, technological, and/or engineering achievement(s) underpinning the nomination, and fully describe where and how the achievements have provided leadership and impact related to the DOE and its components. The letter of justification should clearly identify the impacts and relevance of achievement(s) on DOE missions and relevant research, technical, and/or engineering communities. As applicable, the letter should also make clear the nominee’s individual contributions, impact, and role to distinguish individual achievement(s) from works that may be part of larger collaborations. (Limit 2,000 words.)

Connection to DOE Support

In this section, make clear the connection between DOE support and the nominee’s outstanding scientific and/or technological achievement(s) underpinning the nomination. Eligibility requires nominees be recognized for achievement(s) principally funded by DOE. (Limit 800 words.)

Letters of Support

Letters of support should provide additional detail, and/or add perspective to the letter of justification and connection to DOE support statements. It is recommended that the letter of support, in the context of the award’s assessment criteria, highlight the nominee’s outstanding scientific, technological, and/or engineering achievement(s) underpinning the nomination, and fully describe where and how the achievements have provided leadership and impact related to the DOE and its components. Briefly identifying how you are aware of the nominee and their work is also beneficial. At least three and not more than six letters of support are required. (Limit 1,200 words each.)

Please note, in order to submit a letter of support, letters of support authors must obtain access to the nomination system via an invitation process that is managed by lead nominator(s) and that no text or image files may be uploaded.

Jump to: Nomination System for additional information on submitting a letter of support.

Citation

The suggested citation should summarize and highlight the nominee’s achievement(s), and should generally be based on the high-level research accomplishments and impacts described in the letter of justification. (Limit 35 words.)

Bibliography of Significant Publications

Provide a bibliography of significant publications related to the achievement. Please omit any secondary publications and non-archival materials from the nominee’s bibliography and do not include complete articles as part of the nomination. (Limit 10 entries; 80 words or less each.)

Curriculum Vitae

Provide information that can be used by reviewers to evaluate the nominee’s worthiness in the context of all the assessment criteria. In the CV, please provide the following:

  • Employment background and history, including positions held and brief descriptions.
  • Academic background and training.
  • Professional honors.
  • Record of support, including sponsors, amounts, and roles.
  • Record of professional, government, and/or service activities including roles and responsibilities.
  • Record of principal publications.
  • Additional significant and relevant contributions of interest include, but are not limited to: invited talks, policy initiatives, testimony, scientific and technological management, patents, copyrights, software or hardware systems development, evidence of technological innovations in areas applicable to the nomination, and any other substantial professional leadership or service experiences.

Do not include personally identifiable information (PII) such as date of birth, social security number, etc. in the CV (Limit 2,000 words.)


Additional Information

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