News Release

NSB welcomes nominations for
2021 honorary awards

NSB Honorary Awards

NSB Honorary Awards (Credit and Larger Version)

July 10, 2020

Each year, the National Science Board (NSB) pays tribute to remarkable contributions and public service in science and engineering through its two honorary awards – the Vannevar Bush and NSB Public Service awards.

The NSB is now accepting nominations for its 2021 honorary awards through September 30, 2020. 

Named after the gifted engineer and dynamic public servant who was behind the creation of the National Science Foundation (NSF), NSB's Vannevar Bush Award honors truly exceptional lifelong leaders in science and technology who have made substantial contributions to the welfare of the nation through public service in science, technology, and public policy.

Vannevar Bush Award criteria and nomination instructions are available on the Vannevar Bush Award webpage.  Past recipients of the Vannevar Bush Award are listed here.

The NSB Public Service Award honors individuals and groups that have made substantial contributions to increasing public understanding of science and engineering in the United States. These contributions may be in a wide variety of areas that have the potential of contributing to public understanding of and appreciation for science and engineering, including media, education, training programs, and entertainment.

NSB Public Service Award criteria and nomination instructions are available on the NSB Public Service Award webpage. Past recipients of the NSB Public Service Award are listed here.

Leaders in the higher education, scientific society and association, congressional, federal, and private industry communities celebrate the accomplishments of NSB awardees during an awards ceremony held each spring in Washington, DC.

Media Contact: Alison Gillespie, (703) 292-2557, algilles@nsf.gov  


About the National Science Board

The NSF consists of the National Science Board and NSF Director. Jointly, the Board and the Director pursue the goals and mission of the agency. The Board identifies issues critical to NSF's future and establishes the agency’s policies within the framework of applicable national policies. The Board also serves as an independent advisory body to Congress and the Administration on policy issues in science and engineering (S&E) and education in S&E. The President appoints NSB’s 24 members—selected for their S&E expertise in research and education—for a six-year term.  


The U.S. National Science Foundation propels the nation forward by advancing fundamental research in all fields of science and engineering. NSF supports research and people by providing facilities, instruments and funding to support their ingenuity and sustain the U.S. as a global leader in research and innovation. With a fiscal year 2020 budget of $8.3 billion, NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and institutions. Each year, NSF receives more than 40,000 competitive proposals and makes about 11,000 new awards. Those awards include support for cooperative research with industry, Arctic and Antarctic research and operations, and U.S. participation in international scientific efforts.

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