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Alan T. Waterman Award

Call for Nominations - 2017 Alan T. Waterman Award: August 1 - October 21, 2016

The National Science Foundation is now accepting nominations for the 2017 Alan T. Waterman award. Please review the eligibility and selection criteria below and submit your nominations through FastLane. The submission deadline for nominations is October 21, 2016.

View the "call for nominations" flyer (PDF format).

2016 Alan T. Waterman Awardee

The National Science Foundation is pleased to announce that Mircea Dincă, a chemistry professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is the winner of the 2016 Alan T. Waterman Award.

Dr. Dincă's research demonstrates that metal organic frameworks (MOF) can store electrical energy - something previously unknown - resulting in a new class of MOF materials with high surface areas possessing "charge mobility values," and new hybrid MOFs with unprecedented electrical conductivity. These new MOFs have potential uses in electrocatalysis for renewable energy applications, and in developing high-powered super capacitors.

For more information, please see the press release.


Congress established the Alan T. Waterman Award in August 1975 to mark the 25th Anniversary of the National Science Foundation and to honor its first Director. The annual award recognizes an outstanding young researcher in any field of science or engineering supported by the National Science Foundation. In addition to a medal, the awardee receives a grant of $1,000,000 over a five year period for scientific research or advanced study in the mathematical, physical, biological, engineering, social, or other sciences at the institution of the recipient's choice.

For more information, please see the Waterman Award fact sheet, prepared by the NSF Office of Legislative and Public Affairs.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

  1. A candidate must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. He or she must be 35 years of age or younger, OR not more than 7 years beyond receipt of the Ph.D. degree, by December 31st of the year in which they are nominated.

  2. A candidate should have demonstrated exceptional individual achievement in scientific or engineering research of sufficient quality, originality, innovation, and significant impact on the field so as to situate him or her as a leader among peers.

Nomination Requirements

  • Nomination packages consist of a nomination and four letters of reference submitted via FastLane NOTE: Reference letters should not exceed two pages.

  • The names of four references are required for each nomination. The references cannot come from the nominee’s home institution. References must be requested by the nominator and submitted by the established FastLane deadline.

  • Nominations will not be reviewed by the Committee unless all the requirements are met.

  • Institutions may nominate an unlimited number of individuals.


Please see the Frequently Asked Questions page for specific questions about the award criteria or the nomination process.

For any other questions, or for additional information, please send e-mail to or call the NSF Office of Integrative Activities at 703-292-8040.