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Dreyfus Prize in the Chemical Sciences: Chemical Instrumentation

The Dreyfus Prize in the Chemical Sciences is awarded to an individual in a selected area of chemistry to recognize exceptional and original research that has advanced the field in a major way. The prize is awarded biennially and consists of a citation, a medal, and a monetary award of $250,000.

The inaugural Dreyfus Prize was awarded to George Whitesides of Harvard University in the field of materials chemistry, honoring the accomplishments of the Dreyfus brothers, Camille and Henry. The second Dreyfus Prize was awarded to Tobin Marks of Northwestern University in the field of catalysis.

The 2013 Dreyfus Prize will be awarded in the field of chemical instrumentation. A PDF of the 2013 prize announcement can be found HERE.

The prize will be awarded for the invention or development of instrumentation that has greatly advanced the chemical sciences. The prize is generally awarded to an individual. If the cited advance is substantially interdisciplinary, those aspects that represent original chemistry should be made clear.

The prize is open to individuals, both domestically and internationally. There is no restriction on the number of nominees from a given institution, nor is institutional approval required. Present Dreyfus Foundation Advisors and consultants, previous Dreyfus Prize winners, and Nobel laureates are not eligible.

Nomination Procedure
Any person may nominate a candidate for the Dreyfus Prize. Self-nominations are not accepted. All nomination materials and letters of support are due at the Foundation office by March 1, 2013. A decision will be announced in early May 2013.

Required Information
Nomination package: The nomination should be formatted on 8 1/2 x 11-inch paper, using 12-point font size. Assemble it as:

1. The online nomination form
2. Nomination letter (three-page limit)
3. CV of not more than four pages (include highest degree and advisor)
4. List of not more than ten total papers and patents relating to the nomination
5. Provisional citation (fewer than thirty words)

Please generate all above materials as a single PDF document and e-mail it to:

Letters of support: No more than three, sent directly to the Foundation, and not part of the nomination package.

Please email each letter of support as a PDF document to:

All materials must arrive by March 1, 2013.

Questions may be directed to the Foundation office by e-mail at or by telephone at 212-753-1760.

Application Instructions

There is no institutional limit - and there will be no UW internal review.

Opportunity Details

Program web page

Program Announcement No.


02/22/2013 UW Internal Deadline Closed
02/22/2013 OSP Deadline
03/01/2013 Sponsor Deadline

Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation

Funding amount


Eligible groups
  • All campus

Inquiries and Contact Information

Investigators who identify a grant, award or fellowship program that restricts the number of applications that can be submitted from an Institution should immediately contact their Chairperson, Associate Dean for Research (or Dean, if no ADR) and the Office of Research (see below) if they intend to prepare a response. Failure to do so, or to meet the deadlines for submission of pre-proposal, will preclude submission of the application through the Office of Sponsored Programs.

For general inquiries, or to request a listing of a limited submission opportunity that should be but is not already listed, please email us at