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Award to a USA, Canada, or International Scientist or Engineer to Recognize Excellence in Science

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Mani L. Bhaumik Award for Public Engagement with Science

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)


Agency: Foundation

GrantWatch ID #160043

Grant Description

Award of $5,000 to a USA, Canada, or International scientist or engineer to recognize excellence in engaging the public in science activities. This award program acknowledges outstanding contributions in promoting public awareness and participation in the areas of technology and science.

The AAAS Mani L. Bhaumik Award for Public Engagement with Science, formerly the AAAS Award for Public Understanding of Science and Technology, was established in 1987 to recognize working and retired scientists and engineers who demonstrate excellence in their contribution to public engagement with science. 

The award has an increased and renewed focus on public engagement. Public engagement activities emphasize dialogue with various publics and often result from a public interaction or request or need. Specifically, these activities are defined as the individual’s active participation in efforts to engage with the public on science- and technology-related issues and promote meaningful exchanges between science and society, as highlighted at http://www.aaas.org/resources/communication-toolkit/what-public-engagement.

Successful nominees will have demonstrated excellence in their contributions to public engagement with science activities, with a focus on interactive dialogue between the individual and a non-scientific, public audience(s).

Types of public engagement activities might include but are not limited to: informal science education; public outreach and public dialogue activities, such as science cafés and science festivals; public policy activities; science communication activities, such as 

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Eligibility:

  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- Nominations may be made by individuals, universities, government agencies, media, research organizations, and AAAS affiliate organizations.
- Editors from publishing houses may only offer one nomination.
- Self-nominations are permitted.
- Prior nomination does not exclude a nominee applying in subsequent years. Re-nomination is encouraged.
- Nominees must be individual scientists or engineers. Groups or institutions will not be considered for this award.
- AAAS employees are ineligible.
- Eligible nominees include active or retired scientists and engineers from all disciplines who have contributed substantially to the public's engagement with science or technology. Public engagement activities must be above and beyond job responsibilities.

AAAS employees are ineligible.

Pre-Application Information:

Visit the awards nomination site from April 15 through June 30, 2022 11:59 ET, to nominate a scientist or engineer for the 2023 award, to be honored at the 2023 AAAS Annual Meeting. The award is presented each year at the AAAS Annual Meeting.

Nominations:
- Nominations may be made by individuals, universities, government agencies, media, research organizations, and AAAS affiliate organizations.
- Prior nomination does not exclude a nominee applying in subsequent years. Re-nomination is encouraged.
- Nominees must be individual scientists or engineers. Groups or institutions will not be considered for this award.
- AAAS employees are ineligible.
- Eligible nominees include active or retired scientists and engineers from all disciplines who have contributed substantially to the public's engagement with science or technology. Public engagement activities must be above and beyond job responsibilities.
- Nominees considered “early career” may be eligible for the AAAS Early Career Award for Public Engagement with Science. Early career is defined as an individual who has completed their
terminal degree within seven years of the deadline for nominations.

All nominations must be submitted electronically.

FAQs: https://publicengagementaward.aaas.org/Home/FAQs

Additional Funding Information:

Number of Grants:

One scientist or engineer will be chosen to receive the award each year.

Estimated Size of Grant:

The recipient receives a monetary prize of $5,000, a commemorative plaque, and recognition at the AAAS Annual Meeting.

Contact Information:

Apply: https://bhaumik.secure-platform.com/

Inquiries may be directed to the Center for Public Engagement with Science and Technology at public_engagement@aaas.org.

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