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Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science

The Franklin Institute has issued a call for nominations for the 2018 Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science. This award is presented annually by The Franklin Institute to an outstanding member of the international scientific community for exceptional work in the basic, applied, or engineering sciences. A gold medal and $250,000 cash prize are bestowed upon the individual selected to receive this distinguished award.

The Franklin Institute seeks nominations for the 2018 Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science of individuals who have made significant contributions to our understanding or the development of genome editing and/or its applications. Nominations may recognize contributions including, but not limited to, the discovery/elucidation of genome editing mechanisms such as those involving CRISPR, TALENs, or zinc finger nucleases; genome editing tool development; or genome editing for basic research or applied outcomes in a variety of systems (e.g. for crop improvement or medical therapeutics). Nominations must clearly indicate the scientific impact of the nominee’s work, whether conceptual, technical, or integrative.

E-mails indicating intent to nominate can be sent to and are due by April 30, 2017. The deadline for completed nominations is May 31, 2017.  For instructions on nominating a candidate for the 2018 Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science, please visit

Questions about the appropriateness of a particular nomination are welcome and may be directed to Beth Scheraga, Director of the Awards Program, at