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

Mani L. Bhaumik Award for Public Engagement with Science


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Funding Source
Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

Geographic Focus
USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);
USA Compact Free Associations:The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)
International, Israel and Canada.

Important Dates
Deadline: 06/30/23 11:59 PM EST Save

Grant Description
Award of $5,000 to a USA and territories, 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

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 


Additional Eligibility Criteria
- 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.
- 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.

AAAS employees are ineligible.

Groups or institutions will not be considered for this award.

Pre-Application Information
Nominations open April 17 - June 30.

The award is presented each year at the AAAS Annual Meeting.

All nominations must be submitted electronically.


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.

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