Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science


The Franklin Institute

Sponsor deadline:

Award Details

The Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science is presented for outstanding achievement in a different, predetermined field of interest each year. As stipulated by the will of Henry Bower, this award includes a 14-karat gold medal and a $250,000 cash prize. The theme of the 2023 award is The Physics of Soft Matter: Self-Assembling, Responsive, Smart.


  • This is an international competition for individuals who have made significant contributions to understanding the unique properties of soft matter or to the development of applications utilizing soft matter. 

  • Nominations from any individual or organization will be accepted, including self-nominations.

  • Nominations of candidates traditionally underrepresented in science and engineering are particularly encouraged.

Nomination Procedure:

The sponsor agency would appreciate an email of intent to nominate by February 28, 2023:

Nominations must be submitted in English and must include a narrative statement (5 pages or less), and 4 confidential letters of support sent directly to the Franklin Institute by March 31.

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