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Established in 1962, this award recognizes an individual or individuals for especially meritorious contributions in research and/or developing understanding in important areas of current activity. A different topic is determined annually by the ANS Board of Directors based on recommendations from the Honors and Awards Committee. Each topic is selected because of the importance to the issue with regard to the peaceful application of nuclear technology to all mankind.

To submit a topic for consideration please contact the Honors and Awards Committee.

The award is intended to go to an individual, or individuals, rather than to a large group or institution. The candidate should have played an outstanding role in the necessary research and analysis and/or in the interpretation and leadership associated with furthering the overall understanding of this important effort. Nominees must be living individuals and need not be ANS members.

2020 Topic: Making advanced nuclear energy systems a reality: Going beyond promotion toward deployment.

The interest in advanced nuclear reactor systems has grown significantly during the past decade, both within the nuclear community and externally. These systems hold significant promise for meeting future energy needs in an economical, safe and sustainable manner. Reflecting the interest in such systems, a significant number of commercial and research organizations are exploiting advances in nuclear and non-nuclear technologies to develop new designs with innovative features and enhanced performance capabilities. Most of these organizations are proactive in promoting their designs/concepts in order to attract public- and private-sector investment in their development, licensing, and demonstration. While such promotional efforts are needed for success, this award is intended to recognize outstanding achievement in having overcome key technical, regulatory and/or financial barriers to the commercial deployment of an advanced reactor system.

Selection Method

Nominations must include the completed nomination form accompanied by the following supporting documents:

  • A letter of recommendation
  • A narrative summary of about 1,000 words, including accomplishments, period of activity, and significance of achievements
  • A list of publications
  • A brief chronological resume
  • Letters of support (support letters recommended but not required, no more than five)
Nomination Deadline:
Monetary Award:
March 1
Annual Meeting

Nomination forms and supporting documents (in Word or Adobe Acrobat) should be emailed to

Hard copies can be mailed to:

Honors and Awards
American Nuclear Society
555 N. Kensington Avenue
La Grange Park, IL 60526-5535

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