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2016 Communication Awards
For Excellence in Reporting Science, Medicine and Engineering


The Keck Futures Initiative – a program of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, with the support of the W.M. Keck Foundation – will award four $20,000 prizes in 2016 to individuals or teams (up to four individuals associated with the creation of the work being nominated) who have developed creative, original works that address issues and advances in science, engineering and/or medicine for the general public. Nominations are accepted in four categories: Book; Film/Radio/TV; Magazine/Newspaper; and Online. The winners will be honored in the Fall 2016 and are expected to attend in person.

To be considered for a 2016 Communication Award, the work should:
• be accessible and appeal to a broad, public audience;
• demonstrate clarity, creativity, originality, and accuracy;
• address issues and/or advances in science, engineering, and/or medicine;
• cover topics that have an impact on society; and
• have been published, broadcast, or released in 2015, in the United States and in English.

Material primarily intended for children, reference books, and textbooks are not eligible for consideration. Candidates may be individuals or teams of not more than four people. Academies’ employees are not eligible and posthumous awards are not permitted. This award is not for lifetime achievement; the work for which a candidate or team is nominated must have been published or broadcast in 2015.
Timeline for 2016 Communication Awards
February 8 Nomination process closes; all nominations must be submitted online.
February 12 All supporting materials must be received or nomination is invalid. Please see specific category for required supporting materials.
Fall 2016 Winners honored at a ceremony. Date to be determined.
The nomination process closes on February 8, 2016; copies of the nominated work must be submitted as described for each category by February 12, 2016. Self-nominations are permitted; there is no nomination fee.  Nominators are encouraged to submit to the category that most closely describes the work(s) being nominated.  Supporting materials will not be returned.

To nominate and for category criteria please click on category below.


Questions? Please email commawards@nas.edu

Winners and finalists will be announced early fall 2016.