The Dreyfus Prize in the Chemical Sciences

Deadline: March 1, 2011
Announcement: late April 2011

The Dreyfus Prize in the Chemical Sciences, awarded biennially, consists of a citation, a medal, and a monetary award of $250,000. The prize is awarded to an individual in a selected area of chemistry to recognize exceptional and original research that has advanced the field in a major way. The first Dreyfus Prize was awarded to George Whitesides of Harvard University in the field of materials chemistry, honoring the accomplishments of the Dreyfus brothers, Camille and Henry.

The 2011 Dreyfus Prize will be awarded in the field of catalysis.

The prize is restricted to U.S. residents. Nobel laureates are not eligible. Dreyfus Foundation Advisors and reviewers who serve in the year of the selection are not eligible. There is no restriction on the number of nominees who are at a given institution, nor is institutional approval required.

The prize is awarded to an individual unless the research that is the principal basis for the prize was done jointly. The award decision is based primarily on the originality and impact of the nominee's research, as described in the letters of nomination and support. If the cited research is substantially interdisciplinary, those aspects that represent original chemistry should be made clear.

Nomination Procedure
Any person may nominate a candidate for the Dreyfus Prize in the Chemical Sciences. Self-nominations are not accepted. All nomination materials and letters of support are due at the Foundation office by the deadline March 1, 2011. A final decision will be made by the Foundation's Board of Directors and announced in late April 2011.

Required Information
Nomination package: The original nomination and one additional copy should be printed single-sided, on 8 1/2 x 11-inch paper, using 12-point font size, and assembled as:

1. The online nomination form (available HERE)
2. Nomination letter (three-page limit)
3. CV of not more than four pages (include highest degree and advisor)
4. List of not more than ten papers relating to the nomination
5. Provisional citation (fewer than thirty words)

Please fasten each copy of the nomination with one binder clip. The use of staples, paper clips, folders, colored paper or bond paper is discouraged.

Submit all nomination materials to:

Dr. Mark Cardillo, Executive Director
The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, Inc.
555 Madison Avenue, 20th Floor
New York, NY 10022-3301

Letters of Support: No more than three, sent directly to the Foundation, and not part of the nomination package. All letters of support should be sent to:

Dr. Mark Cardillo, Executive Director
The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, Inc.
555 Madison Avenue, 20th Floor
New York, NY 10022-3301

Letters of support must arrive by March 1, 2011. Because of the volume of mail anticipated near the deadline, the Foundation requests that a delivery service be used that provides proof of delivery. Letters cannot be accepted via electronic mail, facsimile, or if received with the nomination package. Questions may be directed to the Foundation office by e-mail at or by telephone at 212-753-1760.

Award Ceremony
The award ceremony will be held at the institution of the prizewinner and will include the presentation of the award, an award talk, and a reception. The ceremony will most likely be held in September, depending on the institutional calendar.