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Materials science is not only one of the fastest growing and most rapidly evolving scientific disciplines, but also one that stands at the forefront of modern technology, spanning every facet of 21st-century life. The Materials Today Innovation Award recognizes leaders within the field of materials science and related disciplines who have brought materials science to the fore and advanced the field through cutting-edge research and thought-leading insight.

In 2021, the Award will comprise an honorarium of USD 4000 and an invitation to author a review in the flagship Materials Today journal.

We are now seeking nominations for the 2021 Award for candidates that have contributed “monumental” work, which has opened a new, significant field of research and resulted in impactful, practical applications. We welcome the nomination of established and recognized candidates that have already made significant and positive contributions to materials' related innovations that have, or are expected to have, a major positive impact on society.

Nominations from the previous 4 years will be automatically considered by the committee.

The 2021 Award is expected to be announced on the Materials Today website on Tuesday 30th November 2021.

Previous winners include Prof Russell Dupuis (GeorgiaTech) for developing metalorganic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) for the production of III-V compound semiconductor materials, heterostructures, and devices; and Prof Michael Grätzel (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne)  for his ground-breaking work on solar energy conversion.

Nominations comprise:

  1. a nomination letter (max. 2 pages), containing short descriptions of 1-5 materials related papers or patents by the nominee that consist of significant breakthroughs to the field - highlighting why these discoveries have greatly impacted, or have the potential to greatly impact, society.
  2. one support letter (max. 1 page) from a leading figure within the relevant field.
  3. a short CV (max. 2 pages) outlining the education, appointments, awards/honors, most relevant publications and/or patents (up to 10, total), list of companies(s) that produce products utilizing the nominee’s inventions/discoveries (if any), estimated number of end-users impacted by the products of the invention/discovery of the nominee (if any).

Self-nominations are required, though the support letter must be written by a third party.

To submit a nomination:

  1. Download and complete the nomination and support letter templates linked below.
  2. Log in/Register to your Materials Today member account below.
  3. Complete the fields which appear below
  4. Upload the completed nomination and support letters, and the short CV, using the fields which appear below.

Nominations must be received by 17th October 2021.

Please note that this award is not open to Government Officials. Full terms and conditions are available here

If you have any questions or experience problems with the nomination form, please contact Dr. Daniel Staemmler at