The Keck Futures Initiative—a program of the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and Institute of Medicine, with the support of the W. M. Keck Foundation—will award $20,000 prizes to individuals or teams who have developed creative, original work that addresses 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.

To be considered for a 2014 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 2013, in the United States and in English.

Nominations must be submitted on the online nomination form at Copies of the nominated work must be submitted as described for each category.  Self-nominations are permitted. Please submit a nomination in the category that most closely fits the work(s) being nominated. Supporting materials will not be returned. There is no nomination fee.

Books must have been published in the U.S. in 2013 to be considered. Please submit two copies of the book. The publisher and year of publication must be printed on the book. Advance publication dates must include verification from the publisher.

Works in this category must have aired on a U.S. station or have been released in U.S. theaters or on DVD in 2013 and may include a single story or movie, a series, or as many as six brief, unrelated stories. Please submit three CDs or DVDs labeled with the nominee’s name(s), the title(s) included on the DVD or CD, and the original airdate (with the name of the U.S. station and the program on which the stories aired) or release date. These must be submitted in protective cases and include authorization allowing the Keck Futures Initia­tive to reproduce the CD or DVD for review purposes (copyright release). Submission of copies of the program transcript is also encouraged. If you are not able to provide copyright release, please submit an additional 20 copies of the CD or DVD.

Work in this category must have been published in the U.S. in 2013, and may comprise a single article or as many as four articles that are unrelated or that constitute a formal series. Please submit three original copies of each article clearly showing the byline and the name and date of the publication and authorization allowing the Keck Futures Initia­tive to reproduce the article for review purposes (copyright release). If you are not able to provide copyright release, please send an additional 20 copies of the article(s), or a PDF file of the article(s).

Works in this category may include as many as six blog entries, hypertext documents, videos, podcasts, commenta­ries, data visualizations, interactive components, etc., or any combination thereof, created specifically for the Web that were posted online in 2013. Preference will be given to nominations that make the best use of the medium, including multi-media presentations that incorporate a combination of writings, features, and/or other capabilities unique to this communication medium. Include links to the unique URLs for each work(s). Links must be active through October 31, 2014.

CLICK HERE to nominate.