The deadline to submit nominations for the 2022 SC Distinguished Scientist Fellows Opportunity has passed. Award selections will be announced in a Press Release and posted on this website once available. Nominators will also receive a notification via email when selections are made public.

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An outgrowth of immense investment in scientific research initiated by the U.S. Government during World War II, the Energy Department's 17 National Laboratories have served as leading institutions for scientific innovation in the United States for more than seventy years. They address large-scale, complex research and development challenges with a multidisciplinary approach that places an emphasis on translating basic science to innovation. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science (SC) announces its interest in receiving nominations for SC Distinguished Scientist Fellows. This is an effort to strengthen support for the National Laboratory system and to provide National Laboratory scientists with access to an opportunity and honor similar to some that are available to scientists outside the National Laboratory structure.

The America COMPETES Act authorized the establishment of a Distinguished Scientist opportunity to develop, sustain, and promote scientific and academic excellence in Office of Science research through collaborations between institutions of higher education and national laboratories. This opportunity will be awarded on a competitive basis to no more than four particularly eminent and accomplished DOE National Laboratory scientists, and will consist of $1 million over three years, to be devoted to a project or projects of the recipient’s choosing. Each of the 17 DOE National Laboratory directors will be invited to nominate no more than two scientists from their respective institutions whose research has relevancy to at least one of the six major SC program offices (Advanced Scientific Computing Research, Basic Energy Research, Biological and Environmental Research, Fusion Energy Sciences, High Energy Physics, and Nuclear Physics). Awards will be selected on the basis of peer review.