Foresight Prizes

Foresight Prizes 2018-01-10T18:44:46+00:00

Richard Feynman discusses how physics and engineering will eventually create nanotechnology.

The 2016 shared Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded to Sir J. Fraser Stoddart for the design and synthesis of molecular machines. This was only 9 years after he received our Feynman Prize in the Experimental category for Nanotechnology and illustrates why we grant the prize: To award early pioneering work which most advances the goal for nanotechnology: molecular manufacturing, defined as the construction of atomically-precise products through the use of molecular machine systems. This prize is given in honor of Richard Feynman who, in 1959, gave a visionary talk at Caltech in which he said “The problems of chemistry and biology can be greatly helped if our ability to see what we are doing, and to do things on an atomic level, is ultimately developed — a development which I think cannot be avoided.”

To advance research in Nanotechnology, Foresight Institute sponsors the following prizes: 

  • Foresight Insitute Feynman Prizes
  • Foresight Institute Distinguished Student Award
  • Foresight Institute Prize in Communication
  • Foresight Government Prize

 

The Foresight Institute Feynman Prizes 

 

The Foresight Institute Feynman Grand Prize

The Foresight Institute Feynman Grand Prize For Major Advances In Molecular Nanotechnology was announced in 1996 (see Feynman Grand Prize announcement and article in Update 24). The Feynman Prize in Nanotechnology recognizes recent achievements that contribute to the development of nanotechnology; the Grand Prize will be awarded to recognize a crucial milestone on the road to a mature molecular manufacturing technology. Please access further details here and contact foresight@foresight.org if you think you have met the criteria for the Grand Prize.

 

The Foresight Institute Feynman Prize for Theory 

The Foresight Institute Feynman Prize for Theory is awarded for excellence in theory to the researchers whose recent work has most advanced the achievement of Feynman’s goal for nanotechnology: molecular manufacturing, defined as the construction of atomically-precise products through the use of molecular machine systems. The prize entails $ 5000, an invitation to the award ceremony and technical workshop, and public acknowledgment and support.

 

The Foresight Institute Feynman Prize for Experiment 

The Foresight Institute Feynman Prize for Experiment is awarded for excellence in experimentation to the researchers whose recent work has most advanced the achievement of Feynman’s goal for nanotechnology: molecular manufacturing, defined as the construction of atomically-precise products through the use of molecular machine systems. The prize entails $ 5000, an invitation to the award ceremony and technical workshop, and public acknowledgment and support.

The Foresight Institute Distinguished Student Award

The Foresight Institute Distinguished Student Award recognizes the College graduate or undergraduate student whose work is considered most notable in advancing the development and understanding of nanotechnology. The prize entails $ 1000, an invitation to the award ceremony and technical workshop, and public acknowledgment and support.

 

The 2018 Feynman Prizes

Submissions/nominations are due March 20, 2018.
Awards will be made at the workshop, “Integrated Molecular Machines: From Materials to Nanosystems,” to be held May 5-6, 2018, at Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri.

Prizes in the amount of $5,000 each will be awarded to the researchers whose recent work has most advanced the achievement of Feynman’s goal for nanotechnology: molecular manufacturing, defined as the construction of atomically-precise products through the use of molecular machine systems. Synonyms include “atomically precise manufacturing” (APM) and “productive nanosystems”. Separate prizes will be awarded for theoretical work and for experimental work.

The winners of this year’s prizes will be announced by May 2018 and invited to accept the prize at the highly interactive workshop, “Integrated Molecular Machines: From Materials to Nanosystems,” to be held May 5-6, 2018, at Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri. For each Prize, a travel stipend of up to US$1500 will be provided for the winner (or one member of a winning team) to attend the Workshop and accept the Prize.

Either submit your own work or nominate a colleague who deserves this prize: Foresight Institute Feynman Prizes Submission or Nomination Instructions.

Research areas considered relevant to APM (e.g., atomically precise manufacturing, molecular manufacturing, productive nanosystems and molecular machine systems) include but are not limited to:

  • artificial molecular machines
  • atomically-precise construction
  • biomolecular machinery
  • computational chemistry and molecular modeling
  • mechanosynthesis
  • nanomechanical engineering
  • nanomanipulation
  • natural molecular machines
  • scanning probes and nanometrology
  • self-assembly
  • self-replicating machines
  • supramolecular chemistry
  • ultra-precision machining

Special consideration will be given to submissions clearly leading toward the construction of productive nanosystems. Applicants wishing further information on the field of the prize are referred to the Technology Roadmap for Productive Nanosystems and the book Nanosystems: Molecular Machinery, Manufacturing, and Computation (Wiley Interscience, 1992). 

A committee chaired by a previous Feynman Prize recipient will be asked to select this year’s honorees.

2018 Distinguished Student Award

Submissions/nominations are due March 20, 2018.
Awards will be made at the workshop, “Integrated Molecular Machines: From Materials to Nanosystems,” to be held May 5-6, 2018, at Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri.

The student should not have received their PhD before June 2018.

The award includes a $1,000 prize, and an expenses-paid trip to the spring 2018 Foresight Workshop. The prizewinner must accept in person at the award ceremony. The prizewinner will receive complimentary full registration including reception, coach airfare and up to 2 nights hotel (arranged by Foresight Institute, Sat. night stay may be required), and the physical award.

Research areas considered relevant as above for Feynman Prizes.

The Foresight Institute Distinguished Student Award was established in 1997 and institutionalizes the first grant made in 1996 by Foresight to John M. Michelsen, a University of California at Irvine chemistry student.

Either submit your own work or nominate a colleague who deserves this prize.

Foresight Institute Distinguished Student Award Instructions

The Foresight Institute Communication Prize

This Foresight Institute Prize in Communication, established in 2000, recognizes outstanding journalistic or other communication endeavors that lead to a better public understanding of advanced nanotechnology. By offering this Prize, Foresight hopes to encourage continued responsible coverage of nanotechnology as a means for engaging the public in dialogue leading to improved public policy on these important issues.  

 

The Foresight Institute Government Prize 

The Foresight Government Prize was awarded for the first time at the 2005 13th Foresight Conference on Advanced Nanotechnology. It is presented periodically to the government official whose work has done the most to further the responsible and beneficial development of advanced nanotechnology. Until now, the Prize has only been awarded once, in 2005, to Congressman Mike Honda (D-California). 

 

 

 

Prof. Grzybowski receiving the 2016 Feynman Prize for Theory

Prof. Giessibl receiving the 2016 Feynman Prize for Experiment

Foresight Prizes Hall of Fame

 

2017 Foresight Prizes

2016 Foresight Prizes

2015 Foresight Prizes

2014 Foresight Prizes

  • Feynman Theoretical: Amanda S. Barnard (Australia’s Office of the Chief Executive (OCE), The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO))
  • Feynman Experimental: Joseph W. Lyding (University of Illinois and Beckman Institute)

2013 Foresight Prizes

2012 Foresight Prizes

2011 Foresight Prizes

2010 Foresight Prizes

2009 Foresight Prizes

  • Feynman Experimental: Yoshiaki Sugimoto, Masayuki Abe (Osaka University), and Oscar Custance (National Institute for Materials Science, Japan)
  • Feynman Theoretical: Robert A. Freitas Jr. (Institute for Molecular Manufacturing)

2008 Foresight Prizes

2007 Foresight Prizes

2006 Foresight Prizes

2005 Foresight Prizes

2004 Foresight Prizes

2003 Foresight Prizes

2002 Foresight Prizes

2001 Foresight Prizes

2000 Foresight Prizes

1999 Foresight Prizes

1998 Foresight Prizes

1997 Foresight Prizes

  • Feynman Experimental: James K. Gimzewski (IBM Zurich Research Laboratory), Reto Schlittler (IBM), Christian Joachim (CEMES-CNRS)
  • Feynman Theoretical: NASA Ames, MRJ Team—Charles Bauschlicher, Stephen Barnard, Creon Levit, Glenn Deardorff, Al Globus, Jie Han, Richard Jaffe, Alessandra Ricca, Marzio Rosi, Deepak Srivastava, H. Thuemmel
  • Distinguished Student Award: Phil Collins

1995 Foresight Feynman Prize: Nadrian C. Seeman (New York University)

1993 Foresight Feynman Prize:  Charles Musgrave (Caltech)