Appendix C
Review of Other Prizes and Awards

This committee reviewed other prizes and awards to provide a context in which to consider its guidelines for the implementation of the Martha Muse Prize. The prizes and awards discussed by the committee fell into two groups: prizes, for which deserving individuals are nominated; and awards, for which individuals apply. Prizes are unrestricted with few, if any, conditions or requirements for use of the prize funds. Award applications generally require some plan or proposal describing work that will be undertaken using the award and/or identifying deliverables that will be produced.

PRIZES

Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement (http://www.usc.edu/dept/LAS/tylerprize/):

  • US$400,000.

  • Administered by the University of Southern California.

  • Has an independent selection committee.

Ramon Margalef Prize in Ecology and Environmental Sciences (http://www.gencat.net/premiramonmargalef/eng/index.htm):

  • €100,000.

  • Administered by the President of the Generalitat of Catalonia, Spain.

  • Has an independent selection committee.

BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Awards (https://w3.grupobbva.com/TLFU/premios/fronteras/en/index.html):

  • €400,000.

  • Administered by the BBVA Foundation and Spain’s Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas.

Ecological Society of America’s George Mercer Award (http://www.esa.org/aboutesa/awards.php):

  • US$1,000 for an outstanding publication by a young scientist.

  • Has an independent selection committee.



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Appendix C Review of Other Prizes and Awards This committee reviewed other prizes and awards to provide a context in which to consider its guidelines for the implementation of the Martha Muse Prize. The prizes and awards discussed by the committee fell into two groups: prizes, for which deserving individuals are nominated; and awards, for which individuals apply. Prizes are unrestricted with few, if any, conditions or requirements for use of the prize funds. Award applications generally require some plan or proposal describing work that will be undertaken using the award and/or identifying deliverables that will be produced. PRIZES Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement (http://www.usc.edu/dept/LAS/tylerprize/): US$400,000. Administered by the University of Southern California. Has an independent selection committee. Ramon Margalef Prize in Ecology and Environmental Sciences (http://www.gencat.net/premiramonmargalef/eng/index.htm): €100,000. Administered by the President of the Generalitat of Catalonia, Spain. Has an independent selection committee. BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Awards (https://w3.grupobbva.com/TLFU/premios/fronteras/en/index.html): €400,000. Administered by the BBVA Foundation and Spain’s Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas. Ecological Society of America’s George Mercer Award (http://www.esa.org/aboutesa/awards.php): US$1,000 for an outstanding publication by a young scientist. Has an independent selection committee. 23

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Ecological Society of America’s Robert H. MacArthur Award (http://www.esa.org/aboutesa/awards.php): US$1,700 prize and travel support for meritorious achievement by a mid-career scientist. Has an independent selection committee. American Society of Naturalists’ Sewall Wright Award (http://www.amnat.org/ASN/awa.html): US$1,000 rewarding contributions by a senior investigator. Has an independent selection committee. American Society of Naturalists’ E. O. Wilson Award (http://www.amnat.org/ASN/awa.html): US$2,000 for an active investigator in mid-career who has made significant contributions to the knowledge of a particular ecosystem or group of organisms; an individual whose research and writing illuminate principles of evolutionary biology and an enhanced aesthetic appreciation of natural history are given special consideration. Has an independent selection committee. AWARDS National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program (http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2005/nsf05579/nsf05579.htm): US$200,000. For career development. Requires a detailed proposal. NSF’s Postdoctoral Fellowships in Polar Regions Research (http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5650): US$100,000. Requires a proposal, study plan, and participating mentor and home institution. European Research Council Starting Independent Researcher Grant (http://erc.europa.eu/index.cfm?fuseaction=page.display&topicID=65): Up to €2,000,000 for five years. Requires a proposal. 24