Sciences and Exploration Directorate

Awards: How to Nominate

International Awards

Royal Astronomical Society prizes:

Various Sponsors:

National Awards

External Awards and Prizes

NASA Awards

NASA-wide Awards

Goddard Awards

Goddard Awards
  • GSFC Office of Human Capital Awards Program pages.
    The OHCM page hosts nomination forms for awards including:
    • the Excellence in Information Science & Technology (IS&T) Award,
    • the John C. Lindsay Memorial Award for Space Science,
    • the Moe I. Schneebaum Memorial Award for Engineering,
    • the William Nordberg Memorial Award for Earth Science, and
    • the Robert H. Goddard Honor Awards.


SED Prize & Awards Committees

Division Awards

Earth Sciences (610)

No Division-level awards programs. See Lab-level awards.

Astrophysics (660)

Annual Peer Awards
Announcements are sent out to staff via email in May. Awardees from previous two years are ineligible. Send nominations to

Heliophysics (670)

Annual Peer Awards
Announcements are sent out to staff via email in late spring or early summer.

Solar System (690)

Annual Peer Awards
Announcements are sent out to staff via email in late spring. Nominations are done via a webform. See this internal site for more information

Laboratory Awards

Laboratory awards given in 610 only.

GMAO (610.1)

Peer awards for contractor/university personnel.

GISS (611)

Yearly nominations solicited for most popular journal publication and best publilc science.
No formal peer award program, though occasionally given.

Atmospheres Group (610.W, 612, 613, 614)

Peer awards for contractor/university personnel. Award categories:

  • Best Senior Author Publication
  • Outstanding Performance
    • Science
    • Engineering
    • Technical Support
    • Instrumentation
    • IT Security
    • Software Development
    • Administrative Support

Climate and Radiation Laboratory (613)

Annual peer awards at the beginning of the calendar year. Award categories:

  • Best first-authored paper
  • Scientific Leadership Award
  • Outstanding technical or science support/achievement
  • Outstanding Administrative Support
  • Special Award for an act of exceptional merit, beyond the call of duty

Hydrospheric and Biospheric Sciences (615-619)

Annual awards ceremony in the summer. Award categories:

  • Scientific Achievement - (civil servants and contractors)
  • Scientific, Technical, or Outreach support (civil servants and contractors)
  • Administrative Business Support - (civil servants and contractors)
  • Career Achievement (Civil Servants)
  • Outstanding Publication