External Awards are those awards not exclusive to IEEE but of interest to IEEE and its members.
The External Awards Committee shall be responsible for reviewing and suggesting actions on outside sources of awards of interest to IEEE members, for recommending nominations for such external awards as may be assigned to it by the Awards Board (AB), and for recommending IEEE candidates for service on joint society medals, and awards committees to the AB.
The Bell Labs Prize is a competition for innovators from participating countries around the globe that seeks to recognize proposals that "change the game" in the field of information and communications technologies by a factor of 10. It also provides selected innovators the unique opportunity to collaborate with Bell Labs researchers to help realize their vision. First-prize winners receive US$100,000 (with a matching US$100,000 gift to the winner's university); second prize is US$50,000; and third prize is US$25,000. All three winners will also be considered for the unique opportunity to work within the world-renowned Bell Labs to further explore their ideas, following the end of the competition.
The Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science was established in 1990. It is presented annually to a distinguished member of the international scientific community for work in a prescribed discipline that changes each year. The nomination deadline is 31 May. Recipients receive a gold medal and cash honorarium.
The Vannevar Bush Award was established in 1980. This award recognizes and individual who, through public service activities in science and technology, has made an outstanding contribution toward the welfare of mankind and the nation. The nomination deadline is 15 November. Recipients receive a medal.
The C&C Prize was established in 1985. It is presented to recognize outstanding contributions to R&D Activities and pioneering works in the area of C&C. The nomination deadline is 31 May. Recipients receive a certificate, plaque, and cash honorarium.
The John Fritz Medal, referred to as the highest award in the engineering profession, is presented each year for scientific or industrial achievement in any field of pure or applied science. It was established in 1902 as a memorial to the great engineer whose name it bears. The nomination deadline is 31 December.
The Linton E. Grinter Distinguished Service Award was established in 1972. It is presented annually to an individual who has a record of meaningful involvement in the work of ABET over a significant period of time. His/her work shall include significant contributions at several levels in one or more of the major activities of ABET as an elected officer, an accreditation commission member, or service on standing or special committees. The nomination deadline is 31 May. Recipients receive a certificate and special desk award.
The Hoover Medal was established in 1929. This award is given for great and unselfish, non-technical service, by an engineer to his fellow man. The nomination deadline is 15 February. Recipients receive a gold medal and a certificate.
The Kyoto Prize was established in 1984. It is an international award given to honor those who have contributed significantly to the scientific, cultural, and spiritual betterment of mankind. The prize is presented annually in each of the following categories: Advanced Technology, Basic Sciences, and Arts and Philosophy. Candidates for the Kyoto Prize are nominated by official Kyoto Prize nominators. Recipients receive a diploma, gold medal, and cash honorarium.
The Marconi Prize was established in 1975. It is presented annually to an individual or individuals for innovation in information technologies for broad public benefit. The nomination deadline is 30 June. Recipient receive a work of sculpture and cash honorarium.
The Millenium Technology Prize was established in 2004. This award is presented every other year to individuals that promote technological research and innovation that have a positive impact on the quality of life, alleviate fears towards technological change and encourage discussion between technology specialists and societal decision makers. The nomination deadline is 1 October. Recipients receive a trophy and cash honorarium.
The National Medal of Technology and Innovation was established in 1980. This award is given annually to individuals or a team up to four companies or divisions of companies for their outstanding contributions to the Nation's economic, environmental, and social well-being through the development and commercialization of technological products, processes and concepts; technological innovation; and development of the Nation's technological manpower. The nomination deadline is 30 May. Recipients receive a medal.
The Alfred Noble Joint Prize Award was established in 1929. This award is given to a member of any grade of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers, Inc.; the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the IEEE, or the Western Society of Engineers. It is given for a technical paper of exceptional merit accepted by the Committee on Publications, or a committee of like standing, for publication in any of their technical publications, provided that the author has not passed their 35th birthday at the time the paper is submitted to the society in its final form. The nomination deadline is 1 May. Recipients receive a certificate and honorarium.
The Fritz J. and Delores H. Russ Prize was established in 1999. It is presented every other year to recognize engineering achievement within an emerging engineering discipline that has significantly impacted society and has contributed to the advancement of the human condition through widespread use. The nomination deadline is 4 April. Recipients receive a gold medallion, certificate, and cash honorarium.
The Elmer A. Sperry Award was established in 1955. This award is given for a distinguished engineering contribution which, through application, proved in actual service, has advanced the art of transportation whether by land, sea, air or space. The term contribution as here used includes, but is not limited to, such contributions as devices or procedures in the fields of safety, precision, comfort, dependability, reliability, economics in production or use of vehicles, or a combination of several such elements. The nominations are accepted on a continuous basis until their meeting in mid-October. Recipients receive a bronze medal, certificate, and copy of the biography of Elmer A. Sperry.
The Charles Stark Draper Prize was established in 1989. It is presented annually to recognize achievements in all engineering disciplines. The nomination deadline is 4 April. Recipients receive a gold medallion, certificate, and cash honorarium.