The Division of Biological Chemistry, often in collaboration with core ACS publications, administers a number of awards, while also providing financial assistance for our members in the early stages of their career to attend both ACS National Meetings and non-ACS meetings of interest to members of our division.

Division of Biological Chemistry Awards

Abeles and Jencks Award for the Chemistry of Biological Processes

PURPOSE To acknowledge and encourage outstanding contributions to the understanding of the chemistry of biological processes, with particular emphasis on structure, function, and mechanism. The Award is administered by the Division of Biological Chemistry (DBC) of the American Chemical Society (ACS). NATURE The award consists of a $6,000 honorarium and a medal. The award is presented… Read More


Eli Lilly Award in Biological Chemistry

Nominees shall have accomplished outstanding research in biological chemistry of unusual merit and independence of thought and originality. No more than 10 years shall have passed since the nominee completed his/her last period of postdoctoral training by April 1, 2023 and he/she shall be actively engaged in the line of research for which the award… Read More


Pfizer Award in Enzyme Chemistry

This award has been terminated. The Division of Biological Chemistry wishes to thank Pfizer Inc. for their gracious support of this award over the last 75 years, an event celebrated at the Spring ACS 2022 National Meeting with presentations by Paul Schimmel (1978 awardee), Tom Cech (1985), Ron Raines (1998), Ruma Banerjee (2001) and Kate… Read More


ACS Lectureships and Young Investigator Awards

ACS Publications journal awards and lectureships recognize a mix of early career and established investigators who have made significant contributions to research in their fields.

The ACS Chemical Biology Lectureship (to be recast as the ACS Chemical Biology Young Investigator Award in 2022)

ACS Chemical Biology and the ACS Division of Biological Chemistry are pleased to announce the annual lectureship to honor the contributions of an individual who has had a major impact on scientific research in the area of Chemical Biology and has published at least one paper in ACS Chemical Biology. The award will be presented… Read More


The Gordon Hammes Lectureship Award and The Gordon Hammes Scholar Award

Nominations are requested for The Gordon Hammes Lectureship Award and The Gordon Hammes Scholar Award, which will be presented during the Fall ACS National Meeting.The Editor-in-Chief of Biochemistry and the Division of Biological Chemistry of the American Chemical Society administer these awards jointly. The award is also intended to foster closer relations between the ACS… Read More


ACS Infectious Diseases Young Investigator Award

The ACS Infectious Diseases Young Investigator Award and the ACS Division of Biological Chemistry recognize outstanding young investigators in the infectious diseases field who are within ten years of their last training experience or at the Assistant Professor level. Read More


Other Journal Awards

Biopolymers Murray Goodman Memorial Prize

Inaugurated in 2007 in honor of the Biopolymers Founding Editor, the Murray Goodman Memorial Prize recognises outstanding accomplishments in one or more of the areas of biochemistry, biophysical chemistry, biophysics or chemical biology. Nominations for the prize should contain a statement of 1,000 words or fewer written by the nominator, detailing the research accomplishments of… Read More


Travel Awards to attend non-ACS meetings

Founders Travel Award

PURPOSE To support the participation of students and/or postdocs at the Winter Enzyme Mechanisms Conference (EMC). The Award is administered by the Division of Biological Chemistry (DBC) of the American Chemical Society (ACS). NATURE The award consists of travel support up to $2,000 for one graduate student or postdoc to attend the biannual Winter Enzyme… Read More


Knowles Travel Award

PURPOSE To support the participation of graduate students at the Gordon Research Conferences (GRC), Bioorganic Chemistry and Enzymes, Coenzymes, and Metabolic Pathways. The Award is administered by the Division of Biological Chemistry (DBC) of the American Chemical Society (ACS). NATURE The award consists of travel support up to $1,000 for one graduate student to attend… Read More


Travel Awards to attend ACS National Meetings

The Division offers travel awards on a competitive basis for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to attend each national meeting and present a poster or oral presentation on their research. The selected awardees will be reimbursed up to $600 for travel and registration expenses.