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Established in 1962, this award recognizes an individual or individuals for especially meritorious contributions in research and/or developing understanding in important areas of current activity. A different topic is determined annually by the ANS Board of Directors based on recommendations from the Honors and Awards Committee. Each topic is selected because of the importance to the issue with regard to the peaceful application of nuclear technology to all mankind.

The award is intended to go to an individual, or individuals, rather than to a large group or institution. The candidate should have played an outstanding role in the necessary research and analysis and/or in the interpretation and leadership associated with furthering the overall understanding of this important effort. Nominees must be living individuals and need not be ANS members.

The 2019 topic will be: Modernization or Enhancement of the Regulatory Framework for Nuclear Energy Development

It is widely recognized that the existing regulatory framework for nuclear power generation in the U.S. has served well to protect humans and the environment from potential releases of radioactive materials from nuclear facilities. This regulatory framework has focused predominantly on driving safety through deterministic, prescriptive regulation with licensees absorbing the costs of compliance. Moreover, the existing framework is largely geared to the design, construction and operation of conventional light water reactor plants. Inefficiencies inherent in the adaptation of this framework for advanced designs and technologies hampers their development and commercial deployment. Recent advances in technology and in understanding of risks and margins have created a landscape where a new approach is needed to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of regulatory processes in the U.S. and enable the modernization of the U.S. nuclear industry.

It is expected that this award would recognize an individual or team for outstanding contributions toward the modernization and enhancement of the regulatory framework for advanced nuclear technologies.

Selection Method

Nominations must include the completed nomination form accompanied by the following supporting documents:

  • A letter of recommendation
  • A narrative summary of about 1,000 words, including accomplishments, period of activity, and significance of achievements
  • A list of publications
  • A brief chronological resume
  • Letters of support (support letters recommended but not required, no more than five)
Nomination Deadline:
Monetary Award:
March 1
Annual Meeting

Nomination forms and supporting documents (in Word or Adobe Acrobat) should be emailed to

Hard copies can be mailed to:

Honors and Awards
American Nuclear Society
555 N. Kensington Avenue
La Grange Park, IL 60526-5535

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