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The National Academies 2011 Communication Awards Call For Nominations
January 14, 2011

The Keck Futures Initiative – a program of the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and Institute of Medicine, with the support of the W.M. Keck Foundation – will award prizes of $20,000 to individuals or teams (up to four individuals associated with the creation of the work being nominated) who have developed creative, original works that address issues and advances in science, engineering and/or medicine for the general public. Nominations are accepted in four categories: Book; Film/Radio/TV; Magazine/Newspaper; and Online.

To be considered for a 2011 Communication Award, the work should:
• be accessible and appeal to a broad, public audience;
• demonstrate clarity, creativity, originality, and accuracy;
• address issues and/or advances in science, engineering, and/or medicine;
• cover topics that have an impact on society; and
• have been published, broadcast, or released in 2010, in the United States and in English.

Call For Nominations Now Being Accepted
Nominations will be accepted through February 25, 2011.

Nominations must be submitted on the online nomination form at Copies of the nominated work must be submitted as described for each category. Self nominations are permitted. Please submit a nomination in the category that most closely fits the work(s) being nominated. Supporting materials will not be returned. There is no nomination fee.

Books must have been published in the U.S. in 2010 to be considered. Please submit two copies of the book. The publisher and year of publication must be printed on the book. Advance publication dates must be verified by the publisher.

Submissions must have aired on a U.S. station or have been released in U.S. theaters or on DVD in 2010 and may include a single story or movie, a series, or as many as six brief, unrelated stories. Please submit three CDs or DVDs labeled with the nominee’s name(s), the title(s) included on the DVD or CD, and the original airdate (with the name of the U.S. station and the program on which the stories aired) or release date. These must be submitted in protective cases and include a signed copyright release that authorizes the Keck Futures Initiative to reproduce the CD or DVD for review purposes. Submission of copies of the program transcript is also encouraged. If you are not able to provide copyright release, please submit an additional 20 copies of the CD or DVD.

Work in this category must have been published in the U.S. in 2010, and may comprise a single article or as many as four articles that are unrelated or that constitute a formal series. Please submit three original copies of each article clearly showing the byline and the name and date of the publication and a signed copyright release that authorizes the Keck Futures Initiative to reproduce the article for review purposes. If you are not able to provide copyright release, please send an additional 20 copies of the article(s), or a PDF file of the article(s).

Work created specifically for the Web must have been posted online in 2010. Entries may include as many as six online articles, hypertext documents, podcasts, commentaries, etc., or any combination thereof. Preference will be given to nominations that make the best use of the medium, including multi-media presentations that incorporate a combination of videos, blog entries, interactive features, and/or other capabilities unique to this communication medium. Include links to the unique URLs for each work(s). Links, must be active through October 1, 2011.

• January 15: Nomination process opens.
• February 25: Nomination process closes. All nominations must be submitted online by February 25, and all supporting materials – copyright release, additional review copies, and signed nomination – must be postmarked by February 25 and received by March 3, 2011.
•October 14: Winners honored at a ceremony in Washington, DC.

For More Information
Visit for a complete listing of this year’s Selection Committee.

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