IUPAC offers a number of awards to honor scientific contributions and expertise. These include:
- IUPAC-SOLVAY International Award for Young Chemists
Established to encourage outstanding young research scientists at the beginning of their careers. The awards are given for the most outstanding Ph.D. theses in the general area of the chemical sciences, as described in a 1000-word essay.
> 2016: Awardees announced
- IUPAC-Richter Prize in Medicinal Chemistry
Established to acknowledge the key role that medicinal chemistry plays toward improving human health by awarding an internationally recognized scientist, preferably a medicinal chemist, whose activities or published accounts have made an outstanding contribution to the practice of medicinal chemistry or to an outstanding example of new drug discovery.
> 2016: Michael J. Sofia, Ph.D. is Awarded the 2016 IUPAC-Richter Prize
- Polymer International – IUPAC Award
Established to recognize creativity in applied polymer science or polymer technology. This award celebrates the achievements of young researchers in the polymer community.
> 2016: Fifth Polymer International-IUPAC Award Winner goes to Richard Hoogenboom
- IUPAC-ThalesNano Prize in Flow Chemistry
Established to honor an internationally recognized scientist, whose activities or published accounts have made an outstanding contribution in the field of flow chemistry in academia or industry.
> 2016: This year IUPAC ThalesNano prize has been awarded to Professor Volker Hessel
- IUPAC International Award for Advances in Harmonized Approaches to Crop Protection Chemistry
Established to recognize individuals in government, intergovernmental organizations, industry, and academia who have exercised personal leadership for outstanding contributions to international harmonization for the regulation of crop protection chemistry.
> 2016: Dan Kunkel to receive the IUPAC International Award for Advances in Crop Protection Chemistry
- CHEMRAWN VII Prize for Atmospheric and Green Chemistry
Established to honor a young investigator (less than 45 years of age) from a developing country who is actively contributing to research in Green Chemistry and Atmospheric Chemistry.
> 2016: Ali Maleki is Awarded the 2016 IUPAC-CHEMRAWN VII Prize for Green Chemistry
- Thieme-IUPAC Prize
Established to honor a scientist under 40 years of age whose research has had a major impact in synthetic organic chemistry. The prize is given on the basis of scientific merit for independent research dealing with synthesis in the broadest context of organic chemistry, including organometallic chemistry, medicinal and biological chemistry, designed molecules, and materials.
- Hanwha-Total IUPAC Young Scientist Award (formerly Samsung-IUPAC Young Scientist Award)
Established to honor a polymer chemist under forty years of age. The winner of the Hanwha-Total IUPAC Young Scientist Award (formerly the Samsung–IUPAC Young Polymer Scientist Award) is chosen every other year right before the World Polymer Congress from a pool of recommended candidates who are below age 40. The award is managed by the IUPAC Polymer Division and made possible by an endowment from Samsung Total Petrochemical Co. Ltd. of South Korea.
> 2016: The Hanwha-Total IUPAC Young Scientist Award, to be presented at Macro2016, has been awarded to Moon Jeong Park and Brent Sumerlin
- Franzosini Award
Established to recognize a promising young contributor to the Solubility Data Project (SDP) to help them attend, in even years, the International Symposium on Solubility Phenomena (ISSP) and, in odd years, the annual meetings of the Subcommittee on Solubility and Equilibrium Data.
- IUPAC Distinguished Women in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering
Established to acknowledge and promote the work of women chemists/chemical engineers worldwide. Awardees are selected based on excellence in basic or applied research, distinguished accomplishments in teaching or education, or demonstrated leadership or managerial excellence in the chemical sciences. The Awards Committee is particularly interested in nominees with a history of leadership and/or community service during their careers. (see 2015 Awardees and related project)
- IUPAC Poster Prize
Established to recognize outstanding undergraduate poster presentations at IUPAC Congresses and division-sponsored conferences.
- PhosAgro/UNESCO/IUPAC research grants in green chemistry: Established to give young scientists involved in research in green chemistry and allied areas in biochemistry, geochemistry, biotechnology, ecology and healthcare ample opportunity to demonstrate their inventiveness and provide important input to sustainable development.
> 2015: Six Green Chemistry for Life Grants awarded