Welch Foundation Awards

The Welch Foundation, based in Houston, Texas, is one of the United States’ oldest and largest private funding sources for basic chemical research. Since its founding in 1954, the organization has contributed to the advancement of chemistry through research grants, departmental programs, endowed chairs, and other special projects at educational institutions in Texas. The Foundation bestows two awards, the Welch Award in Chemistry and the Norman Hackerman Award in Chemical Research.

The purpose of the Welch Award in Chemistry is to foster and encourage basic chemical research and to recognize, in a substantial manner, the value of chemical research contributions for the benefit of mankind. Any person can be considered for the award who has made important chemical research contributions which have had a significant, positive influence on mankind. The award is intended to recognize contributions that have not previously been rewarded in a similar manner. The monetary amount of the award is $500,000.

The Norman Hackerman Award in Chemical Research was established by the Foundation to honor Norman Hackerman, its Scientific Advisory Board chair from 1982 to 2006. The award recognizes the accomplishments of chemical scientists in Texas who are early in their careers. It is designed to encourage scientists who are embarking on careers dedicated to increasing our fundamental understanding of chemistry. The current monetary amount of the award is $100,000.

Welch Award in Chemistry Recipients

Allen J. Bard (Chemistry, Biochemistry) –2004
Karl A. Folkers* (Chemistry, Biochemistry) –1972

* deceased

Norman Hackerman Award in Chemical Research Recipients

Delia J. Milliron (Chemical Engineering) –2017

Visit the Welch Foundation Awards website.