Richard Atkinson funds major new prize for psychological and cognitive sciences

$200,000 prize will be sponsored by National Academy of Sciences.

A new National Academy of Sciences Prize in Psychological and Cognitive Sciences will be awarded for the first time in 2014. The $200,000 prize will be given biennially “for significant advances in the psychological and cognitive sciences with important implications for formal and systematic theory in these fields.” It may be given to an individual or shared by two individuals.

The prize is funded by a $3.5 million gift to the National Academy by psychologist Richard C. Atkinson. Atkinson is well-known for his research in cognitive psychology and for his service in such roles as director of the National Science Foundation (1976-80) and president of the University of California system (1995-2003).

Additional information about nomination procedures will be provided on the prize website.