2016 Prize for Industrial Applications of Physics

The Prize for Industrial Applications of Physics was established in 1977 by the American Institute of Physics to publicize the value of physics research in the private sector. The award is sponsored by the General Motors Corporation.

The prize is awarded biennially on behalf of the Corporate Associates of AIP and consists of $10,000, an allowance for travel to receive the prize, and the award itself.

Rules and eligibility

The AIP Prize is awarded to inventors of proven applications of physics which led to major innovative technologies, systems, or products. Actual benefit to a United States of America employer is a significant criterion.

The prize is intended to recognize the contribution of an individual but can be shared by more than one person where circumstances warrant.  

Presentation of the Award

The Prize will be presented at an upcoming AIP Industrial Physics Forum or AIP Member Society Meeting.


Nominations should include:

  • A cover letter providing a description of the work for which the nomination is being made, its commercial significance, and a draft citation
  • List of relevant publications and patents
  • Letters of support (no more than four).

An Award Committee consists of five members and is constituted separately for each successive award. Members are designated by the Corporate Associates Advisory Committee. The Chair of the Corporate Associates Advisory Committee serves also as Chair of the Award Committee. The Executive Director of AIP serves as an ex officio member of the Award Committee.

Nominations for the current cycle are now closed.