The Edward Stone Award for Outstanding Research Publication

Purpose of the Award

To recognize and encourage publication of significant research results in science and in technology by JPL employees throughout their professional careers.


Nature of the Award

The award consists of a certificate of recognition and a Level A Bonus Award of $5000 (subject to withholdings). Up to two (2) awards will be given each year. In return, each recipient will be asked to give a public lecture to the JPL community related to the work for which she/he is being recognized. The lectures will be spread through the year.



  1. The Chief Scientist will make an annual call for nominations (in November) for peer-reviewed publications that made a significant impact and were published between October 1 of the year preceding the call to December 31 of the year of the call. Awards will be presented in the following March. Only papers for which a JPL employee is the lead author will be considered. The award will be made to the lead author.
  2. Technical Division Managers or Program/Project Managers make nominations for the awards. The nomination should include a nomination form and 10 copies of the paper. There is no limit on how many papers a single manager can nominate.
  3. An Interdisciplinary Panel of up to 10 researchers with broad scientific, technical and programmatic perspectives will review candidate papers and prioritize them according to the criteria below. The Chief Scientist and Chief Technologist will select a panel chair. The chair will work with the Chief Scientist and Chief Technologist to identify the remaining panel members. The panel will recommend up to two nominated papers for a Level A Bonus Award to the Compensation Advisory Council Subcommittee who will review and approve the nominations.
  4. The two papers will then be submitted to the JPL Director, who will notify the selected candidates.

A paper has to satisfy both of the “required” criteria and a nomination may be strengthened if the “desired” criterion is also met.



  • The publication reported a major scientific advance or technological innovation that had a significant impact in advancing a field of knowledge.
  • The result contributes to, or has contributed to, the achievement of JPL’s significant goals or objectives.



  The result:

  • Opened new scientific, technical, or programmatic opportunities for JPL.
  • Developed or used new tools, methods, or processes that enhanced technical or scientific capabilities and technical innovation.
  • Supported accelerated infusion of cutting-edge technology in flight mission or instruments; achievement made a significant breakthrough in a state-of-the-art technology or enabled breakthrough capabilities.
  • Contributed to or enabled technology transfer to a program, project, operation unit, NASA Center, other laboratory, or industry partner.


Past Recipients

Information on past recipients of the award can be found here.