The Nier Prize Fund
This fund supports the Nier Prize, which was established in 1995 to honor the memory of Alfred O. C. Nier, and was started by an endowment gift given by Mrs. Ardis H. Nier. The Nier Prize is typically given annually and recognizes outstanding research in meteoritics and closely allied fields by early career scientists. The recipient will be a scientist who has not yet reached his or her thirty-fifth birthday at the end of the calendar year in which he or she is selected by the Council, or whose doctorate was awarded no more than seven calendar years before the year of selection by the Council. Previous winners and procedures for nominating someone for the Nier Prize can be found at: Nier Prize.
The Jessberger Award Fund
This fund supports the Jessberger Award, which was established in 2019 to honor the memory of Prof. Elmar K. Jessberger. The award is given every other year to a mid-career female isotope geochemist for exceptional scientific contributions to the field. The recipient need not be a member of the Society, and must not have won the Jessberger Award before. Preview winner and procedures for nominating someone for the Jessberger Award can be found at: Jessberger Award.
The McKay Fund
This fund supports the McKay Award, which was established in 2008 to honor the memory of Gordon A. McKay. The award is given each year to the student who gives the best oral presentation at the Annual Meeting of the society. The recipient must be a full-time student, a member of the Society, and must not have won the McKay Award before. Previous winners and procedures for the award can be found at: McKay Award.
The O. Richard Norton Fund
This fund supports the O. Richard Norton Award, which was established in 2017 to honor the memory of science author and public educator O. Richard Norton, and is supported by John H. and Dorothy Norton Kashuba. The award provides scientists with transportation assistance to Meteoritical Society annual meetings to present papers and posters. The award recipients must be members of the society and must be first authors on a paper or poster. Preference will be given to Early Career Researchers.
The TIM Fund (Travel for International Members)
The Tim fund, established by Tim Swindle, supports travel to the Society's Annual Meeting by scientists who are Society members from countries with limited financial resources. The TIM awards are granted through the organizers of the Annual Meeting and should be applied for under the guidelines and procedures set out in the Annual Meeting website. Applications for these funds must be accompanied by an abstract for a presentation, a letter explaining the need for the funds, information about any prior awards from the Society, and a budget for this travel. The awards are based on the perceived merit of the contribution of the applicant to the Annual Meeting and to the field of meteoritics. Priority will be given to applicants who have not previously received funds from the Society, although second applications may be considered.