Edward A. Flinn III Award

Basic Information


Nomination Process & Requirements


Flinn Award Committee


Nominations for the Flinn Award are open. Submit a Nomination »

The Edward A. Flinn III Award is given annually to an “individual or small group who personifies the Union’s motto ‘unselfish cooperation in research’ through their facilitating, coordinating, and implementing activities.” This award is for the unsung heroes who provide the ideas, motivation, and labors of love that build and maintain the infrastructure without which our science could not flourish.

Edward Flinn III Biography


  • Engraved Waterford crystal clock
  • Recognition at the AGU Fall Meeting during the award presentation year
  • Two complimentary tickets to the Honors Banquet at the AGU Fall Meeting during the award presentation year
  • Recognition in Eos


  • All nominations should clearly demonstrate the key criteria of: facilitation, coordination, implementation, unselfish cooperation, and the building and maintaining of infrastructure that supports the scientific community.
  • Contributions should be for a sustained infrastructure as opposed to a single event, field campaign, or gathering. A sustained infrastructure supports an ongoing community of scientists or brings together a community of scientists and provides a way to improve, support, or conduct their science for a sustained period of time.
  • Infrastructure may include (but is not exclusive of) the following:  instruments; satellites; tools; networks; observation platforms; data management, modeling, or data repository infrastructures; organizational structures;  research and research support programs; programs that improve the research environment; and gatherings (working groups, committees, workshops etc).
  • When submitting a group nomination, make clear the contribution from each person.

AGU Section Affiliation(s): Open to all

Nomination Process & Requirements

Nomination Eligibility:



  • Active AGU membership is required.
  • Compliance with AGU Conflict of Interest Policy.
  • Duplicate nominations for one individual will not be accepted. However, one co-nominator is permitted (but not required) per nomination.


Nomination Requirements:

Two or more nomination packages for a single candidate will not be considered. If separate packages are received, the nominators will be asked to combine them.

Your nomination package should contain the following files, which should be no more than two (2) pages in length per document:

  1. Nomination letter with one-sentence citation. Letterhead stationary is preferred, and should include the nominator’s name, title, institution and contact information. The citation should appear at either the beginning or end of the nomination letter and be no more than 150 characters.
  2. Nominee’s curriculum vitae (CV). Please include all of following information for the candidate: name; mailing and email address; history of employment; degrees; research experience; honors; memberships, and service to the community through committee work, advisory boards, etc.
  3. Nominee’s selected bibliography. The list should encompass the candidate’s overall research and scientific contribution that best support their nomination for the Flinn Award.
  4. 3 letters of support (total does not include nomination letter). Letterhead stationary is preferred. Supporter’s name, title, institution, and contact information are required.

Submission Process

Nomination Submissions:

Nominations open: 15 January 2019
Nominations close: 15 April 2019

Nominations for the Flinn Award must be submitted through the online submission system.

Nomination packages submitted online must be complete at the time of submission. Please note that only complete packages will be forwarded to the Flinn Award Committee for review.

For detailed information on nomination requirements, please view the AGU Union Awards, Medals and Prize frequently asked questions (FAQ) section. For additional questions, contact the Honors Team at agu_unionhonors@agu.org.