The Academy administers awards which are given by the Board of Trustees in recognition of excellence in the fields of science and technology.
The Theodore von Karman Award is the premier and the most prestigious award of the Academy. It is given annually to recognize outstanding lifetime achievements in any branch of science (basic sciences, engineering sciences, life sciences, or social sciences) without limit of nationality. The award honors the memory of the Academy’s founder and first President, a scientist of the highest international reputation.
The Laurels for Team Achievement Award, to recognize extraordinary performance and achievement by a team of scientists, engineers and managers in the field of Astronautics to foster its peaceful and international use.
The Science Section Awards are given annually to IAA members for outstanding achievement in basic science, engineering science, life science and social science without limit of nationality.
The Book Awards are given annually to recognize excellence in publication made by a member or a corresponding member of the Academy in the fields related to basic science, engineering science, life science and social science. These awards are given by the Board of Trustees upon recommendation of the Section Chairman through the Awards and Membership Committee.
The Luigi Napolitano Award instituted since 1992 is given annually to recognize excellence in recent publication (less than three years) made by an individual or a group non-member of the Academy in any field related to space. This award is given by the Board of Trustees upon recommendation of the Awards and Membership Committee.
Nomination forms for IAA awards are available on the restricted section of the web site. To be valid all nominations must be endorsed by a full member of the Academy.