Award those who would truly benefit from receiving the recognition.
1/ A humble suggestion for awards/prizes given to faculty members.
2/ Might not be a bad idea to have very few and select awards be given to faculty members who have already obtained tenure.
3/ And reserve a majority of the rest of such named awards (that often come with small $$ attached) to non-tenured faculty, those still trying to make it.
4/ I have noticed, since my PhD days, that senior faculty keep adding prizes to their already long CVs. Reality is that…
5/ …they don’t really care about such awards and just add trophies to their shelves. It’s like a celebrity getting likes on their tweets. At some point you stop caring. And giving orgs don’t get to do the hard work required in selecting among those not already proven.
6/ In contrast, young and upcoming scientists would value such awards much more. It would mean so much more to their careers.
7/ And they are more likely to promote the awards more, thus furthering the goal and reach of the awarding organizations as well.
8/ In the meantime it’s fine to have the really big awards (the Nobel Prizes, Heinz awards and such) be open to all faculty.
9/ Possibly we will see more young scientists seeing support for their work and achievements.
10/ And if nothing else, at least we won’t fill back pages of science publications with award announcements that no one reads, including the awardees themselves.