Drake Award 2022

2022 Drake Awards

Event Mission – With both new and old friends, in both the San Francisco Bay Area and throughout the world, to celebrate the pursuit of life beyond earth by honoring future, current, and accomplished scientists whose work has and will have profound impacts on the field of SETI, Astrobiology and related fields; and to inspire the audience to engage with and support the work of the SETI Institute.


This honor is given at the discretion of the Board of Trustees of the SETI Institute, based on nominations from its Science Advisory Board. The honorees are presented a cash award and trophy, and are invited to describe their research at a public ceremony.

Sponsorship Opportunities/Benefits:


Event Sponsor - $25,000

Celebrate the pursuit of life beyond earth by honoring future, current, and accomplished scientists in SETI, Astrobiology and related fields, as we inspire the audience to engage with and support the work of the SETI Institute. The celebration features the prestigious Drake Award - the honoree receiving a cash award, trophy, and the opportunity to describe their research at this public ceremony.

  • Only 1 Sponsor at this level
  • Exclusive recognition as the event underwriter in event promotion and materials - virtual and printed.
  • On-stage participation and recognition during presentation of the Drake Award
  • 10 VIP event tickets

Drake Award Sponsor - $10,000

The SETI Institute’s Drake Award celebrates exemplary contributions to SETI or astrobiology through scientific research and space exploration. The award honors Frank Drake, whose Drake Equation first identified the specific factors necessary for the emergence of life in the Universe and the evolution of technological civilizations. Honoree’s are selected by the Institute’s Science Advisory Board, awarded at the discretion of the Board of Trustees of the SETI Institute. The honoree is presented a cash award, trophy, and is invited to describe their research at this public ceremony.

  • Only 1 Sponsor at this level
  • Exclusive recognition in event promotion and materials - virtual and printed.
  • Title Sponsorship of Drake Award
  • On-stage participation and recognition during presentation of the Drake Award
  • 10 VIP event tickets

Carl Sagan Center Director’s Award Sponsor - $5,000

Awarded to an outstanding SETI Institute scientist who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in their field. This award honors the impact of SETI Institute former Trustee, Carl Sagan, whose innovation, invention, leadership and collaboration in space science continues to inspire scientists and the public alike.

  • Only 1 Sponsor at this level
  • Prominent recognition in event promotion – print and virtual
  • 10 VIP event tickets

SETI Forward Award Sponsor - $5,000

SETI Institute, with its partners, have created the SETI Forward Fund to support and encourage the next generation of SETI scientists. SETI Forward will increase pathways for undergraduates interested in careers pursuing SETI research. For more information on SETI Forward, visit https://www.seti.org/seti-forward.

  • 3 Sponsors at this level (Berkeley SETI, 2 Available)
  • Prominent recognition in event promotion – virtual and printed
  • 10 VIP event tickets

Reception Sponsor - $2,500

  • 2 Sponsors at this level – Pre-Award Reception or Post-Award Reception (Pre-Award Reception: Mannan Latif, Post-Award Available)
  • Recognition in event promotion - virtual and printed
  • Prominent signage during reception
  • 5 VIP event tickets

Table Sponsor - $1,000

  • 5 Sponsors at this level – during the Pre-Award Reception
  • Recognition in event promotion - virtual and printed
  • Prominent signage at your standing cocktail table
  • 5 VIP event tickets

To secure your sponsorship opportunity for the 2022 Drake Awards, or for answers to any questions you have, contact Steve Bourdow, Development Director, sbourdow@seti.org.

Drake Award 2022

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