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Microscopy Today  Innovation Awards



Each year Microscopy Today presents ten awards to organizations or individuals who have launched or published innovations in microscopy or microanalysis. Winning products and methods are selected based on their usefulness to the microscopy community. The entries most likely to win are those that provide better, faster, easier, or entirely new methods of analysis using a microscope or microanalytical instrument.


Entries may come from colleagues or as self-nominations. There are only four questions on the entry form. There is no charge to enter this competition.


Entries will be accepted only for the following: (a) new commercial microscopy-related products that were first marketed in the previous calendar year or (b) new microscopy methods and inventions that were first published in peer-reviewed journals in the previous calendar year. While multiple entries from the same organization are allowed, a single company or individual cannot receive more than one award in a given year. Officers and editors of the Microscopy Society of America and their subcontractors are not eligible.

Previous Winners

Descriptions of winning products and methods are published in the September issue of Microscopy Today. These descriptions can be accessed at no charge: go to, select website, select ‘Article Collections’ from the menu bar.

Entry Forms

Download an entry form here or contact Charles Lyman at The annual deadline for completed forms is March 21 or the following Monday if this day falls on a weekend.

2022 Winners

Andor Technology, an Oxford Instruments Company
BC43, a benchtop confocal system enabling 2D & 3D imaging

Argonne National Laboratory and Thermo Fisher Scientific Instruments
XPAD, an X-ray detector with a 4.1 sR collection angle

Brookhaven National Laboratory and the Naval Research Laboratory
MEMS-based multilayer Laue lens for X-ray microscopy

CAMECA Instruments Inc.
Invizo 6000™, an ultra-wide field-of-view atom probe

Carl Zeiss Microscopy
DeepRecon Pro, deep-learning software for X-ray microscopy
NL5, a confocal microscopy for fast live-cell imaging

CrestOptics S.p.A.
DeepSIM, a super-resolution light microscopy

FAST-EM, a multibeam scanning electron microscope

Scientifica, Ltd.
VistaScope, a multiphoton microscopy with broad bandwidth

TU Wien, FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg, and Charles University
ARPAS, an AFM method to determine the acidity of atoms