The Molly K. Macauley Award for Research Innovation and Advanced Analytics for Policy

In the sudden and tragic passing of Dr. Molly Kenna Macauley, Senior Fellow and Vice President for Research at Resources for the Future (RFF), the environmental economics community and the space policy community lost a universally respected colleague, mentor, and friend. Molly pioneered approaches to connect insights from Earth-observing technologies and other remote sensing systems to policy, decisionmaking, and natural resource management, as well as to demonstrating the economic and societal value of new technologies and analytical methods. She consistently broke new ground as a research leader, forged ties across agencies and institutions, made complex content intellectually accessible, and conscientiously mentored the next generation of policy-engaged scholars in her field. RFF was honored to be Molly’s professional home for more than three decades.

In this spirit, and in recognition and memory of Molly’s lifelong commitment to bridging the divide between Earth and space and science and decisionmaking, RFF is honored to establish the Molly K. Macauley Award for Research Innovation and Advanced Analytics for Policy.

The Award

The Macauley Award will offer a competitive grant of $100,000 on a biennial basis for new research aimed at leveraging the power of Earth observation and other advanced technologies and analytical techniques to inform environmental, natural resource, energy, and climate policy. More details will be forthcoming.

Supporting the Macauley Award

RFF welcomes the contributions of individuals and institutions who believe in the power of new technologies—satellites, remote sensing, big data, predictive modeling, and other emerging approaches and techniques—as the basis for analytical insights that enable smarter policy decisions. Give online or mail your gift. When giving online, please select "Macauley Award" from the dropdown menu.

To learn more about supporting the Macauley Award, please contact Lea Harvey, Vice President for Development, at 202.328.5016 or