2021 Advocacy Awards

Event Date: 
Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Save the Date!

On April 14, 2021, Research!America will host the 25th anniversary of our annual Advocacy Awards, a 2-hour virtual event recognizing individuals and organizations whose commitment to science, technology and public health has contributed to societal progress in profoundly important ways.

The 2021 event marks the 25th anniversary of the Research!America Advocacy Awards and offers an opportunity, at an unprecedented time, to acknowledge and honor the powerful research and innovation deployed against past, ongoing, and future threats and opportunities bearing on the future of our nation and the global community.

This year, the Advocacy Awards will have two major components. Research!America will honor the 2020 awardees we were unable to salute in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The 2020 awardees are distinguished luminaries in patient advocacy, scientific societies, independent research institutes, industry, and academia widely known for their contributions to cutting-edge research, public health, and much more. 

Second, Research!America is establishing a new set of public health awards, which this year will recognize individuals, institutions and partnerships that have been essential to combating COVID-19 pandemic. Awardees will accept a special set of honors called the Outstanding Achievement in Public Health Awards.

In addition to this new set of awards, we will also be awarding our annual Edwin C. Whitehead Award for Medical Research Advocacy, recognizing Members of Congress committed to advancing medical research.

Amidst the darkness that the pandemic has brought around the world, these awardees represent a bright light, not only because of their accomplishments and perseverance, but because they instill the hope we all so desperately need in this moment.

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Media Contacts

Terri Schwartzbeck
Director of Communications 

If concerted, long-term investments in research are not made, America will lose an entire generation of young scientists.
Brenda Canine, PhD; McLaughlin Research Institute, Montana