Applications for the 2023 Discovery | Innovation | Health Prize are OPEN

Innovation that creates a healthier future is worthy of investment. Research!America is seeking to accelerate groundbreaking progress against pandemic threats. Start your application today to be considered for the $200,000 Discovery | Innovation | Health Prize, generously supported by

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Timeline and Key Dates

May 16 – June 15, 2023

Applications open 

August 2023

Prize awardee notified

September 20, 2023

Presentation of prize in Washington, DC

Are you a researcher or clinician working to address pandemic threats? Research!America is recognizing trailblazers in pandemic preparedness research and development with the opportunity to receive a $200,000 prize to accelerate their work.

Competitive applications will feature promising ideas that advance progress against COVID-19 or that can be applied to future pandemic threats.

Nominations are welcome from individuals affiliated with a U.S.-based organization such as an academic research institution, academic medical center, independent research organization, non-profit organization, or for-profit company with sales revenues less than $10 million for each of the last two years (including U.S.-global partnerships). Nominations may originate from the following fields or combination of fields: biology, chemistry, life sciences, medicine, or technology such as AI or data science. The prize will be issued to the awardee’s organization. Prize funds must be dedicated to the award recipient’s continued work toward R&D to address pandemic threats.

* Board members and employees of Research!America, Pfizer and its subsidiaries, and immediate family members of any such persons, are not eligible for the prize. Individuals employed by the Federal Government are not eligible.

Application Criteria

Applications must be submitted electronically and are due no later than midnight ET on June 15, 2023.

Competitive applicants must demonstrate rigorous, innovative work on the cutting edge of research and development, with data to support their efforts. While only one applicant should be named on each application, evidence of team engagement is encouraged. The prize funds must be dedicated to the award recipient's continued work towards research for pandemic threats.

Applications must include complete contact information, a research summary, accompanying documentation, two letters of recommendation, and a letter of acknowledgement from the applicant’s organization. The prize will be issued to the applicant's organization, which will receive $30,000 for indirect costs associated with the support of the work of the prize-winner.

Questions regarding application criteria or prize schedule can be directed to or (571) 482-2724

Independent Jury Review

Nominations will be reviewed by an independent jury led by Dr. Victor Dzau, President of the National Academy of Medicine.

Final jury review and awardee selection will occur by mid-August 2023. The award presentation will be held on September 20, 2023, at Research!America’s National Health Research Forum in Washington, D.C.

How will your work make a difference?

Addressing pandemic threats requires innovative thinking.

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