Advocacy Awards

April 14, 2021, 4-6 p.m. ET

The 2021 event will mark the 25th anniversary of the Research!America Advocacy Awards and offers an unprecedented opportunity at an unprecedented time to acknowledge and honor the powerful research and innovation deployed in the fight against COVID-19. 

This year, the 25th Anniversary Advocacy Awards will have two major components. First, Research!America will honor the 2020 awardees we were unable to salute in March 2020 due to restrictions caused by COVID-19. The 2020 awardees are distinguished luminaries in government, patient advocacy, scientific societies, independent research institutes, industry, and academia and are widely known for their contributions to cutting-edge research, public health, legislative achievements, and much more. Meet the 2020 awardees below.

Second, as a very special component of the 25th anniversary event, Research!America will recognize the extraordinary work and enormous contributions in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic through a special set of honors called the Outstanding Achievement in Public Health Awards. The four Outstanding Achievement in Public Health Awards will honor individuals, entities, or partnerships demonstrating commitment to research through discovery, innovation, public communication, and leadership.

The 2021 event, presented virtually, will be high-energy, engaging, inspiring, and filled with current and future pivotal leaders. The program will feature a mix of interviews, fireside chats, and Q&A sessions to introduce and honor the 2020 and 2021 Awardees.

Registration information will be available soon!

Thank you to our 2021 sponsors and benefactors. Learn more about them by checking out the links below.

For information about sponsorship opportunities for the 2021 Advocacy Awards, please contact Katie Goode, Director, Alliance Development and Membership at

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Research!America's Advocacy Awards

The annual Research!America Advocacy Awards Program was established in 1996 by the Board of Directors to honor outstanding advocates for medical, health, and scientific research. We recognize individuals and organizations whose leadership efforts have been notably effective in advancing our nation's commitment to research. A list of our past Advocacy Awards winners is available here. To learn more about supporting the Advocacy Awards, contact Katie Goode at

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